1905 – Yelm in the news

Fred. Verville has been granted a liquor license at Yelm, he having purchased a business already established there.

Washington Standard    January 5, 1905

Mrs. James Price has returned to her home at Yelm after a pleasant visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Meays, of Eastside.

Washington Standard    February 24, 1905

Miss Bessie Stone who lately closed a successful term of school near Little Rock, opened a term of school Monday in district No. 61, near Bucoda.

Washington Standard

February 24, 1905

Mr. and Mrs. L.J. Byrne and their two sons left by the Umatilla this week for California, expecting to found a home somewhere in the Santa Clara valley. Mr. Byrne has been a resident of Yelm the past ten years and a teacher of schools in the county for a still longer period.

Washington Standard

March 10, 1905

A sad accident befell the two-year-old daughter of Fred Witeman, who resides on Chambers prairie, Tuesday, which resulted in her death. She obtained possession, some way, of sugar coated tablets of strychnine and belladonna and swallowed the saccharine matter from them, and doubtless some of the poison. The funeral was held Wednesday and a large assemblage of neighbors were present to tender their sympathy in the distressing disaster.

Washington Standard

April 7, 1905

The Fox sawmill, near Yelm, was destroyed by fire last Friday night. Loss $2,000. It had been in operation in the timber of that district for a number of years.

Washington Standard

April 21, 1905

There are 775 telephones in use in this city and this number will doubtless be largely augmented by the rural lines now under construction of Yelm, Sherlock and Mud Bay.

Washington Standard

May 5, 1905

Hans Anderson was brought in from the Goodro camp at North Bay yesterday, suffering from a scalp-wound received in some unknown manner while working in the woods. It was probably from a falling limb.

Washington Standard

May 14, 1909

A patent from the U.S. Government to William Whitlatch for 160 acres in section 20, township 17 north of range 1 east, was filed in the County Auditor’s office, Monday.

Mrs. Anna M. Staber, aged 46 years, wife of farmer living near Yelm, died Tuesday, after a brief illness. She was a member of the little German colony in that neighborhood. The burial services will be held in the Catholic Church, Saturday at 1 p.m., under direction of Undertaker Whiteside.

Washington Standard

May 19, 1905

Washington Standard

June 2, 1905

Otis Longmire and Miss Clara Hughes, of Yelm, have been licensed to wed.

Washington Standard

June 9, 1905

Jesse Lawrence, of the McIntosh logging camp, and Miss Florence M. Hull, of Yelm, were married Sunday, at the residence of the bride’s parents. The happy couple are now on a two-months’ bridal tour, the objective point being Detroit Mich.

Washington Standard

June 9, 1905

A motion for a new trial in the case of Conine vs. the Olympia Logging Co., has been overruled by Judge Chapman, who tried the case.

Washington Standard

June 9, 1905

P.B. Van Trump, who can date reasonably far back as a pioneer of our city- say nearly forty years- who for a couple or more of decades was the “Nasby” of Yelm, now residing in Seattle, visited his old-time home last Saturday, and found a few friends remaining, who knew him in days of yore, when the “Merry Bachelors” club controlled all social events, and society itself had not become so enobled as to require separation of the goats from the sheep. Mr. Van Trump attained fame in him more youthful days by ascending Mount Rainier with the first party that succeeded in the venturesome attempt, the party under Gen. Hazard Stevens, who remained in the warm cave on the summit over night.

Washington Standard

July 21, 1905

J.H. Sumpter, of Yelm, has purchased the Commercial lodging house of Fred Ernst. The latter, with his family, have gone to Seattle to enter into the same business.

Washington Standard

September 15, 1905

1904 – Yelm in the News



January 1, 1904 – The Weekly Capital

 J. H. Price and wife have returned to Yelm after a holiday visit with relatives in the city.

Prof. Seymour I. Stone, principal of the Yelm schools transacted business at the county seat Saturday.

Mr. E. Longmire, who resides on his ranch above Yelm in winter and spends the summers in the mountains about Longmire’s Springs was among the Wednesday callers.

Frank Mosman, of Yelm, was in town Wednesday.  Frank says Olympia is almost as lively as Yelm, which is quite an acknowledgement for him to make.

R. N. True, of Yelm, was in the city yesterday.


February 6, 1904 – The Weekly Capital


Yelm Directory

Yelm, Wash.  25 miles from Olympia on main line of N. P. Railway.  Farming and dairying, lumbering and logging

Yelm Hotel, first class accommodations, teams furnished for hunting and fishing parties.  This business for sale.  F. Longmire, Proprietor.

J. Hettrick, staples and fancy groceries, dry goods, shoes, flour and feed hardware, farm products.

A long train of empty cars came in a few days ago to meet the demand for transportation of lumber and shingles.

Washington Standard

March 11, 1904

Six logging cars at the Williamson logging camp, south of the city, started down a steep grade, Monday, doubtless from the brakes being too loosely set, and ran s distance of about a mile, when they were stopped by a tree that had been blown over by the wind and laid partially on the track. The trucks were of course, considerably crushed and the logs scattered, but fortunately nobody was hurt.

Washington Standard

March 11, 1904


March 18, 1904 – The Weekly Capital

Miss Evelyn George, who has been teaching school near Yelm, returned to her home in Olympia, having completed her term. A very entertaining program was given by the members of the school Friday.

School Elections

#57 – Picto Manredi

#66 – Dora Hewitt, W. W. Anderson, Thomas Pollard.


April 1, 1904 – The Weekly Capital

W. D. Manier, organizer of the Order of Pendo, instituted a council of that popular order at Yelm Saturday, March 26.  The new council starts off with 15 charter members and several applicants who were unable to be present will be initiated at a n early day.  Mr. Manier was assisted  by Mrs. Manier and supreme organizer Woolf.  The officers of the new order are Councillor, Mrs. Bertha Pollard; vice-councillor, Edward Butsch; secretary, John Longmire; treasurer, Thomas Pollard; Mrs. M. Thornton; guide, Millard Thornton; warden, Chas. Hughes; sentinel, Alvin Thornton; trustees, D. R. Hughes, Millard Thornton and C. Antrin.


April 29, 1904 – The Weekly Capital

The shingle mills are closed for an indefinite period, which is hoped will not be long

Ray Smith, of Rainier, is recovering from a bad case of poisoning of his hands which he contracted in a Tacoma shingle mill.



