Dryad, WA History, The Daily Chronicle, Centralia, WA, July 1, 1976, Page 36, Cols. 5 and 6
Dryad was No. 1 lumber mill town Hotel. The photo obout Dryad was originally turned Salal from the evergreen shnib which grows profusely in the Northwest woods. The western Lewis County community was onte the No. 1 lumber mill WÂ»n on lie Northern Pacific Railroad line from Cbehalis to Raymond. At one time there were four shingle mills and one large sawmill. When the NP had completed its bra nch line to a point 17 miles west of Chehalis, to what is now Dryad, the Leudinghaus Brothers started building a sawmill that really put the lota on the map. Today, the Leudinghaus Road runs through the community, past the north side of Rainbow Falls State Park to Meskill. As was often the case In many of the early da) communities throughout the Northwest wherever Ihe railroad weal through, it was the railroad which named the community. The railroad picked Dryad which means nymph of the woods. When the SP completed its line to Dryad, one of tte first trips there by a mixed train saw the arrival of the Joseph Staeger family. Mr. acd Mrs. Staeger bad seven children. They built the first home in Dryad -- a two-room house. George W. Onn built a shingle mill with the help of his two sons, George Harry, operated it for rainy years. J.A. Dennis had a shingle mill several blocks from the Onn plant. Dryad was a boom towninthelate 19th century- and early part of the 20th. It hotels, stores, schools, churches and even a concert hall where the Dryad Band played. The fate Chester Staeger wasa member of that band. Then came the Houser and Schnarr shingle plant, later on the Chandler Brothers shingle mill, and another shingle plant was added to the payroll when the Leudingbaus firm built one along with their sawmill. The main cross street in Dryad today is named the Chandler Road in honor the early day Chandlers., The hotels, schools and mills are all gone today. But most of the men in community still work in the limber industry industry for the Weyerhaeuser Company which is harvesting timber oa tree farms iathearea.