Fred Keating Farm Buildings in 1924

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From 1975 until 1991, with very brief absences, Patty and I lived on the old Fred Keating farm on South Prairie-Carbon River Rd, about 5 miles outside of Orting, in Pierce County, Washington. We raised our kids there. We live in the area again now, but in the City of Orting itself. This photo, scanned with no retouching whatsoever, was taken by Alfred Keating, one of Fred Keating’s two sons. It’s noted on the back of the photo as follows: Our buildings in 1924 from backside, colored by me, Al. – the backside would have been from about the location of what is known today as the Keating Road. At the time it was just a driveway bordering the Keating place. As a kid, I knew the gravel road Gregg’s driveway – and later as the road to the “Pasture in the Sky” – a name I believe given the pasture by my friend, Ralph Black. The area was known as Arline Mills for a number of years. See the Arline Mills category for more blogs on the area.

Arline Mills School Census: Dist 117 – Pierce Co, WA – 1 May 1913

The following Images are from the original completed census form for Pierce County School District No. 117, Arline Mills, taken 1 May 1913. This form, along with a number of other Arline School documents was found in a satchel on the Fred Keating farm about 1975 or so, and are now located in the Meitzler Personal Research Library, Bountiful, Utah. Note that the form is two-sided 8.4 x 14. However, in order to make it easier to scan, display, and read online, I posted the form in four illustrations – two from each side. I have the school census records from 1911 through 1917, with 1916 missing, and plan to post them all – one year at a time.

Arline Mills School Census - 1913 - page 1 - left

Arline Mills School Census - 1913 - page 1 - right

Names of Parents or Guardians – Names of Children – Date of Birth (month & day) – No. of Weeks Child Has Attended School During School Year – Date of Birth (Year) – Sex – Postoffice Address – Signature of Parent of Guardian. Note that in a number of cases, a line is used for Weeks in School. I believe this to mean “not given.” Where this occurs, I am transcribing it as ng for “not given.” Also note that the person who took this census accidentally put the “weeks in school” in the wrong column, and realizing the error, retitled the heading and kept this same format to the bottom of the page.

  • W. G Sawyer – Frances Sawyer – Nov 28 – 29 – 1902 – f – South Prairie – blank
  • blank – David ditto – Oct 5 – ng – 1897 – m – ditto – W. G. Sawyer
  • Jas McCarthy – Dora McCarthy – Aug 20 – ng – 1893 – f – ditto – blank
  • blank – Minnie ditto – July 14 – ng – 1895 – f – ditto – blank
  • blank – Wm McCarthy – Sept 30 – ng – 1897 – m – ditto – blank
  • blank – Elizabeth ditto – Apr 30 – ng – 1901 – f – ditto – Mrs. Emilie McCarthy
  • Tom Kaparak – Andy Chopic – Dec 26 – ng – 1897 – m- ditto – blank
  • blank – George ditto – Apr 21 – 19 – 1900 – m – ditto – blank
  • blank – Annie ditto – July 15 – 24 – 1905 – f – ditto- blank
  • blank – Rosie ditto – Jan 15 – ng – 1907 – f – ditto – Mrs. Kaparak + Her Sign
  • H C Nettleton – Myrtle Nettleton – Nov 14 – 10 – 1903 – f – ditto – blank
  • blank – Grace Armstrong – Mar 30 – 18 – 1905 – f – ditto – blank
  • blank – Charlie ditto – June 8 – ng – 1906 – m – ditto – Mrs. H C Nettleton
  • Wm Wilchuck – Vernie Yotsko – Feb 2 – 29 – 1900 – m – ditto- blank
  • blank- Jennie ditto – Oct 25 – 29 – 1901 – f – ditto – blank
  • blank – Andy ditto – ditto 30 – 29 – 1903 – m – ditto – blank
  • blank- Annie ditto – Mar 30 – 29 – 1906 – f – ditto – blank
  • blank – John Terek – May 24 – 29 – 1900 – m – ditto – Anna Wilchuck
  • J M Breen – John Breen – ditto 15 – 1901 – m – ditto – J M Breen
  • Fred Keating – Ed Keating – Apr 18 – ng – 1895 – m – ditto – blank
  • blank – Dora ditto – Nov 16 – ng – 1896 – f – ditto – blank
  • blank – Bertha ditto – ditto 20- 30 – 1898 – f – ditto – Fred Keating
  • blank – Anna ditto – Apr 29 – 30 – 1900 – f – ditto – blank
  • blank – Alfred ditto – May 12 – 29 – 1906 – m – ditto – blank

Arline Mills School Census - 1913 - page 2 - left

Arline Mills School Census - 1913 - page 2 - right

Names of Children – Date of Birth – Sex – No. of Weeks Child Has Attended School During School Year – Postoffice Address – Signature of Parent of Guardian.