June 3, 1904 – The Weekly Capital

J. C. Conine in Olympia


August 12, 1904 – The Weekly Capital

The socialists of this county have nominated the following ticket

Representative – I. V. Rathbun, Yelm Community Schools

Sheriff – L. W. Longmire, Yelm Community Schools


August 19, 1904 – The Weekly Capital

The Tumwater ball nine went over to Yelm Sunday and took horrible revenge on the ball team at that place for their defeat at Rainier the fourth.  the score was 25 to 14.

J. N. Sumpter, mine host, of Hotel Rainier, was in from that thriving suburb Saturday.  He reports his new barn about completed.


September 16, 1904 – The Weekly Capital

Bige Eddy Jr. renewed his acquaintance with the birds in the Rainier woods from Thursday until Monday and brought a big bag of them down the bicycle path Monday

Proof of the continuance of the dairy industry at Yelm comes in the shape of the regular butter paper order of the Morris Bros. proprietors of one of the numerous creameries in that favored part of the country

Thirty two socialists from Yelm were in the city Wednesday.  Frances Hettrick, to whom all “doubting Thomases” are referred, is authority for this statement.


October 7, 1904 – The Weekly Capital

Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Paff, of Yelm, were in the city Monday and Tuesday looking up the real estate market.  Charles says there’ll be 30 votes for Debs in Yelm this fall-no less.

Louis Reichel Sr. “father of all the Reichels,” and the most successful farmer of the upper DesChutes, was shaking hands with the Capital force Friday.  We are always glad to see Mr. R.

J. N. Sumpter has traded Hotel Rainier, at that place to Adam Ferbrache who will hereafter conduct the same.  By another trade Mr. Sumpter gets the Thomas Garstang place near Yelm.


November 11, 1904 – The Weekly Capital

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lew Eddy, a son.  As this occurrence happened Oct. 21 in our own house in this city we do not give it as an evidence of our enterprise in gathering news.  But our brother is hunting us with a shot gun and our sister-in-law says we’re a “horrid old thing” and we’ve got to square ourselves with the family.  When they have as many boys as we have it will be different.


November 18, 1904 – The Weekly Capital

A Militant Politician

                                                                                    Yelm, Nov. 9, 1904

Mr. B. Eddy,

Dear Sir: We had thirty socialist votes in this precinct besides losing twelve that moved form here in the last year.  In 1900 we had 6 votes; in 1902, we had 15, and in 1904 we had 30.  The campaign for 108 commences today.  We led one of the old parties four vote for the head of the ticket.

                                                            Your Respectfully,

                                                                        S. C. Paff

Modren Woodmen of America had no assessment for November, being the second that order has skipped in succession.  They have only had seven assessments this year.

G. W. Neat and family arrived in the city Monday from near Prescott, Arizona.  He is a brother of M. F. Neat of this county and expects to make his home in this county.  Though the brothers had not met for 21 years such is our climate that the Arizona brother knew M. F. at sight.


December 9, 1904 The Weekly Capital

L. W. Morrison died suddenly at his home on the Collin’s prairie Sunday aged 65 years.


December 16, 1904 – The Weekly Capital

Charles Paff and Ernest Fox, two high privates of the Yelm socialist brigade were in the city Tuesday.  The “Capital” acknowledges a pleasant call and the regular compliment.

Socialist Vote

Precinct                                  Debs               Burgess

Olympia                                 67                    48

Tumwater                             25                    18

Yelm                                        29                   26

1903 – Yelm in the News



January 6, 1903Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

Miss Clara McKenzie, visited friends in Tacoma and Olympia the first of the week.

Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Rice and family spent New Year with their daughter, Mrs. J. L. Mosman

At the masquerade New Year’s night prizes were awarded as follows:   Miss Annie McKenzie, best waltzer; Miss Pearl McKenzie, comic costume; Miss Dodge of Olympia, handsomest costume, and Mr. Julius Laramie, handsomest costume for gentleman

On account of high water Yelm has had no mail today, and will have none until some time tomorrow. No. 2 from Portland, which is due at 6:00 p.m., did not arrive until about 1 a.m.


January 20, 1903Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

F. J. Mosman made a business trip to Tacoma Tuesday.

J. Cabana drove to Olympia this week.

Misses Clara McKenzie and Ned Conine went today to visit Messrs. Roy McKenzie and Joe Melvin in their bolt camp about 16 miles above Yelm.

Sam Price has rented the farm of Mrs. Collins about eight miles from here. He will take possession March 1.

1903 – Philomon Van Trump sold store to James Mosman (YP)


February 2, 1903Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

J. L. Mosman and family spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Rice.

A very enjoyable social was given Friday at the residence of Mrs. S. C. Paff.  A short literary and musical programme was rendered, after which the remainder of the evening was spent in games, with an interval in which light refreshments were served.  Much credit is due to Miss Little for the success of the entertainment

Mrs. J. C. Conine spent week in Yelm.


February 10, 1903 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

L. N. Rice went on business to Seattle Monday.

T. M. Chambers made trip Monday to the Chambers slaughter house near Olympia.

L. J. Byrne was in Yelm Monday purchasing supplies for his boarding house.  He is keeping quite a number of the men who are cutting shingle bolts near his place.

H. E. Warren, commercial traveler for the new wholesale dry goods and notion house, the Morris-Smith-Miller company of Tacoma, was in Yelm Tuesday looking after the interests of his firm.

Charles Gaby, of Oregon was the guest of J. A. McKenzie and family a few days this week.  W. C. Lawrence, of Seattle, has returned to his ranch above Yelm.  He had several teams unloading a car of household goods Wednesday.


March 5, 1903- Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

Mosmans at the Rices

Eight commercial travelers were looking after business in Yelm Tuesday.

Isaac Taylor and T. S. Pringle departed for North Yakima Wednesday.  Mr. Taylor had been visiting his sister, Mrs. V. Longmire, and other relatives near here.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cabana, Mr. Swanson and Miss Miles were visitors in Olympia during the week.

Eight passengers came in on the Northern Pacific Friday evening.

J. A. McKenzie received a piano by freight Thursday.


March 20, 1903 – The Weekly Capital

Frank M. Eddy, of Glenwood, Minn., and Geo. Eddy, of Minneapolis, Minn., went out of the Capital City Tuesday eve to catch Friday morning’s overland at Tacoma.

A telegram had been received announcing that the funeral of Mrs. Whitlatch , whose death occurred at Cedar Rapids, Neb., the morning of the day that Mrs. Eddy died, was held Friday at that place where able had a son buried.

We would not appear ungrateful, but had not those who have returned to their far off homes since the last sad rites and the other relatives and near friends in this state charged us with the duty we would write no more mere words appear such an empty protestation in return for the kindness and fraternity shown us, strangers and comparative strangers, as we are, that all that we would say if able must be inferred.


