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.