  • Ansel Eddington – Charlie Eddington – Nov 22 1906 – m – ng – Orting – Alice Eddington
  • Arthur ditto – Myrtle ditto – Sept 15 ditto – f – ng – ditto – Rose ditto
  • Chas Flory – Lorena Flory – Oct 25 1897 – f – 10 – ditto – blank
  • blank – Diddie ditto – Feb 18 1901 – f – 29 – ditto- blank
  • blank – Fred ditto – Dec 13 1900 – m – ditto – blank
  • blank – Birdie ditto – July 26 1906 – f – 26 – ditto – blank
  • blank – Chester ditto – Jan 5 1907 – m – 26 – ditto – Emma Flory

Also See:

Arline School Census Records for 1911.
Arline School Census Records for 1912.

Arline Mills School Census: Dist 117 – Pierce Co, WA – 1 May 1912

The following Images are from the original completed census form for Pierce County School District No. 117, Arline Mills, taken 1 May 1912. This form, along with a number of other Arline School documents was found in a satchel on the Fred Keating farm about 1975 or so, and are now located in the Meitzler Personal Research Library, Bountiful, Utah. Note that the form is actually 8.4 x 14. However, I’ve trimmed off the the first column in this form (Names of the Parents or Guardians), which was totally empty of any data, in order to make it easier to scan, display, and read online. I have the school census records from 1911 through 1917, with 1916 missing, and plan to post them all – one year at a time.

Note that there is no “Postoffice Address” listed. This is because just one day before (April 30, 1912), the Arline Mills post office was discontinued and mail service was transferred to South Prairie. I’ll bet things were still a bit unsettled, so a place was not listed, but just left blank.

Arline School Census 1912 - Page 1

Names of Children – Date of Birth – Sex – No. of Weeks Child Has Attended School During School Year – Postoffice Address – Signature of Parent of Guardian.

  • Rena Flory – Oct 25 1897 – female – 33 – Blank – Blank
  • Freddie Flory – Dec 13 1909 [should be 1899] – male – 32 – blank – blank
  • Diddie Flory – Feb 18 1902 – female – 29 – blank – blank
  • Birdie Flory – July 26 1905 – female – 27 – blank – blank
  • Chester Flory – Jan 20, 1907 – male – 29 – blank – C. H. Flory
  • John Carner – Jan 27 1897 – mal – 16 – blank – blank
  • Dolly Carner – May 31 1900 – female – 33 – blank – blank
  • Evelyn Smith – Nov 24 1907 – female – 32 – blank – A Smith
  • Chas Smith – Aug 29 1904 – male – 34 – blank – blank
  • Alfred Keating – May 12 1906 – male – blank – blank – Fred Keating
  • Edward Keating – April 18 1895 – mal – blank – blank – blank
  • Dora Keating – Mar 16 1896 – female – 25 – blank – blank
  • Bertha ditto – April 18, 1895 [wrong – this was Edward’s birthday]- ditto – 34 – blank – blank
  • Annie ditto – April 29, 1900 – ditto – 34 – blank – blank
  • Mike Yotsko – Jan 20 1893 – male – blank – blank – blank
  • Mary Yotsko – Aug 10 1896 – female – blank – blank – blank
  • Verny ditto – Feb 2 1900 – ditto – 32 – blank – blank
  • Andy Yotsko – Oct 20 1905 – male – 33 – blank – Annie Yotsko
  • Anna Yotsko – Mar 20 1906 – female – 32 – blank – blank
  • Jennie ditto – May 26 1900 – ditto – 33 – blank – blank
  • John Tereak – Oct 25 1901 – Mal – 33 – blank – blank
  • John Breen – May 15 1902 – ditto – 32 – blank – Michael Breen
  • Myrtle Nettleton – blank – blank – 26 – blank – E Nettleton

Arline School Census 1912 - Page 2

Names of Children – Date of Birth – Sex – No. of Weeks Child Has Attended School During School Year – Postoffice Address – Signature of Parent of Guardian.

