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"History of Our Family Tales" -2009 Edition

Updated June 30, 2009

In the search of, especially the surnames of Beltz, Blackwood, Bradshaw, Carr, Fleming, Lee, Turner, Gifford, Reynolds, Causey, Cook, Gallop, Greenlaw, Hamby, Hanson, Lloyd, Meyer, Reylea, Revette, Potter, Churchill, Mahon, Molek, Nelson, Nelsson, Prettymen, Talken, Tweeden, Jennings, Jinings, Nance, McCormick, Garner, McMurtry, Janssen, Lloyd, Scholz, and Wright.

In the pursuit of Pacific Northwest and Washington State History, especially that concerning the families of Frederick Meyer, Judge Thomas C. Chambers, Capt. Amos C. Greenlaw, Christopher and Thomas Turner families, and Talcott families.

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Stan R. Lee
Tacoma, WA United States

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Family Photos

  • First Christian Church in Tacoma, WA (47 KB)
    Bob and Virginia Lee with Laura and G. Arthur Churchill all belong to this Tacoma church. This building was dedicated in August of 1886 at South 13th and E Street (now Fawcett Avenue).
  • Chris Turner Farm Exhibit at Fair in 1919 (35 KB)
    Chris Turner pictured infront of his exhibit of farm produce grown on his Spanaway farm in Spanaway, WA at the Western Washington (Puyallup) Fair.
  • "Gray Stone Church" First Christian Church, Tacoma (145 KB)
    This is the building where Robert E. Fletcher Lee was very active in the choir as a member & director. This building was located on the corner of 6TH AVE and K Street (Now MLK Way) in Tacoma. It was sold and torn down in the early 1960's to make way for a medical clinic, nearly 56 years after it was built.
  • Green Acres Service Station, Spanaway, WA (38 KB)
    The Green Acres Service Station was owned & operated by Ethel Tweeden and her husband Amos "Murph" Tweeden. Ethel also had a wrecking yard and an automobile sales lot at this location. In later years, Ethel ran a second hand goods store and her brother in law; Merl Prettymen ran Prettyman Furnace from this general location.
  • The First Christian Church in Puyallup, WA (29 KB)
    This is the family church home of the William A. Lee family. This church for years was "held together" by interior cables so the building walls would not tumble. The building was replaced in the mid 1960's and torn down for a new commercial downtown Puyallup business. The current building is schedule to be demolished to make room for the new Puyallup City Hall building.
  • Old Sourdough Visits Here (236 KB)
    Newspaper story about Ole. O. Tveden
  • Puyallup City Hall (37 KB)
    An early picture of the city hall in Puyallup, WA. This building was originally built as the Puyallup Opera house and later converted to the city hall. After the earthquake damage of 1949, the city built a new city hall building a few blooks away from the old Opera House building. Photo Circa 1918
  • "Tacoma's Own Department Store" Fisher's (55 KB)
    This is were Robert E. Fletcher Lee worked and became a clothes buyer for Men's clothing. Also his sister Luara Churchill spent time employed by the Fisher Department Store. It later became the Tacoma location for the Seattle based, The Bon Marche Department Store. In late 1964, the Bon Marche moved the store to the "New" Tacoma Mall and closed the downtown branch. Later, this building became an office building and is still in use today. The Bon Marche name in the first part of the decade of 2000, was chaged to th Macy's name plate. Photo Circa 1937
  • Tacoma Pioneer Passes Away -Frederick Meyer (38 KB)
    From the pages of the Tacoma Daily Tribune, Friday, June 23, 1911.
  • "Keeping Washington Green" (35 KB)
    National Order of High School Foresters, Lincoln High School, Tacoma, WA
  • Reynolds House at O Costa by the Sea, WA. (26 KB)
    One of two homes built by Jonathan Reynolds on speculation of La Costa becoming a summer resort town in the State of Washington. The project never materialized and one house was left unoccupied and used as a outer farm building.
  • Tacoma High School & Stadium Bowl (216 KB)
