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Antique Mill Whistle
Antique Mill Whistle
Fittingly, the whistle was made in the same year Charles was born - 1922. It was a 13-year-long campaign of creativity and determination - carried on over many airline flights, work sessions, phone calls and emails with no cost to citizens - that finally resulted in this day, November 22, 2008, when the sculpture was dedicated. Charles, you deserve to celebrate!
More Than 50 Years of Silence the
people turned out Saturday to honor one of Eatonville's
native sons, California artist Charles
Matheny. Matheny was born here in 1922 and
lived in Eatonville for about 20 years before joining
the U.S. Army in 1940, and later moving to California.
Friends and Helpers...
Left to right: Rich Elliff, Ladd Smith, Arne Haynes, Charles Matheny, Dave Williams and his son, Mike Williams. Rich and Mike were part of the group that finally made the Matheny Whistle Sculpture a reality after 13 years of work.
Part of the Crowd at the Reception for Charles Matheny
The meeting room at Mill Village Motel was filled by well-wishers as Charles Matheny met up with old friends and new during a reception honoring him for the enormous art project he donated to the town.
Charles Describes His Creation...
Questions and reminiscences made the historical society's reception for Charles a lively time. Audrey Roley, Stage Stop Museum director, was in charge of the reception where cake and sparkling cider were served along with much town history.
Memorial Plaque for the Artist..
Bob Walter, President of the South Pierce County Historical Society wrote the tribute on this plaque and presented it, for the society, at the reception preceding the official first blowing of the antique mill whistle.
Friends for Life...
The Greatest Generation - Ladd Smith - Navy Veteran; Arne Haynes - Air Force Veteran; Charles Matheny - Army Veteran; and Dave Williams - Navy Seabee Veteran. These men have been friends since they were youngsters and enjoyed their mini-reunion during the dedication of the whistle sculpture.
Youth in the City...
Arne Haynes and Charles Matheny in Tacoma when they were very young. Arne wears an Eatonville High School letter sweater. Photo courtesy of Roni Haynes Johnson.
Elders in Eatonville...
Both men are now in the 80s and have been extremely successful in their lives. Arne took the local independent telephone company into the modern age and Charles was a renowned jewelry maker in his day. He can make a tiny, exquisite piece of jeweled art as well as the huge whistle sculpture behind the men.
Checking Out Those Antique Skis...
Marlayne Elliff, wife of Rich in the background, chats with Charles about antique wooden skis in the Elliff's basement. Charles was raised in the house the Elliffs own on Orchard Avenue and the families struck up a relationship during the artist's earlier visits to Eatonville.
Visiting With a Long Ago Friend...
Charles Matheny and friends greet long-time Eatonville resident, and historical society member, Rosa Hibbard at Mill Pond Park where people gathered to hear the first official blowing of the old Eatonville Lumber Company whistle.
Hugs for a Job Finally Finished...
Long-time historical society president, Bob Walter, and Charles share a laugh and a hug celebrating the "completion" of the artist's huge monument to Eatonville timber industry past. A job well done despite years of difficulties. In the background is the skeleton of the town's picnic shelter which was being built when the dedication of the historic whistle sculpture.
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