YELM CREEK PROJECT IS APPROVED (Nisqually Valley News November 21, 1935)

Nisqually Valley News November 21, 1935

Yelm creek flood control project, which was turned down early in the year came to life with a bang this week when word came from Washington that the project had been approved and on Thursday, army engineers were in Yelm and announced that work would start on the project next Monday. with about twenty men employed. This will be increased to about forty men later.

The man in charge of the work for the army will move to this neighborhood and bring his children here for school.

The ma project is estimated to cost $16,500 and will take some ix or more months to complete.

Work Relief Started on Streets
(Nisqually Valley News November 21, 1935)

Coming as a complete surprise to local authorities, the Works Progress Administration started work on the Yelm streets Tuesday morning with a row of ten men and Ed Kelly for foreman and Godfrey Anderson as the time keeper, making a crew of twelve men.

Mayor Curry reported that no word had been heard since the request tor the project was submitted and they were not prepared for the work.

The city program contemplates the finishing of the sidewalks, of concrete on Yelm avenue, gravel sidewalks and side streets.

The cost of the town project was originally estimated at $19,350.



Nisqually Valley News   August 26, 1935

The Yelm High School is to have aid from the United States government under the National Youth Administration. The High School will receive one hundred dollars a month which is to be given to worthy student who they will be able to remain in school.  A student receiving this aid must be sixteen years of age. The student will be given a job to earn the money, and will not receive more than six dollars a month.

This will help some students who otherwise would have to get out and work rather than being able to complete their education.


Yelm People Benefit by Work Project (Nisqually Valley News August 8, 1935)

Yelm People Benefit by Work Project

Nisqually Valley News   August 8, 1935

A work project has been filed with the Works Progress Administration for men to be used on the Yelm Irrigation District. If acted upon favorably, it will employ 26 men for a period of ten months. Work proposed is increasing the capacity of the Main Line Canal; replacing two of the main line flumes with earthen, ditches, and work on the distribution system.

Also Yelm Creek has been, or it is trusted that it will be set up into a flood control project which will correct the condition which exists during every period of high water and has caused considerable damage to some of the best land in the district and has completely shut off many of the main roads during the winter months.

M.A.P. Mainly About People – Lessons hardest to learn are s (Morning Olympian November 2, 1932)


Mainly About People – Lessons hardest to learn are s

(Morning Olympian    November 2, 1932)

Mrs. Elmer Fristoe of Yelm who called at Red Cross headquarters in Olympia Monday, said the ladies of the Yelm district ad completed the making of women’s and children’s garments from the 488 yards of material given them by the Red Cross and were so well pleased that the ladies wanted enough more cloth for one hundred garments which they would makeup and bring to Olympia for distribution here.  Other issuances of clothing material on Monday by the Red Cross were 200 yards to Mrs. H. W. Gehrke and Mrs. E. Burnham, in charge of sewing at Rainier, 238 years to Mrs. Jack Martin  for the sewing societies in the Bald Hills and Eureka districts.

News of Thurston County – Yelm

E. K. Fristoe, Cor.

(Morning Olympian  November 5, 1932)

Approximately 400 yards of cloth materials have been distributed among te needy around Yelm during the past week to be made into dresses, shirts, and underwear and sheets.  The shipment delivered to Yelm through the Olympia chapter of the Red Cross and is being handled locally through the various churches, with Mrs. E. K. Fristoe as general chairman.  A corps of women are busy sewing the gingham into garments for small children and will be placed in homes where no one is able to sew.


Yelm E. K. Fristoe, Cor. (Morning Olympian August 30, 1932)


E. K. Fristoe, Cor.

(Morning Olympian   August 30, 1932)

The vote on the school bond issue for $9,000 was carried a small majority.  The election was held Wednesday for the purpose of voting bonds with which to build a new modern  gymnasium.  The total number of ballots cast was 265 with 140 favoring the bonds and 125 opposing the issue.

Yelm’s new grade school is nearing completion and will be ready for the fall school opening.  This replaces the unit built two years ago, also the old upper grade building and the gymnasium; both destroyed by fire.  Erection of the new gymnasium  will begin immediately after the bonds ave been sold.  J. Beckett of Seattle is architect for the  building.

Red Cross Helps Many Families (Morning Olympian August 11, 1932)

Red Cross Helps Many Families

(Morning Olympian  August 11, 1932)

Thurston county chapter of American Red Cross kept 22 families supplied with groceries and distributed federal flour to 1,400 families during the past month, Mrs. Fay Miller, home service secretary, reported to chapter executive board Wednesday.

A service used extensively during the month was the Red Cross’ free  bus service to the Yelm berry fields.  A total of 581 persons were hauled during the month.

The chapter furnished clothing to 26 families, bedding to three, medical supplies to nine and fresh milk to five.

The chapter furnished the water department a list of 30 needy men deserving of employment, most of whom have been given work by the city, and in addition obtained work of miscellaneous nature for 14 more.

The clinic conducted a full program also during July.

M.A.P. – Mainly About People (Morning Olympian June 5, 1932)

M.A.P. – Mainly About People

(Morning Olympian   June 5, 1932)

On a trip to Yelm by way of Rainier, a few days ago we saw two large barns under construction, something that has not been happening in this county in recent months.  Somebody must be making profit, for even at bargain prices lumber costs money.  It seems good to see fresh boards lifted against a background, for it indicates a revival of confidence in the immediate future on the part of the farmer.  And it likewise gives the lumber dealer and carpenter a bit of cheer.

