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.

Yelm in 1946

Yelm in 1946

By James Mosman

Yelm, which is located in about the center of the prairie, was incorporated in the spring of 1924, has a population of about 500. The prairie has about 1000inhabitants. From the start of two stores, 1 dwelling place and a blacksmith shop, Yelm now has a large grade school, high school, four churches including the

Methodist, Lutheran, Assembly of God, and the Adventist Church and school, a railroad depot, 4 garages and filling stations, one department store, 2 grocery stores and feed stores, two large cold storage locker plants, one butcher shop, three eating houses, 3 taverns, a dial telephone exchange, a theater, a county tool house, Memorial Clinic with one doctor and one dentist, 1 jewelers shop, the Puget Sound Power and Light office. 2 hardware stores, one electric shop, Standard Oil Company delivery service, one real estate and insurance office, Odd Fellows Lodge, Rebecca Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, Rainbow Girls, DeMoley, Post Office 2nd class, 2 shoe repair shops, day and night marshal, fire engines and fire department, City Hall and library, water system with fire hydrants, paved main street, one bus line to Tacoma, 2 radio and television repair shops, one plumbing shop and one drug store.