History: Buena Park Servant Marries the Boss’ Daughter by Daniel Layman

History: Buena Park Servant Marries the Boss’ Daughter by Daniel Layman – This was not the last time that Buena Avenue denizens would witness a servant marrying the boss’ daughter. The next year Joseph J. Husser married Helen Evans, whose father had employed Husser as his butler. Joseph Husser later became a wealthy man and he and his wife Helen Evans Husser hired Frank Lloyd Wright to design a home for newlyweds at 730 W. Buena Avenue.

Photos below from top to bottom – 730 W. Buena Ave (circa 1902) home of Joseph J. and Helen [Evans] Husser – designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (stood 1899-1925); Current condo at 730 W. Buena; 815-817 W. Buena.

Note: Lake Michigan was just beyond (East of) the Husser house in the 1902 photo and house behind it (North) still stands on Hutchinson St.

815 W. Buena Avenue was once the site of a single-family residence of dentist Dr. G. F. Hawley. He was apparently successful enough as a dentist to require a full-time coachman J. C. Cooper. Cooper hailed from Kansas, where his parents had fallen from riches to hard times.

Dr. Hawley’s foster daughter “Georgie” developed a romantic interest in the family’s coachman during Cooper’s three years working at Dr. Hawley’s home. Georgie and Mr. Cooper eloped, with the grudging acquiescence and chaperoning by Mrs. Hawley, and wed in La Grange, Illinois.

This was not the last time that Buena Avenue denizens would witness a servant marrying the boss’ daughter. The next year Joseph J. Husser married Helen Evans, whose father had employed Husser as his butler. Joseph Husser later became a wealthy man and he and his wife Helen Evans Husser hired Frank Lloyd Wright to design a home for newlyweds at 730 W. Buena Avenue.

In 1908 Frederick A. and Axel W. Anderson hired architect Andrew Sandegren to design a 6-flat apartment building at 815 W. Buena that replaced Dr. Hawley’s single-family home.

Grain trader Richard Gambrill moved to a flat at 815 W. Buena by 1917 after selling his home at 4074 N. Broadway. The design of the 815-817 W. Buena 6-flat complemented the 3-flat at 819 W. Buena Avenue that Sandegren had designed in 1907 for the Anderson brothers.

1 thought on “History: Buena Park Servant Marries the Boss’ Daughter by Daniel Layman

  1. Scott

    These historical sketches of Buena Park are great. Keep them coming, Daniel!

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