March 25, 1903 – The Weekly Capital

Miss Hattie Miles drove to Olympia Monday.

J. L. Mosman was on a business trip to Tacoma.

Sam Price and family now occupy the Collins place, which thy have leased.

George Mills and daughter, of Centralia came to Yelm Saturday.  They furnished the music for dance that night.


March 27, 1903 – The Weekly Capital


G. W. Whitlatch has been confined to the house the most of the week with grippe and neuralgia.

J. C. Conine, of Yelm, was in the city Monday for the first time since last fall.  The “Capital” acknowledges a brief visit.

Foresters of America were treated to quite a program by Captain Otis and his “Slabtown Irrepressibles” Wednesday night.  At next meeting Captain Eddy and the “Nob” Hill Invincibles” have charge of the program and they won’t do a thing to Otis and his side-kickers.

A social dance was held in the Collins school-house southeast of Olympia, last Saturday night. About 50 couples were present and an enjoyable time is reported.

Washington Standard

April 3, 1903


April 3, 1903 – The Weekly Capital

V. H. Eddy has returned to is work in the Tenino mills after a wrestle with the grippe at “The Ranche,” The “Weekly Capital” residence, in this city.

Mr. Frank Mosman, one of Yelm’s merchant, was visible to the naked eye in Olympia Monday.

D. R. Hughes wheeled in from Yelm Wednesday, to represent the Yelm camp at the M. W. A. county convention.

On and after April 1, all poultry in the city limits will have to be kept confined and chicken pot pie has been on the daily bill of fare in many city homes this week.  On September 1 the biddies will again be allowed to run at large.

Modern Woodmen of America county convention was held in this city Wednesday.  Joseph Reder, of Olympia, was elected delegate, and Lee Waddell, of Rainier, alternate, to the state camp at Walla Walla.  They were instructed to work against the re-adjustment plan proposed by the head camp.


April 10, 1903 – The Weekly Capital

Principals Fred Brown of Bucoda, and W. T. Dodd of Tenino, have swapped pupils for the eighth grade examinations.

E. Longmire, who lives near the Bald Hills east of Yelm, recently lost six head of fine young cattle by eating wild parsnips.


May 1, 1903 – The Weekly Capital

Lew Eddy, of Rainier made a business trip to the capital city Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Paaf, of Yelm, made a pleasant call while in the city this week.

A mill is being put in near Yelm by George Cassell.

S. C. Paff, of Yelm, was in the city Tuesday.  It must have been his busy day for he failed to get around to swap lies with ye editor.

On a recent visit to Rainier, we found every thing on the boom, Mr. Lew Eddy loaded a fine load of telegraph polls Wednesday

“Jim” Goodwin, of Card’s camp, succeeded in bagging two large bears up the Nisqually recently.

C. G. Longmire and Wm. Price, Yelm’s star pole cutters were visited by a bear last week.

Mr. Price, who had always been anxious to see a real, live bear, climbed a tree to get a good view.  Being satisfied that it was a real bear, also a live one, he staid there.  Mr. Longmire went for a drink.

Frank Longmire and his mother visited old-time friends Wednesday and incidentally added to the “Capital” subscription list.


May 8, 1903 – The Weekly Capital

The Modern Woodmen of America gave a great ball at Yelm Saturday.

Mr. Ross Chilson has purchased a heavy draft team of Landlord Tunin of olmypia Hotel, for his bolt camp up the Nesqually.  Consideration $425, and a good buy at that.

Mrs. F. J. Collins and daughter Ruth, and her father, brothers and sister, of Iowa, were among yesterday’s callers.  The brother and sister have been visiting Mrs. Collins since February, the elder Mr. Stickleman a couple of weeks.

F. J. Mosman is home from the Tacoma hospital, where he has been undergoing a siege of typhoid.

George Dewitt and Mr. Cartwright, the “resort,” went “bar” hunting this week.  Beaers all safe at last accounts.

Shingle bolts will soon be sent floating down the Nisqually.  The big drift is now open and hauling will begin in a few days.


May 27, 1903 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

The New School Directors

Yelm – James L. Mossman, C. M. Antrim

Elcaine Longmire school, Robert Longmire, Mrs. Martha Longmire

District Willow Lawn – W. M. Robinson, H. L. Conine, F. R. Price

District 42 – Joseph Stuiber, August Drabe, Charles E. Koeppen

Eureka – George Weber, Nathaniel Morris, A. B. Smith


June 5, 1903 – The Weekly Capital

D. R. Hughes, of Yelm, came over Friday to see the president. The socialists over there have got him scared and he thinks this is the last republican president he we’ll ever have a chance to see.

School directors

#57 – John Johnson

The Yelm people are non-partisan and everybody went to see the president.  But the only was one life-long democrat squared his conscience was to leave his tax-paying over to that day.

Card’s bolt driver will start with the first rive of the season June 5th, a drive of seven hundred cords with Charley Pe Ell in charge.

Ern. Fox is hauling shingle bolts on a wagon to Nesqually River.  He says it’s a strenuous life, but then, with a “full dinner pail” in sight, (nit) we should be happy, for we have a job.

James Mosman and Mr. Rice took a trip to Olympia this week.

Lewis J. Morrison, one of the antis in the socialist debate at Yelm tonight was in the city this week marking eighth grade papers.  We saw him out to Wiswell’s lecture Tuesday evening, probably looking for weak places in the armor of socialism.  Mr. M. should remember the fate of those who “come to scoff.”

Yelm Jim


June 11, 1903 – Olympia Weekly Record

School Directors Are Named

Laramie District – Louis Reichel, L. N. Rice, Frank Laramie


June 18, 1903 – Olympia Weekly Record

New School House Near Yelm Community Schools

State Will Loan $300 to School District No. 66 in Thurston County

On June 15 school district No. 66 in this county will secure $300 from the state with which to erect a new school house.  The district voted bonds on March 24th and secured the loan from the state at 33/4% per cent interest.  The district is located on the Nisqually River, six miles beyond Yelm.  The application for the loan was approved sometime ago, and the land commission fixed June 15 as the date when the loan would be available.

Mrs. W. J. Inman and Mrs. Biesen of Portland and Miss Coudery, of Chehalis, are visiting their sisters, Mrs. Claussen and Miss F. Coudery.

