The daily Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1961-current, August 28, 2015, Image 21

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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2015
Flavels: Most of the photos date to the mid-1890s
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“I don’t even know if it belonged to her ...
can I see some of the photographs?”
He snapped a picture of a few pages and
rocked my world. There was Nellie, Flavel’s
daughter, sitting at the piano in the m usic r oom!
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knick knacks on the mantel! The photograph of
the l ibrary distinctly showed how the room was
decorated!
Out of reach
I indicated that we had seen many of the
photos, or had seen similar images, but how
many interior photos were there? Of the 140-
plus photographs, there were about 15 interiors.
“How much?” I asked with trepidation.
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something so coveted and precious. I told him
the request was unrealistic and made a much
smaller, more reasonable offer.
A week later, I received a call from our
friends at the Columbia River Maritime Muse-
um. “Did you know there is a Flavel photo al-
bum in South America? We told him the Clatsop
County Historical Society would be the only
ones interested,” plus his price was unrealistic.
A week or so later, I received a call from
our friends at the Oregon Historical Society.
“Did you know there is a Flavel photo album
in South America? We told him the Clatsop
County Historical Society would be the only
ones interested,” plus his price was unrealistic.
A week or so later, I got another email from
the would-be seller, but the price was still high.
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dollar is precious and as much as we would
have loved to have had the album, it would
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signed myself to having lost this potential trea- A page from Nellie Flavel’s photograph album shows her handwriting under some of the photos.
sure of information.
Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian
An unexpected benefactor
More than a year passed and Greg Newenhof
of City Lumber purchased the “other” Flavel
h ouse, built by the c aptain’s son at 15th Street
and Franklin Avenue. In one of our many con-
versations about the family, the photo album
came up. He was curious enough to offer to fund
the purchase, if it was still available. I scoured
my old email and contacted the owner of the al-
bum. He replied that a deal could still be done.
After a few anxious moments of wiring
money across national borders and a week of
waiting for the delivery, we were rewarded by
the excitement of paging through what could
only be Nellie Flavel’s photograph album. Our
best guess is that most of the photographs date
to the mid-1890s.
We’ve selected a few for your enjoyment.
After a long, strange, circuitous route, the
album was home! It just makes you wonder,
what other treasures are waiting to come back?
Submitted Photo
McAndrew Burns is executive director of the
Clatsop County Historical Society, which over-
sees the Flavel House Museum.
The Carriage House exterior. Note the seat cushion to the left of the
doors. The ornate fence that surrounded three sides of the property
went clear to the Carriage House.
Submitted Photo
Delivery man with vegetables. It is interesting to note that
the album contains two different photographs of this man.
Submitted Photo
South side of the house, taken before or after some lawn tennis and croquet. Unidentified people.
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