1. Home life in the Yakima Valley near Wapato, August 1939.
For 25 years, this family lived on an uncomfortable, rented farm in the Yakima Valley. In this photo, they now stood in front of a great house (priced at $6,770), owned 48 acres of land, and could now raise hay, grain, dairy and hogs. Mrs. Schrock, the mother, was quoted saying, "Quite a lot of difference between that old rock pile and around here."
2. Here was the back of a bulldozer contractor's car in August 1939.
Taken near the small town of Vader, just north of Longview. Their business advertisement above the license plate makes this vintage shot even more unique.
3. If you were having car troubles in 1939, here's where you would go.
This auto repair shop was located in the town of Tenino, just south of Olympia, on the southern end of U.S. Route 99.
4. Down the street, you could see these signs for events coming up in Tacoma.
This was taken at the Tenino Feed Store, located across from the bank. If you take a closer look at the signs, it reads that the Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus was coming to Tacoma on Thursday, August 24, 1939.
5. If you didn't have a car back in 1936, you could always catch a train.
Here was the railroad yard by Centralia in the summer of 1939, where they stored locomotives and railroad cars. This perspective was seen looking down from the highway bridge. A week before, the town's one remaining lumber mill had tragically burned down, which is why you can spot some smoke and wreckage in the distance.
6. Heading off to the railroad yard in Toppenish in 1939.
Speaking of railroads, this was a great shot of a few men on their way out to the yard in the summer of 1939, hunting for work in hard times.
7. Here was a small town church in Tenino in 1939.
You could find this Seven Day Adventist Church just one block off the main street from the bank.
8. Life could be tough at the farm sometimes...
This dramatic barn scene was captured near Bickleton in the summer of 1936.
9. ...but you could still always look forward to a mid-morning break.
This worker was pretty excited to take a rest from picking pears in the Yakima Valley in the summer of 1939.
10. This yard in the Yakima Valley grew hops for beer.
You can see poles, wires, an irrigation ditch and a hop vine in this photo, taken about three weeks before picking time in August 1939.
11. Working at the Weyerhaeuser sawmill in Longview, July 1936.
These workers were seen moving lumber at the huge sawmill in Longview, which was one of the largest in the entire world at the time.
12. This is where you could get a stylish new haircut in 1939.
Modern Beauty Shoppe was located in the center of Tenino. Their downtown parlor was a perfect place to get a new hairdo or even just a short trim back in the day.
13. You could enjoy a drink and some great food at this small town cafe in 1939.
This classic scene was taken at the Ghost Town Cafe in the tiny town of Vader. Check out their cash register and vintage signs posted!