My yesterday got filled up and my today is half full – you know what they say about it never raining but it pours – so I’m grasping this time to share the last of the Baldwin Hotel photos with you. Have to finish this you know, because now I have more to share. Which I will do – later
This chapter takes us up the back stairs:
The back stairs lead to:
We shall now move on to the so-called beauty shop
In my opinion, it just would not be that important to have curls! Nope, pull it back, cut it off, I think I’ll pass on the hair dressing equipment of that day. Then again, I’m not longer very big into the hair dressing equipment of this day. One of the “benefits” of my chemo and the medication I am taking is very little hair – to which I am adjusting and definitely loving the lack of attention it requires.
To complete this saga, I will share with you the little bit of remaining history of Maud Baldwin – information either shared with us during the tour or found online.
When Maud’s beloved father, George, died while serving in the senate in 1920, her mother was recovering from a stroke, and Maud was her caregiver. When her father died, she took it very hard and his death and her mother’s stroke created a need for her to manage the hotel and the other Baldwin interests. Her four brothers apparently followed their own careers and did not provide much help. It was thought that might have been, at least in part, because she inherited the bulk of her father’s estate.
Her additional responsibilities required that she give up her passion for photography, and later interfered with her love life. In 1923 she reportedly began a romance with a cook at a local restaurant, but when he left in 1924 to find his fortune in Alaska, she was not able to go with him. He did not return as had apparently been planned.
In May of 1926, just a few months before her 48th birthday, Maud drowned in the Link River near the bridge between the hotel and the Baldwin home, a part of the river known as Lake Ewauna. She left a suicide note saying she was “going insane” and that she could be found in the lake. Some speculate that Maud was heartbroken over the loss of her lover, and others suggest that exposure to the chemicals required for her photography career may have affected her mind and emotions. She may also have been depressed about the loss of her father and overwhelmed by the demands of managing his businesses and caring for her mother.
It would seem to me that all of the above would weigh very heavily on Maud, or any woman in that age or in the present time.
Some of the above information is a direct quote from http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/entry/view/baldwin_maud_1878_1926_/
That ends this tour into the past. Thank you all for joining me!