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Tolfree's Dining Room Inside Saugus Depot
Saugus, California


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Dining Room

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Letterhead

One way to say it is that this is the Saugus Café when it was inside the Saugus Train Station in the 1890s. More correctly, it was the dining room of J.H. Tolfree's Depot Hotel (aka Eating House) when it was inside the 1887-vintage depot (SE corner of San Fernando/Bouquet and Drayton Street). Fairly soon after this photo was taken, Tolfree moved his diner across the street; it eventually became the Saugus Café. (In 1980 the Saugus depot moved to Heritage Junction in Newhall.)

The letterhead indicates that Tolfree was running a hotel inside the depot in the 1890s. Perhaps he let the rooms upstairs; don't know exactly where the stationmaster lived at the time. Later stationmasters lived inside the depot. (It's possible the earliest stationmaster[s] didn't; the Newhall stationmaster, John Gifford, lived in a freestanding home that faced the Newhall depot.) Also note, on the letterhead, that this section of Saugus was known as Surrey at the time. The name was short-lived.

Read: Tales of the Saugus Cafe.


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SAUGUS CAFE

Tales of the Saugus Cafe (Reynolds)


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Envelope 1890

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Dining Room & Letterhead 1890s

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J. Herbert Tolfree

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Charles Edward Tolfree

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In Saugus Depot 1890s

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Advertisement 1895

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J.H. Tolfree Death
1-16-1897

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1914

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Matchbook Cover 1938

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Sandwich Shop Destruction 1941

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Both Buildings 1955

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Both Bldgs ~1957 x3

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