Relief Committee to Meet Friday Morning Olympian (January 14, 1932)

Relief Committee to Meet Friday

Conference to Discuss Increasing Need for Aid in County

Morning Olympian   January 14, 1932

Members of the Thurston County Relief committee will meet Friday night at the central office at 7:30 o’clock to discuss the increasing need for relief work in the county.

The three county commissioners will attend the conference, and delegates from Yelm, Vale, Rochester, Tenino, Bucoda, and other county communities will be present.

Please for aid have come recently from a large number of families living in these communities and the committee hopes to work out some plan of relief.  A recent tabulation showed 75 families needing relief in Yelm.  Like conditions prevail at other points.

It was by no means a pleasing picture of economic and family conditions in Thurston county which was brought to the view of the members of the executive committee of the local Red Cross at its annual meeting Wednesday.  The big question in the minds of all as they listened to the report was not how more efficiently the work of relieving distress could be done, but how with the limited resources available it was going to be continued during the duration of the winter and until revival of industry and warmer weather contributed to family relief.

Mrs. Fay Miller, executive secretary, reported having given charity aid during December to 149 families, comprising 594 people, at a cost of $1,137.51, an amount nearly $400 in excess of the amount budgeted for the month.

Added to this, was the relief extended through the unemployment division of which H. R. Watson as charge.  Watson reported that since November 17 when this work was started,  $6,736.27 had been expended in the form of day’s work at $2.50 per day and that if the present rate of expenditure was continued the amount available for unemployment relief would be exhausted before Marc 1.

Jesse Mills, recently elected chapter chairman and who presided for the first time, pointed out the absolute necessity of reserving from the funds raised from last fall a sufficient amount to carry on the charitable and civilian relief work of the chapter through the coming spring, summer, and fall.  George Draham, chairman of the general committee directing unemployment relief voiced the opinion that it might be necessary to call on the employed and employees to make additional donations.

Nearly 600 heads of families in the county have applied for unemployment relief and Mrs. Miller estimates no fewer than 100 families, without a breadwinner, will have to have constant assistance during the winter and probably longer.

Aid extended by Mrs. Miller during December included furnishing of food, clothing, fuel, drugs and medicines, bedding, lumber and building paper for the repair of homes, payment of rentals, hospitalization, light and water bills and furnishing bedding and household necessities.  Se reported a total of 520 office interviews during the month and an unnumbered list of visits to families asking for aid.

Mr. Draham said it appeared to him absolutely necessary that through investigation of family conditions quite a number of cases should be eliminated, but that on the other hand more assistance than is being given at present must be given to large families.  He inquired how many of those present would undertake to support a family of five on $15 per month?

Mrs. Miller reported receipt of large additions to the clothing supply from the ingle Club auxiliary and also receipt of 25 comforter and 15 pairs of pillow slips by the circles of the United Churches.

Business is Booming in Yelm Town; Railroads to Build New Sidetrack

Business is Booming in Yelm Town; Railroads to Build                                            New Sidetrack                                                                    

Unknown paper or date (Between 1907 and 1922)

The town of Yelm is a bustling little community with many accommodations and advantages that some of the larger towns have not. The Northern Pacific and Great Northern practically pass through the town and the Milwaukee is only a mile away. As business demands, a siding will be constructed by the Milwaukee to Yelm.

The railroads show an Increase in business of 1.200 per cent over the business for last year. The passenger traffic has increased 110 percent and 100 cars are being billed through from Yelm every month. The freight business has increased so fast that the N. P. will build a new 600 ft. sidetrack as soon as labor conditions will permit.

Yelm boasts two large general stores, the Mossman General Merchandise store and the Martin General Store. J. L. Mossman and J. P. Martin, the proprietors, are alive to the needs of the community and keep their establishments up-to-date. Yelm has no lawyers, but boasts a drugstore and a physician.

The Yelm post office is under the direction of Postmaster D. R. Hughes, who reports that the postal business has more than doubled in the last year. Bige Eddy, who has charge of the rural mall route that covers 31 miles of the surrounding territory, has been on the job since the route was established.

Miss Mary Eddy keeps the people of Yelm informed as to the happenings in the district by means of the Yelm Times, of which she is the editor. The Times Is a newsy weekly paper.

There are two creditable rooming houses in Yelm, the Mt. View Hotel and the rooming house conducted on one of the main corners by Mrs. E. 0. Hetrlck. Mrs. Hetrick is in charge at the telephone office. A thrivingmeat market is under the direction of Floyd Rice and a first class creamery operated by Manager Swanson take care of their end of the business of the prairie. Farm implementsand blacksmithing are the drawingcards of C. H. Hughes. Dick Murphy is proprietor of the town’s confectionary shop and club room.


Local Socialist Meetings August 2, 1903


Local Socialist Meetings

Washington Standard  August 2, 1903

The series of propaganda meeting held by the local Socialists at their headquarters, last week, addressed by their National Organizer M. W. Wilkins, seems to have awakened sufficient interest among the faithful to arrange several meetings for this California agitator, throughout the county.  He has also spoken at Schneider’s Prairie, Tumwater, Little Rock, and tonight billed for Gate and tomorrow at Grand Mound.  Then filling a three day engagement at both Centralia and Chehalis, he returns to Bucoda for Saturday and Sunday week, to Tenino on the 17th, Yelm the 18th, ending with a final rally at South Union on the 19th, after which Mr. Wilkins will make a tour of Gray’s Harbor points.