    Tacoma High School, renamed Stadium High School in the year of 1913. The building of this grand structure began in 1891 for a luxury hotel to be named the Olympic/Tourist Hotel. It was designed by Hewitt and Hewitt of Philadelphia, PA., for the Northern Pacific Railroad Company and Tacoma Land Company. It was designed to rival any luxury hotel at the time on either the West Coast or the greater Pacific Northwest. The hotel was never completed due to a economic financial crash of region, with construction being halted in the year of 1893. The building was then used as a warehouse for the railroad for several years. Then on October 11, 1898, the building was a victim of a mysterious arson fire that spread rapidly and severely damaged the structure. The building was not insured. This ended all the railroad's dreams for any completion of the building. After the fire, demolitian begun on the site with 73,300 bricks salvaged by the railroad and moved to the towns of Missoula, MT and Wallace, ID. to build passenger stations. During the demolitian of the fire ruins, a worker thought the remaining shell of the building could be reconstructed into a high school building for the growing city of Tacoma. This idea became a reality and the building was aquired by the Tacoma School District for their first "stand alone" high school at the cost of $34,500.00. It opened on September 10, 1906, with a construction cost of of $300,788.00. In the year of 2004, a major 100 million dollar remodel began of the building. In September of 2006, Staduim High School celebrated the opening of the completely remodeled school, clebrating 100 years of the school. Family members, Virginia C. Reynolds, Helen Hart, and Robert E. Fletcher Lee graduated from Stadium (Tacoma) High School in it's early history.
  • Rhodes Department Store Advertisement (25 KB)
    A Rhodes Department Store Advertisement featuring Ollie Tweeden in Tacoma, WA
  • Fort Steilacoom, Steilacoom, WA Circa 1849 (19 KB)
    An early picture of Fort Steilacoom on the old Heath Farm in Steilacoom. This is were Frederick Meyer was sent to help build and was were he retired his military career. Later he worked for Thomas M. Chambers as a foreman in his mills. Later he owned one of Chambers mills and later in life, married Chambers widow as his second wife.
  • Lincoln Park High School (110 KB)
    Lincoln Park High School, later renamed Lincoln High School. This is were family members such as Mary Turner, Ollie Tweeden, William A. Lee, Betty Jean Turner and Vivian Errington once attended school. This building is currenly being renovated as a two year project. The school was first named after the adjoining city park; Lincoln Park. Photo Circa 1914
  • Agnetta Chambers Meyer - Death Announcement (59 KB)
    Circa; December 24, 1916, Tacoma News Tribune.
  • Rhodes Brothers Department Store, Tacoma, WA (46 KB)
    Rhodes Brothers Department was the second locally owned department store in Tacoma, WA. The store expanded upwards as business grew. Rhodes grew into a regional chain deaprtment store on the West Coast. The chain was bought by Liberty House and the downtown store was moved to the Tacoma Mall Shopping Center in the early 1970's. Later Liberty House reach financial problems and returned to their home territory of the State of Hawaii and sold the main land stores off. The old Rhodes building then was converted into the University of Puget Sound Law School. The law school was sold and moved to Seattle. The building now houses several offices and still stands in downtown Tacoma. Ronald Prettymen, Viriginia Storlie and other family members worked for the Rhodes store in downtown. The Seattle Rhodes Department Store was not a part of the Rhodes Brothers Department Store chain that began in Tacoma.
  • The California Building, Tacoma, WA (38 KB)
    The California Building located near 9th and Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma was were Dr. Annie E. Reynolds had her private practice doctors office in the early 1900's. Frederick Gifford spent time employed in the building as custodian and boiler maker. His daughter, Amy Gifford once was the "Elevator Jockey" for the Califonia Building. This building was later torn down to make way for one of downtown Tacoma's multi story parking garages. The garage is still being used today. Photo Circa 1890.
  • Wilhelmina Mary Meyer Greenlaw -Death Announcement (54 KB)
    Circa; Saturday, October 18, 1913, Tacoma Daily News.
  • "Sandy Swick Personality of the Week" (125 KB)
    From the pages of the Fort Lewis Ranger, Fort Lewis, WA
  • "Sky Ranch" (42 KB)
    Second Spanaway house and farm of Chris and Nettie Turner. This house still stands on a much modified piece of property in Spanaway, WA
