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Oceanside Hotel at Magnolia Postcard From George Krewson III

Hi Joey,

Attached is picture of a 1910 postcard, I just purchased on-line through E-bay, of the Oceanside Hotel at Magnolia.  Interesting to know that construction was started in 1878 and the hotel was destroyed by fire in 1958.  My Dad, George Krewson Jr. purchased it in 1931 and sold it in 1945.  For this aging guy those truely were the “good old days.”

George Krewson III

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Follow Up: Memories Of The Oceanside Hotel, Magnolia MA In 1931 From George Krewson III Oceanside Hotel First Floor Plan

Earlier this month George Krewson III sent in this-

My Dad purchased the Oceanside Hotel at Magnolia in 1931. I was 6 at the time. He kept it until 1946. Dad had no idea how to operate a hotel, having most previous experience in the building business. When the 1929 depression hit he was out of building and just happened to acquire the Oceanside by what he called “trading cats for dogs.” He and Mom learned quickly, and within a few years a guest suggested that they journey down to Thomasville, GA and have a look a winter resort inn there. They liked what they saw and purchased the inn. Each year for the next 11 years they thrived on the resort hotel business–the Oceanside at Magnolia in the summer, and the Three Toms Inn at Thomasville in the winter, Needless to say I cam to really love growing up in the business. Then came WW II and changes in all family’s lives.

Magnolia and the Oceanside, in particular, will always remain as a fond memory.

George Krewson III

and now he follows up with this-

Oceanside Hotel first floor plan

Hi Joe,

In going through some files recently I came across the main lobby/dining area floor plan of the Oceanside Hotel I had scketched from memory about 10 years back.  Odd how things like that can stick in one’s mind.  I hadn’t been in the place since the early 40′s. Some fond memories.

George Krewson

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Memories Of The Oceanside Hotel, Magnolia MA In 1931 From George Krewson III

My Dad purchased the Oceanside Hotel at Magnolia in 1931. I was 6 at the time. He kept it until 1946. Dad had no idea how to operate a hotel, having most previous experience in the building business. When the 1929 depression hit he was out of building and just happened to acquire the Oceanside by what he called “trading cats for dogs.” He and Mom learned quickly, and within a few years a guest suggested that they journey down to Thomasville, GA and have a look a winter resort inn there. They liked what they saw and purchased the inn. Each year for the next 11 years they thrived on the resort hotel business–the Oceanside at Magnolia in the summer, and the Three Toms Inn at Thomasville in the winter, Needless to say I cam to really love growing up in the business. Then came WW II and changes in all family’s lives.

Magnolia and the Oceanside, in particular, will always remain as a fond memory.

George Krewson III

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Old Time Magnolia

The Oceanside Hotel

The Oceanside Hotel

Lisa (Peek) Ramos, in her recently published book, Magnolia, A Brief History, writes about the history of this incredible structure. I remember the night that it burned down in 1958. My dad was a fireman. My grandmother, a fireman’s wife, was a “Sparky”, a spectator at every fire.

We lived on Magnolia Ave. The fire was huge. All that was left was the chimney and one cottage. If you get a chance, get the book. Magnolia’s past is fascinating. —Sharon