A household necessity.  Dr. Thomas Electric Oil.  Heals burn, cuts, would of any sort; cures sore throat, croup, catarrh, asthma; never fails

County Superintendent Brown Monday received from the State Superintendent’s office the list of successful applicants for teachers’ certificates at the late examination. The successful applicants from Thurston County were: Martha Grout, Rose Woods, Maude Howland, of Olympia; Gertrude Howland, B.M. Davenport, Little Rock; Mary F. Conway, Meadow; Allie Norman, Pleasant Glade; Herbert Raymond, Collinsdale; Emma Whittier, Chambers Prairie; Agatha Shirley, Rochester, Edna E. Wiseman, Gull Harbor; Bertha Radike, Lacey; A. Birdie Cooper, Yelm, and E.N. Steele, Tenino. First grade certificates- Gracie Greenback, Olympia; Lillian Abernethy, S.I. Stone, Yelm, and Geo. W. Sickles, Tumwater.

Miss Edith McKenzie will teach the school on Schneider’s Prairie the coming term. She is will qualified, having been principal of the Woodland high school the past two years.

Washington Standard

July 17, 1903


July 17, 1903 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

There is no doubt that the only solution to the shingle solution is a well-organized complete shutdown of all the mills.  The market is not really so bad as has been represented, but the public generally, especially in the Northwest, have gradually forced themselves to believe that the market had gone glimmering.  All of this is mere rabble, and firmness on the part of the manufactures would be a great aid if it did not altogether remedy the evil.  The market in the East is good, but a shutdown for one month would force the price of shingles upward.  In portions of the East nothing but red cedar shingles are in the market and a shut-down would deplete it. 

Lumberman reporting from the east:

Trade is dull, no snap at all, and there will be none until you get prices to move upward.  Then there would be a rush of business, but not until then. as all are holding off and those manufacturers out there are the biggest chumps on this terrestrial globe, for, if they would close down for a month they would have every thing their own way again for some time.  Why they don’t know enough to know when they are hungry.  They are the laughing stock of the lumber country.  There are no shingles to be had but red cedar and they are throwing away their golden opportunities.  They ought to be locked up in the insane asylums.


July 31, 1903 – The Weekly Capital


Hon. J. C. Conine, the Nestor of Yelm Democracy, was in they city Tuesday and Wednesday.

I. V. Rathbun, was in the city Tuesday and transacted business with “The Capital.”  Mr. R. is organizer of Yelm local of the Socialist party.

Lew Eddy was in the city Saturday and Sunday from Lea’s bolt drive on the Des Chutes river.  A large drive is nearing the mill and still larger one held by a small drift near Rainier

P. B. Van Trump, of Yelm, will shortly take his annual climb of Mount Rainier alias Mount Tahoma.  He will be accompanied by his daughter Christine who is enjoying a vacation from her duties in the office of the Postal Telegraph Company.

Socialist Snapshot

August 18th M. W. Wilkins will be in Yelm, where out clear-grit comrades have challenged Congressman Cushman to meet him in debate.  Now wait till “Cush” accepts-needn’t hold your breath.

His scientific presentation of the socialistic solution of the wide-spreading liquor traffic was masterly and convincing, while his skillful handling of the various phases of the poiltico-economics showed personal experience.  As a question answerers, also, Comrade Wilkins had few peers in the movement.


August 14, 1903 – The Weekly Capital

Lew Eddy came with Lea’s bolt drive Saturday and left for his home at Rainier the same day.

J. M. Morgan and I. V. Rathburn, of Yelm, drove over to the county seat Monday.

V. H. Eddy of Lea Lumber company’s bolt camp was in the city the first of the week while they were moving the camp.

Mrs. Morris and Miss Rice had a break down on their return to Rainier Saturday evening and “Clarence” warmed the telephone wires in attempting to locate them.


August 31, 1903 – The Weekly Capital


County Supt. Henry has the school laws relating to the compulsory attendance of children between the ages of 8 and 15 years at the public schools printed in sufficient numbers so that every family may receive one.

School Apportionment

Dist. #13 – $80.62

Many at $42.


September 4, 1903 – The Weekly Capital

The Hon. J. C. Conine expects his three sisters from the east to pay him a visit in Yelm.

L. W. Longmire wheeled in from Yelm to the socialist conference Sunday and returned via train Tenino on account of rain.

Frank Mosman, the Yelm merchant was in the city recently.


September 25, 1903 – The Weekly Capital


J. C. Conine and his wife were in from their home beyond Yelm this week.

Thomas Garstang has purchased a 30 acre tract near Chambers Lake east of the city.


October 9, 1903 – The Weekly Capital


Bige Eddy jr. took a three day’s hunting trip in the vicinity of Rainier but the deer roosted too high, so we are not feasting on venison.

The old $5 bell cow ordinance has been re-incarnated intact and service thereon made without notice.  Many a bovine who has been peacefully grazing to the music of the bells there many moons languishes in the city pound while her owner pursues the half-eagle necessary for her ransom.


October 30, 1903 – The Weekly Capital


Hon. J. C. Conine, wife and daughter Neo, left on steamer Santa Barbara for Los Angeles where they will spend the winter.  The “Capital” wishes them a pleasant voyage and an enjoyable visit.


November 6, 1903 – The Weekly Capital


T. F. Seyfang is giving a series of enjoyable Saturday night dances at the Collins hall, about twelve miles southeast of the city on the Yelm road.

John Reichel called on ye financial editor while en route to his home above Rainier from Murray’s camp Tuesday.  We forgot to ask him to partake of our Christmas goose again this year but we’ll expect him just the same.


November 13, 1903 – The Weekly Capital


Democratic City convention

Bige Eddy,  5th Ward, Chm.


November 20, 1903 – The Weekly Capital


J. Hettrick, the Yelm merchant wheeled over Wednesday.  He says it was a little too wet but not quite damp enough for canoeing.


County Superintendent Brown Monday received from the State Superintendent’s office the list of successful applicants for teachers’ certificates at the late examination. The successful applicants from Thurston County were: Martha Grout, Rose Woods, Maude Howland, of Olympia; Gertrude Howland, B.M. Davenport, Little Rock; Mary F. Conway, Meadow; Allie Norman, Pleasant Glade; Herbert Raymond, Collinsdale; Emma Whittier, Chambers Prairie; Agatha Shirley, Rochester, Edna E. Wiseman, Gull Harbor; Bertha Radike, Lacey; A. Birdie Cooper, Yelm, and E.N. Steele, Tenino. First grade certificates- Gracie Greenback, Olympia; Lillian Abernethy, S.I. Stone, Yelm, and Geo. W. Sickles, Tumwater.

Washington Standard

November 27, 1903



November 27, 1903 – The Weekly Capital

Frank Benson and Burdette Brightman, of Rainier, who have contracted to do the logging for Rathburn-Garstang mill near Yelm, were in the city Friday looking for horses.