  • Dora McCarthy – Aug 20 1893 – female – blank – blank -blank
  • Minnie McCarthy – July 14 1895 – ditto – blank – blank – blank
  • Willie McCarthy – Sept 30 1897 – male – 33 – blank – blank
  • Lizzie McCarthy – April 30, 1901 – female – 33 – blank – E McCarthy
  • David Sawyer – Oct 5 1897 – mal – 34 – blank – S. Sawyer
  • Frances Sawyer – Nov 28 1902 – female – 25 – blank – blank
  • George Chopic – April 10 1898 – male – 3 – blank – Tom Chopic
  • Annie ditto – July 10 1905 – female – 5 – blank – blank
  • Rose ditto – Febr 26 1907 – female – blank – blank – blank
  • Andrew ditto – Dec 21 1898 – male – blank – blank – blank
  • Alberta Brantner – Oct 12 1902 – female – 34 – blank – blank
  • Dorothy Brantner – July 15 1889- ditto – 32 – blank – blank
  • Frank Brantner – Oct 12 1904 – male – 32 – blank – A. Brantner
  • Raymond Nelson – May 24 1902 – male – 34 – blank – blank
  • Williard Nelson – Jan 18 1904 – male – 32 – blank – M. Nelson

Also See:

Arline School Census Records for 1911.

Arline School Census Records for 1913

Arline Mills School Census: Dist 117 – Pierce Co, WA – 1 May 1911

The following Images are from the original completed census form for Pierce County School District No. 117, Arline Mills, taken 1 May 1911. This form, along with a number of other Arline School documents was found in a satchel on the Fred Keating farm about 1975 or so, and are now located in the Meitzler Personal Research Library, Bountiful, Utah. Note that the form is actually 8.4 x 14. However, I’ve trimmed off the the first column in this form (Names of the Parents or Guardians), which was totally empty of any data, in order to make it easier to scan, display, and read online. I have the school census records from 1911 through 1917, with 1916 missing, and plan to post them all – one year at a time.

Arline School Census 1 May 1911 - Page 1

Names of Children – Date of Birth – Sex – No. of Weeks Child Has Attended School During School Year – Postoffice Address – Signature of Parent of Guardian.

Note that the signatures on the page are obviously not the signature of the parent or guardian. These are just the names of said people, all written by one person, most likely the teacher.

  • Rena Flory – Oct 25 1897 – female – 32 – Arline Mills – Chas Flory
  • Freddy Flory – Dec 13 1899 – male – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Diddy Flory – Feb 18 1902 – female – 32 – ditto- blank
  • Birdie Flory – July 26 1905 – female – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Johnie Carner – Jan 27 1897 – male – 32 – ditto – Chas Flory
  • Dolly Carner – May 21, 1900 – female – 32- ditto- blank
  • Charley Smith – Aug 29 1904 – male – 32 – ditto – Antone Smith
  • Joseph Kennedy – Dec 19, 1904 – male – 3 – ditto – Joseph Kennedy
  • Hellen Kennedy – May 29 1905 – female – ditto – 3 – ditto – blank
  • Edlin Kennedy – Dec 18 1906 – male – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Edward Keating – Apr 18 1895 – male – 32 – ditto – Fred Keating
  • Dora Keating – Marh 10 1896 – female – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Bertha Keating – Mach 20 1898 – female – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Anna Keating – April 29 1900 – female – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Mike Yotsko – Jan 20 1893 – male – blank – ditto- Anna Yotsko
  • Mary Yotsko – Aug 10 1896 – female – 31 – ditto- blank
  • Verney Yotsko – Feb 2 1900 – female – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Andy Yotsko – Oct 25 1905 – male – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Anna Yotsko – Mar 20 1906 – female – blank – ditto – blank
  • Jenny Yotsko – May 26, 1900 – female – 32 – -ditto – blank
  • John Tereak – Oct 25 1904 – male – 32 – ditto – Anna Yotsko
  • John Breen – May 15 1901 – male – 32 – ditto – Sarah Breen
  • Myrtle Nettleton – Nov 14 1902 – female – 27 – ditto – E. Nettleton
  • Nelly Anderson – Sep 18 1894 – female – blank – ditto – Sarah Breen

Arline School Census 1 May 1911 - Page 2

Names of Children – Date of Birth – Sex – No. of Weeks Child Has Attended School During School Year – Postoffice Address – Signature of Parent of Guardian.

Note that the signatures on the page are obviously not the signature of the parent or guardian. These are just the names of said people.

  • Mary McCarthy – Apr 22 1891 – female – blank – Arlene Mills – E. McCarthy
  • Dora McCarthey – Aug 20 1893 – female – blank – ditto – blank
  • Minnie McCarthey – July 14 1895 – female – blank – ditto – blank
  • William McCarthey – Sep 30 1897 – male – 36 – ditto – blank
  • Lizzy McCarthey – Apr 30 1901 – male – 36 – ditto- blank
  • Olive Alexander – June 14, 1897 – female – 32 – ditto – W. G. Sawyer
  • David Sawyer – Oct 5 1897 – male – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Frances Sawyer – Mar 28 1902 – female – 32 – ditto – blank
  • Lincoln McCarthy- Feb 25 1901 – male -31- ditto – Daniel McCarthy

Note – Frances Sawyer shows up in later years with a November 28 birth date.

