The daily Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1961-current, August 28, 2015, Image 19

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The Daily Astorian
Friday, August 28, 2015
Weekend Edition
Submitted Photo
South side of the
house, taken before or
after some lawn tennis
and croquet. Mary Fla-
vel, the captain’s wife,
is on the right in black
and Katie Flavel is
seated on the bench.
A Flavel family album
Trove of photos shows interior
of historic Victorian mansion
Special to The Daily Astorian
aptain Ahab had his white whale.
Don Quixote chased windmills. My
IatheU has spent decades tUyinJ to ¿ nd the
perfect milkshake. For years, the Clatsop
County Historical Society has wished for
interior photographs of the Flavel House
from when the family lived in the home.
We have a large quantity of written
material describing the rooms, their
uses, and contents. There are also many
photographs of the family, the exterior
of the Victorian on Eighth Street , and
the grounds. It always seemed strange
that such a well-documented home and
family would not have any interior pho-
tographs of the home in which they took
such pride.
Two years ago, it was with surprise
and skepticism I read an email from an
antique dealer located in South America
claiming to have a photo album from the
Flavel family. He explained he had pur-
chased it in San Francisco and it had the
name “P Flavel” written inside the front
Capt. George Flavel’s oldest
g reat-g randdaughter, Patricia Flavel,
spent the bulk of her life in the San
Francisco area, so it was possible this
album had been hers. I replied that we
would love to accept his donation of the
album. He patiently explained he want-
ed to sell it. I patiently explained that
we didn’t really have a budget for such
Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian
Greg Newenhof holds up Nellie Flavel’s photograph album.
See FLAVELS, Page 3C
The Flavels
The i nterior
of the
m usic
r oom.
the piano.