December 18, 1903 – The Weekly Capital

Frank Longmire, of the consolidated Yelm hotels, was in the city Wednesday looking for a cook.

J. H. Sumpter, of Yelm, has been in attendance upon his father who has been quite sick at his home on the Eastside.

V. H. Eddy has returned to Tenino after a few days visit with “we.”  Just to keep him from getting lonesome we had him finishing off our house with meals.

Washington Standard

November 27, 1903


December 17, 1903

J. L. Mosman received his commission as postmaster Tuesday, and took charge of the office Thursday.  His predecessor, P. B. Van Trump, intends to leave for Seattle soon.

S. C. Knowles, the Tacoma timber buyer, was in Yelm Monday looking after his timber interests.

J. L. Mosman became the happy father of another daughter Sunday.  Mother and child are doing well.

D. R. Hughes is building an addition to his blacksmith shop which he intends as a store-room for agricultural implements and hardware goods.

The school in district #42, which as been closed owing to the illness of the teacher, Miss Birdie Cooper, reopened Monday.

The Yelm children are busily engaged practicing for a Christmas entertainment under the direction of Miss Ethel Birch.


December 24, 1903

The post office was moved into Mosman’s store Friday. P. B. Van Trump will assist in the care of the office until after the holidays.

L. J. Byrne, who is teaching at District No. 53, was in town Saturday.

Frank Mosman left for a short stay in Tacoma Tuesday.

There will be a grand masquerade ball here Christmas night at Conine’s hall.  It is expected that many people from Olympia  and other places will attend.  We’ll treat them right if they come.

Frank Longmire made a trip to Olympia Wednesday.

F. J. Mosman commenced building an addition to his warehouse this week.

Lee Conine was in town Saturday.  Mr. Conine says his father, J. C. Conine, who is in Olympia, writes that Washington is the place for him.


December 31, 1903

Miss Lilian Abernathy, who is teaching at District No. 66, spent Sunday in Yelm.

Miss Jennie Coates and daughter left for South Tacoma Thursday, where she intends to reside in the future.  Mrs. Coates has lived in Yelm fourteen tears and she will be missed very much by many friends here.

W. H. Price and Una Waite, of Yelm, were married in Olympia, Wednesday.   They have the best wishes of their many friends.

Bucoda – A number of salmon have begun to come up the river and everyone is having sport in catching them.  About forty were caught in one day.


1902 – Yelm in the News

School Officers

July 11, 1902The Weekly Capital


District #42, near Yelm-C. E. Koeppen, clerk

District #58, near Yelm-Ernest Fox, director and Mrs. Mary E. Harvin

Mr. Dain has received a check for the insurance on his barn which was burned last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Conine went to Olympia yesterday.  Mr. Conine went to attend the democratic convention, and both to take in the carnival next week.

Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Cook of South Tacoma were visiting Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Conine and other friends this week.

Miss Jennie L. Conine, daughter of J. C. Conine, was married on the 24th of this month to Frank Edwards of Los Angeles, Cal.  The wedding took place at this residence of the bride’s sister, Mae Jewell of Los Angeles.  Mr. and Mrs. Edwards will make their home at that place.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Price, Mrs. Frank Longmire and children, Mrs. Paff and son, Mrs. Butsch and children and Mr. F. J. Mosman visited the city of destiny this week.  Of course they all went on business, but they found time to attend the circus.

Yelm, Wednesday, July 16 – Socialists meet


Our Public Schools

Report of Superintendent Henry Shows a Very Satisfactory Condition.

Washington Standard    August 2, 1902

The annual report of Supt. Henry shows that there has been a gratifying increase of pupils and attendance the past year. There are 3,650 school children, an increase of 157. The number who attended school as required by law footed up 2,876, which is forty more than last year. The average daily attendance was 1,882.29, and total actual days attendance 292,265. The number of teachers employed aggregate 110, of which 26 were men and 84 women; the average salary to the former being $55.67 and the latter houses and grounds is placed at $177,885; furniture, $12,304; apparatus, $4,026, and libraries, $1,960. There 68 districts, two of which were organized the past year.

But eight districts are under a bonded indebtedness, while in 1902 there were twelve.



August 30, 1902


Democrats Put Up Their Ticket

On State Delegation – J. C. Conine

Platform and Resolutions – Bige Eddy


September 8, 1902 – The Weekly Capital

Miss Zoura Jackson, a teacher in the public schools, is visiting the family of J. C. Conine.

The following Yelmites attended the W. O. W. Carnival in Olympia:  Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Conine. Mr. and Mrs. Soren Sorenson, Mesdammes Hettrick, Paff, Robbins, Misses Clara McKenzie, Melvin, Florence Galleas, Pearl McKenzie, and Lora Coates, Messrs. J. A. McKenzie, F. Nairn, F. Longmire, Joe Melvin, George Jones, William Lord, Gallear, and Hewitt, Masters Rodney Coates, Will Gallear, Fay Lord, Maurice Hettrick and Claude Paff


October 3, 1902The Weekly Capital


Socialist Party Candidates – Rabeck’s Hall

Auditor – Lewis Longmire, Yelm – Assessor – I. V. Rathbun

Seventeen members representing four locals were present.  Vacancies on the ticket are to be filled by the county central committee. . . . I. V. Rathbun



October 10, 1902 – The Weekly Capital

At Yelm our foot was on its native heath.  The two general stores are doing a rushing business.  Mosman Bros. moderately admit a business of $9,000 a month and while we did not get any figures from Hettrick we could see that he kept the N. P. R’s busy hauling goods to his store and produce to the city market, besides running its own wagon to Tacoma for the extra fancy trade.  They have a well equipped blacksmith shop presided over by D. R. Hughes, who knows what is what in the blacksmith line, and the hotels, you are sorry you can’t stop at both every time you come to time.

On our way to Rainier we met our old friend Charlie Paff, who keeps the N.P. railways in repair.  He is a socialist who can give you a reason for the faith which is in him and can tell you why he forsook the republican party.

At Chas. E. Koeppen we found him busily engaged on his new 32 x 40, two story residence and reluctantly declined an invitation to dinner it being only a quarter to 12 and we out on official business.

The events of this week’s society at Rainier’ was the dance at Mr. E. E. Brown’s  The Larmey string band furnished their usually excellent music and the basket supper was immense.  Our society editor was criticized for eating the whole of Mrs. Lon Stockard’s cake, but was excused on a promise to do better next time.


October 24, 1902 – The Weekly Capital


Mine host Longmire, of the Yelm hotel at that place has set a bad example to his fellow democrats.  He has bought out his only competitor Jacob Hettrick and formed a hotel trust.  Frank is an all-round hotel man and will make the merger go, you bet.