Also See:

Arline School Census Records for 1912.

Arline School Census Records for 1913

My Home “Town” For 40 Years – Arline Mills, Pierce Co., Wash.

I was raised from my birth on a “farm” of sorts in a small community on the South Prairie-Carbon River Road between the Pierce County towns of South Prairie and Orting, Washington. I spent the first 18 years of my life in a converted school house that was once know as the Arline School. The school lay on 13 acres of property that bordered the eastern side of the road and was made up of everything from swamp to hillside – and even an acre or two of hilltop.

The Meitzler family moved from a rented house in Tacoma out to the Orting Valley property in August of 1942 (1), having purchased purchased the property in March from Sam Riddle (2), who lived on the next property to the south. Our home was a converted school that had been built about 1912, purchased by Joe Case of Orting, and had been used of dances and social functions. After Joe passed away, the school was remodeled into a home for Joe’s widow and children (2). Where the school had a very high ceiling and one massive room with cloakrooms, the house now had two stories, with four bedrooms upstairs, two storage rooms upstairs, two bedrooms downstairs, kitchen formal dining area, living room and an indoor restroom in what had been a cloakroom. Sam Riddle purchased the property from the Case family and later sold it to my parents, Theodore and Virginia Meitzler, as mentioned above.

My parents both loved plants and flowers. Now that they lived out in the country, and they had the space to grow their plants – starting off as a hobby, of course. Dad supported the family in various ways, including working as a salesman, working at Rainier State School, logging for a winter near Kosmos, Washington, and working at the Woodland Park Floral Greenhouses in Sumner. By 1956, I was six years old and my folks were full-time greenhouse operators.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE MEITZLERS
But wait – this isn’t to be the story of a family, but of a community, that being the community of Arline Mills. It’s quite a story, and one that will take many chapters, in this case, blogs. For you see, I’ve wanted to tell this story for nearly 30 years, but could never quite find the time. So – I’ve now decided that one blog at a time, I will shed a bit more light on Arline Mills. I have a lot of data, and I plan to include copies of pictures, original documents, and most anything else that helps to tell the story. Since this is my first blog on the subject, I’m going to invite my readers who might have ANY further information about the community, it’s inhabitants, and their descendants, to feel free to share whatever they may know. Use the comments section after any Arline Mills blog and/or email me personally at: Lmeitzler “at” gmail.com.

HOW THE TOWN GOT ITS NAME
I’ll compile a full chapter or more later on about the Orville Rankin Biggs family, but at this juncture, let’s just say that Orville Biggs had struck it rich in the Orville Rankin Biggs - Courtesy of Mary Louise ClayAlaska Gold Rush and had come back down to the Seattle area looking for ways to invest.(2) He settled on going into the timber industry, and came to the Orting – South Prairie Valley just after the turn of the century, building a sawmill and mill pond at the very base of the hillside against which we lived years later.(4) Biggs (1860-1904), and his wife Elizabeth Louise Hodges (1858-1928), had three children, one stillborn, and the others being Arline (1891-1939) and Erma Louise (Pearl) (1893-1981).(3) Orville Biggs named the town for his daughter, Arline, and called it Arline Mills.(4)

Arline Biggs went on to marry Edgar Gott, who, with his cousin, Bill Boeing, formed Boeing Aircraft Company. Gott was the first president of Boeing. Many years later, the county decided to name the short (a couple hundred yard) connecting road that ran between the Pioneer Way, over the railroad bed, to the South Prairie-Carbon River Road. They named it Arline Road – the only reminder of what the community was once named. However, somebody messed up in the sign shop. I still remember seeing the new road sign, and doing a double take – for instead of saying Arline Road, it said Airline Road. I will guarantee that the folks at the county had no idea of the connection between Arline and the airlines, but lets just say that it’s the “rest of the story.”

To be continued…

(1) Theodore Canfield Meitzler Obituary, The Country Gazette, March 1999. Original copy of the newspaper in the Meitzler Personal Research Library, Bountiful, Utah.

(2) History of Arline, Pierce County, Washington, June 30, 1997. Note – Geanellen Doty Kuranko, and her daughter-in-law have done extensive research on the South Prairie-Arline Mills area. Thanks to the Kurankos, much area of the area history is today preserved.)

(3) Family Group Sheets for the Biggs family, obtained from granddaughter, Mary Louise Clay, of Gresham, Oregon. Originals filed in the Meitzler Personal Research Library, Bountiful, Utah.

(4) Postmarked Washington, by Guy Reed Ramsey; chapter about the Arline Mills Post Office.