July 23, 2014

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories – Santa Claus

Will Yates Santa Holly

Did You Sit On This Santa’s Lap? We had our very own Santa Claus in our family…my Grandpa Will Yates of Olympia, WA.¬† After he was retired he worked at Montgomery Ward in Olympia during the Christmas season as their […]

Great Olympia Train Wreck 1959 Revisited

Olympia Train Wreck 1959

Olympia Depot Demolished By Runaway Train It was 51 years ago today that 12 of 15 boxcars full of plywood began their crew-less¬† runaway journey from just south of Tumwater, Washington to the city of Olympia where they crashed into […]

Olympia Motorcycle Club Enduro circa 1938

Olympia Motorcycle Club

Thurston County Motorcycle History Years ago I put together a shadow box for my parents of Yates memorabilia that included WWI and WWII medals for my grandfather Will Yates and my dad, William Gale Yates respectively. In that shadow box […]

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