Charley Paaf, of Yelm, was in the city Wednesday.  He promised to come around again after supper and take us to the republican rally but we suppose the temptations of a great city provide too much for him.  Anyway he gave us the mitten.


April 13, 1902 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

License to wed was granted to Phil A. Biesen of Portland, Oregon, and Emma Cowdery of Rainier today.


May 22, 1902 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

Chief Savidge this morning received from Yelm stating that a man answering the description pg M. Campbell, the patient who escaped from the asylum at Steilacoom Tuesday night, was seen in that town this morning.  He is said to have had a handkerchief wrapped around his hand and was hastening east, probably to Tacoma.  The three attendants from the asylum who were sent here to search for the man left this morning , two returning to the asylum and the other going to Yelm.



Washington Standard    June 20, 1902

Prosecuting Attorney Funk refused to issue a warrant demanded by Al. Burnham against T.J. McBratney of Yelm, who claims that the latter show at him while passing by his house; at least he heard the report of a gun and a bullet whizzed through his hat, which, taken with the fact that bad blood existed resulting from a previous encounter, Burnham thought warranted the belief that he had been Bratney, it is said, admits that he fired the shot, but that it was aimed at a crow.



Washington Standard    September 5, 1902


W.T. Melvin, of Yelm, had sold his stock and farm implements to O.C. Whitney, of Tacoma, who had leased the Capen farm. Mr. M. deems it necessary to secure a change of scene on account of the ill health of his wife, who proposes to moving to Everett, where three of her daughters reside. Mr. Melvin will engage in some light business, soon as he has moved to his new quarters.



September 12, 1902 – Washington Recorder


A large number of the Rainier people attended the carnival last week. Miss Emma Cowdery is visiting her sister here.

The Rainier school will begin September 22 with Birdie Cooper as teacher.

The box social given for the benefit the pastor, Rev. Hopkins, was a success.

Lew Eddy and family will move to Madison bolt camp, about five miles from here.


September 22, 1902 – Olympia Daily Recorder?

Miss Mary O’Neill arrived today from Shelton.

Miss Kennan of Puyallup is teaching in the Price District.  There is an attendance of 15 pupils.

Mrs. Hettrick and children and Mrs. F. J. Mosman and daughter drove to Roy this afternoon.

Cone picking is in order nowadays in Yelm.  Old and young are trying their skill at it.  The cones are shipped to Centralia and from there are sent broadcast to propagate trees in various sections of treeless country.

George Longmire is over from Wenas on business and is also visiting relatives.


September 25, 1902 – Washington Recorder

Mills Must Close Down

Yards are Full of Lumber and Market Good.  But Cars Cannot Be Obtained.

It is learned that on account of a shortage of cars on the Northern Pacific railroads many saw mills are having to suspend operations.

The Mutual Lumber company at Bucoda has about 100 men idles.  The Jones Mill at Tenino has discharged most of the men.  The Perry mill at Tenino has shut down, and Mentzer mill at the same place will suspend active operations next week.  All the yards are piled full of lumber.  There is no trouble about the market, or prices, but cars are not to be had for transporting the product.

The loss of employment falls heavily upon the laboring men who are depending upon it for a livelihood



October 6, 1902 – Washington Recorder

J. L. Mosman returned this morning from a business trip to Tacoma.

Miss Morgan opened school last Monday in an adjoining district.

Mrs. J. B. Price is visiting her parents in Olympia.  Mr. Price accompanied her to Olympia but did not remain.

George McKenzie, our next county auditor, went to Olympia today.  From there he will begin his campaign tour.

Mrs. Virina Longmire, Mrs. Elizabeth Chambers of Olympia, Mrs. Harris of Olympia, Mrs. J.C. Conine, Miss Conine, Clarence Longmire and Otis Longmire started last Tuesday for a visit to the state fair.

Several Yelmites went Sunday afternoon to see the bridge built over the Nesqually by the Northern Pacific railroad.  It is a handsome steel structure with stone piers and abutments.  The road on the other side leading to it will not be completed for some time as there is much grading and filling in to do before trains can use it.


October 9, 1902 – Washington Recorder

Miss Annie C. Hart of South Tacoma opened school here last Monday with attendance of 25 pupils

F. J. Mosman, D. K. Hughes, P. B. Van Trump and George McKenzie attended the convention in Tacoma last Wednesday, and Mr. McKenzie remained several says visiting friends.

Yelm had her experience yesterday of “Black Friday.”  Lamps were burned until 3 in the afternoon.  The trains went through lighted up and carrying headlights.


October 9, 1902 – The Daily Recorder

Editorial Notes

Mr. George McKenzie, a republican nominee for county auditor, is in town from Yelm.  George is not only highly educated and well qualified for the office for which he has been nominated, but is one of the most worthy candidates on the ticket, which is saying much.  Moreover, he comes of a family on the finest people that ever came to Thurston county (where he was born and raised), a family that has contributed much to the making of the county and has never before sought office.


October 19, 1902 – Weekly Capital

He has been a resident of the count for many years engaged in farming and school leaching, and has a fine farm near Yelm, as a reward of his industry.  Mr. Conine was elected to the legislature in 1896, and though suffering from poor health that winter made an excellent record as an able and conscientious legislator.



October 20, 1902 – The Daily Recorder

On Wednesday Mrs. P.B. Van Trump left for Seattle for a two week’s visit with her daughter Christine.

The sky being perfectly cloudless here on the night of the 16th, Yelmites had a fine view of the lunar eclipse.  At least one of them was an interested witness of the phenomenon from start to finish.

Not withstanding the steady, soaking rain there was a fine attendance at the republican meeting in Conine’s hall Wednesday night.  The speakers were Messrs. Owings, Hopp and king, and Mr. Peyton, nominee for county commissioner.

There is a bright prospect for a republican victory in Yelm precinct this time.  Continued prosperity and marvelous national development under Republican rule are cogent arguments which have told even on this former stronghold of populism, latter day democracy and more recent socialism.

Variety is said to be the spice of life.  If the proverb applies alike to politics the latter should be spicy here for there is a variety in that line.

The Mosman Bros. have recently made improvement in their store building and are enlarging their  stock of merchandise to meet the demands of a steadily increasing business.

Three new cider mills and presses have been purchased by farmers since apple picking began, and ever and an0on a sewing machine, a washing machine, separator, wagon, plow or other farming implement is landed here by the cars; all going along to show the Yelm merchants and ranchers are prospering and up to date.

