Location: 2507 Capitol Way S
local register; South Capitol National Historic District
|WH Jr and Ada Yeager house, 1937, Thurston County Assessor, Southwest Regional Archives|
WH Jr and Ada Yeager House today (2013), photo by Deb Ross
This early Craftsman style home was built in about 1915. As can be seen by comparing the two photographs above, the home remains almost exactly as it was in the 1930s, a well-preserved specimen of the many homes of this style built in the South Capitol neighborhood with its exposed rafter ends, large porch, and bracketed gable roofline.
William H Yeager Jr., an engineer, came from a very old Olympia family: his grandfather, a photographer, lived on Fourth Avenue, and his parents, WH Yeager Sr. and Ida Mossman Yeager, lived on a large lot in Swantown, the listed Yeager House. William H’s wife, nee Ada Drake, also came from an old Thurston County family. Note that her name is sometimes misspelled Ida, a natural confusion probably stemming from the existence of two other Ida Yeagers (Ida Mossman Yeager and Ida Yeager Burford). The home is on the local register and located in the South Capitol National Historic District.
For more information on the Yeager family as well as a photo of Ada Drake, see the Residents section of the website.