  • The Oregon Railroad & Navigation Company (27 KB)
    The Oregon Railroad & Navigation Company. Agency for the Oregon Shortline, Union Pacific & Southern Pacific Railroads. This is where Robert L. Lee and possibly his brother Alex Lee were employed. Robert L. Lee is pictured in the center of this photograph. One of the other two gentlemen was possibly his brother Alex Lee. The office was located on Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma, WA.
  • Amos C. Greenlaw's Frederickson Homestead (47 KB)
    Photo of the original farm of Amos C. and Willa Greenlaw's homestead in Pierce County, WA Currently a manufacturing site for the Boeing Co. in Frederickson, WA
  • Job Carr's Cabin at Pt. Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA (137 KB)
    Job Carr, father of the City of Tacoma. His original cabin was displayed for years at the Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, WA. In later years, the cabin was rebuilt in the Old Town Park on North 30th Street in what is named "Old Tacoma". It now houses a small museum about Job Carr and his arrival to Tacoma. See "Job Carr".
  • Ethel Tweeden at the Green Acres Service Station (30 KB)
    Pictured in front of the Green Acres Service Station in Sapanway, WA. is proud owner and operator; Ethel Tweeden pictured with her young daughter Ollie Tweeden.
  • Naches Trail Preserve - Main Gate Sign - 2009 (44 KB)
    The Naches Trail Preserve in Frederickson, Pierce County, WA is formed from 50 acres of the original 120 acres of the first registered homestead owner, Frederick Meyer and his wife, Frances Louisa Relyea. An adjoining 60 acres has been purchased by Pierce County to be developed into a future park facility.
  • Job Carr (12 KB)
    City Father of Tacoma, Washington and many other towns in the United States.
  • Lake Spanaway (25 KB)
    Early post card photo of Lake Spanaway, Spanaway, WA.
  • Ezra Meeker - Pioneer, Farmer, Author, City Father (12 KB)
    Father of the City of Puyallup.
  • First Sheriff of Pierce County, Washington (18 KB)
    John Bradley
  • Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co. Second Location (1628 KB)
    As the City of Tacoma grew, and railroad passage grew with the population of the city, the Oregon Railroad & Navigation moved into a larger office. Robert L. Lee becomes a District Manager and Office Manager for the Tacoma Agency. Robert L. is pictured with the beard standing in front of the office. Once again, one of the other gentleman , possibly' is his brother Alex
  • Interior Photo of the Oregon Railroad & Navigation (22 KB)
    Robert L. Lee (pictured with beard) is behind the ticket counter of the Oregon Railroad & Navigation Company with other staff employees. Alex Lee, Robert's brother is possibly one of the getlemen who is also behind the counter. The office was located at Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma, WA.
  • The Lee Hotel located in Tacoma, WA (21 KB)
    The Lee Hotel, and later boarding house, was owned by Robert L. Lee and his wife, Millie Talken Lee. It was located on "E" Street, which later would be renamed Fawcett in honor of a Tacoma Mayor. The Lee's resided at this address up to Robert L. Lee's premature death in 1912.
  • Mt. Tacoma & Lake Spanaway (68 KB)
    Mt. Tacoma (later renamed Mt. Rainier mirrored in Lake Spanaway. Early Post Card Image.
    A local Tacoma newspaper accounting the illness of Roberl L. Lee as he makes local headlines.
  • Handy Corner Store, Bellingham, WA (62 KB)
    This neighborhood grocery store was owned and operated by Martha Tiess Maahs Molek and her brother Matthias Tiess (aka Robert Allen).
  • "Prospector Days" Celebration - Big Dogs on Campus (24 KB)
    Becky Lovelss races a team of sled dogs at the University of Washington Campus Tacoma. Local newspaper photo. Tacoma, WA
  • Robert L. Lee (150 KB)
    Local newspaper account of the death of Robert L. Lee
  • Walton-le-dale, Lancashire, England (97 KB)
    Early street image from a post card, of Walton-le-dale, Lancashire, England. Birthplace of Christopher L. Turner.
  • "Grand Opening" Flyer from the "VAL-LEE" Signal (29 KB)