Fishermen of late are coming hose with fine messes of trout from the Nesqually  river-that is, when by hook or crook, they can get fresh salmon eggs.  No fancy expert with a fly need apply, for your Nesqually trout is peculiar.  Here he is never known to exhibit an appetite for an artificial fly or a stale egg.


October 27, 1902 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

Friday Morning Mosman Brothers received by car a new top buggy.  Saturday morning Price Bros. followed with a light running double wagon with canopy top.  Within a year other residents of the village and quite a number of the neighboring ranchers have purchased buggies and carriages-one of many the many signs of the general prosperity.  Let the voter beware at the coming elections lest he cast his ballot in such a way as many tend to interfere with the future staying quality of such prosperity.

C. F. Hoeflinger of Des Moines, Ia. visiting wife of D. Hughes.

Little child of Sumpters buried


November 10, 1902 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

Joe Keeler, South Tacoma, came home to vote.  He must regret the expense for the trip as was on the wrong side.

Miss Neo Conine was spending a few days with a few days with her cousin Mrs. J. L. Mosman

Mrs. J. C. Conine spent Friday evening and Saturday with friends in Yelm.

Ranchers are still adding to their stock of labor saving machinery.  This wee two additional Washington machines and a feed cutter were landed here.


November 24, 1902 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

Mrs. Frank Mosman has been in Tacoma several days.

A.S. McKenzie trial against the Northern Pacific Railroad Company – lawsuit

The crates of Poland-China hogs arrives here this week by Northern Pacific express, consigned to E. A. Whitney.  Judging from remarks and comments of bystanders they were fine specimens of the breed.

Turkeys are said to be very scarce this year.  Nevertheless Yelm was treated to an old fashioned shooting match today the prices being turkeys, so there will be no dearth of turkey dinners for next Thursday.



December 2, 1902 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

A number of Yelm people went to attend a dance in Roy last Wednesday evening.  Among them were Misses Christiansen, McKenzie, Clara McKenzie, Pearl McKenzie, Neo Conine, Warner Betschart, J. W. Melvin, A Card of Sherlock, Geo. McKenzie, Roy McKenzie, C. G. Longmire, and J. W. Sumpter

Miss Trenholme, Miss Van Trump and Mr. Louis Chambers of Seattle arrived on the Northern Pacific train this evening.  . . . . Miss Van Trump will spend tomorrow with her parents and return in the evening.

The people of Yelm were much surprised to learn through the Ledger of the supposed suicide of Jacob Erb, a farmer near this place.  It seems strange that an inquest was thought unnecessary.  The fact that he was found dying with poison beside him is not conclusive evidence that it had been self administered.  And it was believed that he had much as $50 with him and none was found on the body, it seems stranger still.


December 8, 1902 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

Mrs. F. J. Mosman spent several days in Tacoma

Miss Conine and J. W. Melvin returned Tuesday from a trip to the Sound cities.

J. W. Melvin and Roy McKenzie are in a bolt camp above Yelm.

James L. Mosman made a business trip to Seattle and Tacoma, returning this evening.  He is now Northern Pacific Express agent.


December 12, 1902 – The Weekly Capital

Independence school district has extended its school term three months with Prof. Seymour I. Stone, the presenter pedagogue as wielder of the birch.

Rainier, in this county, has a paper by Lew Eddy and C. G. Morris.  It will be republican in politics and Methodist in religion.  It has all the elements of success, not omitting the necessary newspaper “nerve.”

Rainier Camp 5619, M. W. A. elected officers Saturday evening . . . V. H. Eddy, escort, manager . . Lew Eddy

Mr. Nathan Morris, an old time Yelm friend was a pleasant and profitable caller Tuesday.

We’re helping Rockefeller build a new church somewhere.  Kerosene has just gone up 20 cents a case.

Sheriff Mills on Saturday sold the mill of John Nordmeyer at Yelm to Jacob Hetrick of that place for the benefit of the Nordmeyer creditors.  Nordmeyer took “French leave” last summer, leaving his mill and lumber to pay his debts.  Not to been partial Sheriff Mills then turned around and levied upon the same property for I. V. Rathbun and others on a labor lien and deputized J. M. Morgan to watch the same until time for another sale.


December 15, 1902 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

A little child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Verville was badly scalded a few days ago.  A physician was called and the little on is out of danger.

Mrs. F. J. Mosman and daughter Anita have gone on a visit to friends in their home at Thorp.

A very pleasant party was given at the home of the Price brothers.

The Nordmeyer mill was sold this evening by Sheriff Miles.  The purchaser was J. Hettrick of this place.

It is reported that Sam Price of Yelm has sold his interest in Price Bros.’ creamery to his brothers and together with Dr. Beach of Roy has purchased the old McNaught hotel at the latter place and will convert it into a sanitarium

Harry Garstang and J. V. Rathbun were in Olympia on business Friday.

Jacob Hettrick, of Yelm, was the purchaser of John Nordmeyer’s mill for which Sheriff Mills went to Yelm to dispose of on execution. Nordmeyer skipped out not long ago without leaving his address, but many debts remained.



December 23, 1902  Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

F. J. Mosman went to Tacoma on business Tuesday

The Anthony Oddity Company performed here on the 17th.  For a small company they are very good.

Miss Cooper has closed her school at Rainier for two weeks, and passed through Yelm on her way home last evening.

The Yelm Library club received a visit today from E. K. Watts, general manager of the Pacific Coast Installment Library company.

Timber cruisers McGuigan and Knowles were in Yelm again this weekend.

Geo. McKenzie left this weekend for Olympia.  Off course all Mr. McKenzie’s Yelm friends were rejoiced at his election, and they hardly realized then that his duties would naturally cause his absence from home.

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Price returned Tuesday from a visit to Olympia.

Mrs. Conine and her daughter Neonetta drove to South Tacoma during the week, spending several days there and in Tacoma visiting friends.

Mr. and Mrs. J. L Mosman made a business trip to Tacoma this week, returning Friday.


December 30, 1902 Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

T. Pollard and his wife were outgoing passengers by the Northern Pacific last Monday.

Miss Coates of Tacoma spent Christmas day with her mother, Mrs. Anna Coates.

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Mosman spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Price

Sam Price and family spent Christmas with the Price Bros.

The Christmas tree last Wednesday was enjoyed by the little folks.  The children did well in their recitations and especial mention should be made of Miss Mary Case.

Lars Christian Christiansen, a young man of about 20, the son of Hans Christiansen, a recently arrived Dane, was drowned Friday morning in the Deschutes river about six miles above Yelm.  He was trying to cross the swollen stream on a foot log formed by a recently felled tree, when suddenly lost his balance, fell into the river and was swept by the swift current under a log and drowned.  His father witnessed the sudden tragedy from the river bank but could render his son no assistance.

