Tuesday, October 14, 2014
During the early 1920s, and the brief but frenetic heyday of the Ku Klux Klan in Oregon politics, this postcard was one small instrument of alarm and persuasion. At issue in 1922 was a vote for or against a bill that would abolish private elementary and high school education in Oregon. The target: Catholic schools. The purport: “Americanization.” Other potentially affected parties: Lutheran and other religious schools, and private schools and academies.
This postcard points to another fear: from a few nuns who taught in public schools. The Committee on Americanization of Public Schools was an arm of the Klan in Oregon, and its secretary, Fred L. Gifford, was the head of the Klan in the state.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
We’ve been to Denmark, and we’ve been to Norway. We haven’t yet made it to Berlin, but we have perused nearby Waterloo. This past weekend, we hit both London and Holland.
|Hotel at London, 1945|
Ben Maxwell photo, Salem PL
Holland—named for a farming family, not the Netherlands—was a post office from 1899 to 1954, situated in the Illinois River valley south of Cave Junction. We passed through on our way home from a splendid overnight stay at the Oregon Caves Chateau (on its last night of the season).
|Holland General Merchandise, September 29, 2014|
Denmark and Norway, both on the southern Oregon coast, mark the presence of immigrants from Scandinavia. Waterloo is a curiosity, and so is Berlin, five miles from Berlin in Linn County. Waterloo got its name from a family feud, which had dire results for one party. Berlin is derived from the Burrell family and their casual hostelry; colloquially, Burrell’s Inn. When a post office was to be established in 1899, Burl Inn was a suggested name; Berlin was a compromise. The post office closed in 1937. See the entry on Berlin in Lewis McArthur’s Oregon Geographic Names for another Berlin tale from World War II—very curious!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Perhaps I have learned some more about the photograph of a cozy dining room described in “Springtime Mirrored in Waldport."
A search in the crumbling issues of the R. L. Polk & Company Oregon-Washington Gazetteer at the Oregon Historical Society suggests that this is the dining room of the Central Hotel at Waldport. It seems to have been the only substantive eating place in the small town. In the period 1909-1912, “Troxel & Broadley” are listed as the operators of the Central Hotel. Coupled with information found online via Find a Grave, Historic Oregon Newspapers, and RootsWeb, I am thinking that the gentleman at the left is Thomas Edgar “Ed” Broadley (1865-1935), and that his wife Elsie Josephine (Troxel) Broadley (1882-1972) is facing him. Or is that Elsie’s father Charles Troxel (1860-1940)?
|Ed and Elsie Broadley, 1899|
The Troxel family is still evident in Lincoln County and vicinity, so perhaps my speculation will prompt some confirming—or diverging—information. Elsie and Ed were married in Pendleton in 1899, and they divorced (“due to his drinking”), perhaps about 1912; they had a son, Louis. The RootsWeb posting notes that “she had managed and cooked for the Waldport (Central) Hotel in 1909-1912.” “Her granddaughter, Betty, says… Elsie made the best homemade brown gravy using bits of leftover pie crust that had been browned,” giving the gravy “little crunchy tidbits.” Other foods were also mentioned: creamed peas, sugar cookies with raisins, and gooseberry pie.
|Digital Oregon, A#96.52.13 N#644|
Elsie’s mother was Nancy Georgeanna “Anna” (Hufft) Troxel (1864-1940). Anna was “partially crippled,” perhaps from a stroke, and used a cane. She helped Elsie and Ed run the Central Hotel for those few years, and she was reputedly “an excellent cook.”
I’d like to think that for a time the Central Hotel was a warm and inviting place in remote and dampish Waldport, a place to get creamed peas with the beefsteak on an evening in May, a meal finished off with Elsie’s rhubarb pie. The gooseberries won’t be ripe until late July.