    Announcing the opening of the "Val-Lee" Signal Service at 1798 East Colorado, Blvd. in Pasedena, CA. Robert E. Lee Jr. was partner in this service station in Pasedena. Their business plan was to use "Pump Girls" in uniforms to pump the customers gas instead of the regular gas station attendant at the time. It was unfortunate, their business plan proved unsuccessful. Maybe, just a bit "before their time" for beautiful Ladies pumping a Gentleman's gas...for his automobile.
    Robert L. Lee makes the local newspaper headlines.
  • The "Val-Lee" Signal Service Station (21 KB)
    Grandopening week for tis new gas station with a very advante gaard concept, for the time period. Co-owned by Robert E. Lee Jr. He also operated an restaraunt for a brief time with his wife Barabra in Manhattan Beach, CA.
  • "Ben Turner Bags Big One!" (458 KB)
    Local newspaper article about Ben Turner and his big hunting prise.
  • Mary's Beauty Salon Business Card (49 KB)
    Mary's Beauty Salon located at 3421 South Gunnison Street was owned & operated by Mary Turner. Her sister Alice Turner also worked at the beauty shop.
  • Fisher's Department Store Newspaper Ad (36 KB)
    Annoucing seven buyers headed to the "Big Apple" in New York City to buy fresh, new merchandise for the Fisher's Department Store located in downtown Tacoma, WA. This is where Robert E. Fletcher Lee (aka Robert "Bob" Lee, Sr.) was employed at the time.
  • "Red Letter Day" for Chris Turner (163 KB)
    A local newspaper accounts the first prise ribbon awarded to Chris Turner of Spanaway for his award winning oats at the Western Washington (Puyallup) Fair.
  • Fisher's Department Store Newspaper Ad (36 KB)
    Annoucing seven buyers headed to the "Big Apple" in New York City to buy fresh, new merchandise for the Fisher's Department Store located in downtown Tacoma, WA. This is where Robert E. Fletcher Lee (aka Robert "Bob" Lee, Sr.) was employed at the time.
  • The Reynolds Family Travel West (66 KB)
    The Reynolds Family travel west upon a stage coach built by the head of the family member, Jonathan Reynolds. Family members makes stops in Monatana, Washington State, Oregon and California.
  • The Mahon House (24 KB)
    Local Newspaper clipping.
  • Farm exhibit by Chris Turner at Puyallup Fair (36 KB)
    An early photo of an exhibit of produce grown on his Spanaway farm at the Western Washington (Puyallup) Fair. Photo Circa early 1900's.
  • Cy and Rosemary Greenlaw (57 KB)
    Newspaer clipping Circa 1980's
  • Olympic/Tourist Hotel (48 KB)
    The Tacoma Tourist Hotel was going to be one of Tacoma's most beautiful, and luxurious hotel of the city. The hotel was built on four large building lots that Mr. William Blackwell, one of Tacoma's earliest hotel operators sold to the railroad for the construction of the hotel. Mr. Blackwell and his wife were just putting the "finishing touches" on their new home when they agreed to sell the property for the hotel. The house was torn down, and never occupied. The Blackwell's later built another new home on the corner of 4th and "C" Street (later Broadway). At the time of the completion of the home, it was one of Tacoma's most expensive homes built within the city. Mrs. Blackwell, being an advid gardener, agreed to sell the four lots that Stadium High School now sits, because of what she believed, "Poor garden soil". This image is that of the ruins of the structure after a "mysterious arson fire" that struct the building on October 11TH, at 7:15 PM in 1898. The fire took nine hours to fight and the flames could be seen clear north to the city of Seattle. The fire spread quickly. Fire stations were located more towards the center of town. Water to fight this fire was not easy to obtain due to a poor water system at the time in this more isolated, residential section of Tacoma. For more information, please see "Tacoma High School & Stadium Bowl" on this page.
  • Harold Turner (198 KB)
    Sunday Ledger Newspaper clipping. Tacoma, WA
  • Cy Greenlaw Baseball Player (142 KB)
    Newspaper clipping from local Tacoma newspaper. Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma Public Library (43 KB)
    The original library building of the Tacoma Public Library built on Tacoma Avenue. The clock tower of the Pierce County Court House can be seen towering over the roof line. This building currently makes home to the Pacific Northwest Room featuring local Tacoma, and Washington State History.
  • Death Announcement of Amos C. Greenlaw (165 KB)
    From the pages of the Tacoma Daily Ledger, December 29, 1895, Tacoma, Pierce, Washington.

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