1902 – Yelm Described


October 10, 1902 – The Weekly Capital

At Yelm our foot was on its native heath.  The two general stores are doing a rushing business.  Mosman Bros. moderately admit a business of $9,000 a month and while we did not get any figures from Hettrick we could see that he kept the N. P. R’s busy hauling goods to his store and produce to the city market, besides running its own wagon to Tacoma for the extra fancy trade.  They have a well equipped blacksmith shop presided over by D. R. Hughes, who knows what is what in the blacksmith line, and the hotels, you are sorry you can’t stop at both every time you come to time.

On our way to Rainier we met our old friend Charlie Paff, who keeps the N.P. railways in repair.  He is a socialist who can give you a reason for the faith which is in him and can tell you why he forsook the republican party.

At Chas. E. Koeppen we found him busily engaged on his new 32 x 40, two story residence and reluctantly declined an invitation to dinner it being only a quarter to 12 and we out on official business.

The events of this week’s society at Rainier’ was the dance at Mr. E. E. Brown’s  The Larmey string band furnished their usually excellent music and the basket supper was immense.  Our society editor was criticized for eating the whole of Mrs. Lon Stockard’s cake, but was excused on a promise to do better next time.

1890 – The Climbing of Mt. Rainier


Washington Standard    October 15, 1890 

Van Trump Fails to Reach the Top of Precipitous North Peak. 

The party of Centralians who went off to climb Mount Rainier some ten days ago returned yesterday without having accomplished the ascent. The party consisted of ex-sheriff Degeler, Homer, and L.M. Bean, Ed. and C.L. Butts, J.H. Douglas, F.D. Case and John Holt. These eight gentlemen reached Longmyer springs at the base of the mountain on the southeast side, and climbed as far as Gibraltar rock before turning back. While in camp at the Camp of the Clouds, a party of three men and a hound came sown the mountain and spent the might with the Centralians. The three men were Dr. Riley, of Olympia, and Messrs. Van Trump and Drewry, of Yelm. Van Trump is a veteran climber, he with General Hazard Stevens, in 1873, being the first to ever reach the top.

This time he with his friends climbed up the west side in an effort to reach the north peak. They took provisions for two days. The route was found to be extra difficult, and within 300 feet of the north peak, which shoot into the air almost perpendicularly, the three men and the hound found themselves exhausted and out of supplies, having consumed two days in the ascent. Crossing over the crater on the sound peak without much difficulty, the night was spent there. The daring travelers knew it would be impossible for them, it their exhausted condition, to return by the precipitous route they had come, the next day started down on the east side and discovered the camp of Centralians at the Camp of the Clouds. Our representatives hospitality made them welcome to everything eatable and drinkable in their possession.

Cups of boiling coffee and slices of bread and meat disappeared as if by magic, and after they reached the point of safety all gathered round the fire to listen to the adventures of the bold climbers. The faces of all three were swollen and disfigured beyond recognition. Leathern masks and smoked glasses had not prevented the peeling of the outer circle of the face and inflammation of the eyes. The snow had rendered them all but blind, and all walked on the last day with their hands over their eyes, looking as best they could through the crevices between their fingers. The poor dog stayed with them all through, and was just as badly used up as his companions. Dr. Riley says the wind was blowing sixty miles an hour on top. The party discovered a leaden plate with Van Trump’s mane on it, which had been placed on the top in 1873.

As all attempts had signally failed in placing a flag on the summit which could be seen from below, the party suspended a large looking-glass, taken there for the purpose. The glass was pointed at the town of Yelm, which was distinctly seen below. No word has been received from there yet whether it can be seen.

The Centralians listened to all this and more, and as they found they had neglected to bring along several very essential articles for a successful climb, they returned without having gone higher than the celebrated rock of Gibraltar – the point where many every year turn round and come back.

1910 – Socialists in Thurston County


This Friday evening at 7:30 o’clock at Rabeck’s hall the local Socialists will hold their usual weekly meeting. The question up for discussion is: “The Inflexibility of the United States Constitution.” Miss Frances Sylvester has promised to be present and lead off in the debate. Last week four new members joined the local. These meetings close at nine o’clock sharp.  Washington Standard   December 2, 1910


The Socialists of Olympia have for the present concluded to hold Friday evening weekly meetings at Rabeck’s hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The meeting last Friday evening was for the most part a business session, though there were some pretty lively discussions prompted by the secretary. The tramp question brought cut divers views. It was claimed the tramp is a product of economic and industrial  conditions induced principally by the means of production and distribution being in private hands, which periodically throw men out of employment and place them in the ranks of the unemployed, many of whom become so discouraged and demoralized that they will not work.

A programme committee was appointed consisting of Miss Hernice Sapp, and Miss Frances Sylvester, and it was agreed the other questions, such as the white slave traffic and the frail creatures below the dead line, will be considered at tonight’s meeting, which promises to be interesting. A motion was made and carried that all meetings open promptly at 7:30 and close at nine o’clock, as many persons who usually attend these meetings live at a distance and desire to depart early, while others who are too timid to speak in open session might desire to remain and converse about the propaganda near and dear to their hearts.

Washington Standard  December 2, 1910

1902 – Shooting Incident

Prosecuting Attorney Funk refused to issue a warrant demanded by Al. Burnham against T.J. McBratney of Yelm, who claims that the latter show at him while passing by his house; at least he heard the report of a gun and a bullet whizzed through his hat, which, taken with the fact that bad blood existed resulting from a previous encounter, Burnham thought warranted the belief that he had been Bratney, it is said, admits that he fired the shot, but that it was aimed at a crow.

Washington Standard   June 20, 1902

1901 – Exciting Ride


Exciting Ride

Adam Johnson, while coming in from Yelm, on a bicycle, to visit his sick wife in this city, one night last week, had an exciting experience with a large cougar, just beyond Chambers prairie. The animal was discovered by the road, about fifteen feet distant, with eyes blazing from the reflected light of the cycle-lamp, tail switching, and back bowed as if in the act of springing upon the rider. It was no time for hesitation, so Mr. J. who was going at a rapid speed made a “spirt” by the wicked-looking animal which would have made Cotter jealous with envy, and as the tail of the animal just swished past his rear wheel as it missed by a foot or more its human prey, he breathed a sigh of relief and sped on his way. Mr. J. acknowledges to having been considerably frightened, and has resolved to carry a small sized cannon with him hereafter when compelled to make a Gilpin ride through the woods at the dead hour of midnight.  Washington Standard

August 23, 1901