Croy Restaurant Memories Page

 Maybe the first Croy to work at this location

 Taken from an unknown newspaper article.
 Elsey Jane Croy, an aunt of Raymond and Paul Croy
 b. 07 Apr 1869 - d. 16 Jun 1896

 Last Saturday, Miss Croy, a cook in a restaurant at
 Ottawa, was fatally burned by a gasoline explosion.
 She was standing close by the stove when an
 attendant filled the tank without extinguishing the
 flame and the can exploded, throwing oil everywhere.
 She ran, a sheet of flame, to the street where the
 fire was extinguished, but too late. The flesh was
 burned from her limbs and she died in great agony
 Sunday morning. Miss Croy was probably 24 years
 old and a dwarf. Her remains were taken to McComb
 to the home of her parents. The last words she
 spoke she requested to be taken to her mother.

 Not a very well written report. They state a
 gasoline explosion and according to their
 description, it must have been a kerosene oil stove.
 (nobody cooked with gasoline, even in 1896) She
 actually, was 27 years old when she died. No family
 stories talk about her being a dwarf. She probably
 was small in stature. What that fact, if she was,
 has to do with such a horrific story, who knows.
 No mention of the restaurant name in Ottawa. The
 two early owners of the Croy restaurant in the Paul's
 Rex Theatre block are, Charles Ferrall, Star
 Restaurant, then Agner and Frantz Restaurant. Not
 able to find any dates with the two businesses.

Rita and Louise Restaurant Days
No photographs are available of the time Rita Jane and Louise owned it. Not sure of the date Rita Jane Croy and her mother Louise Croy bought the restaurant. They ran it during the WW II years and sold it to Kathryn and Paul Croy in 1946
M.L. Johnson Memories - Late night Saturday closings After closing, we would clean up the place and the go to 5:00 a.m. Mass, which they had during the war so people working in Defense Plants could go to church. Both dad and Rita also worked at the Tank Depot in Lima, not sure of the timeframe. No Saturday evening masses back then. After mass, everyone, mom, dad and all who went to mass, would come home and sleep.
K. E. Croy Memories - WW II has ended I remember the day the war ended. Dad and I went to the restaurant to help out because they were so busy. I had never stayed up so late at night. Celebrating people would come in for something to eat and coffee. We sold everything in the restaurant. When some of the people found we had no more food or coffee, they asked for bread on a plate or crackers and would put ketchup or mustard on them and drink a glass of water. Mom offered to give them the bread and crackers, but they still left money. Everyone was so happy the war had ended..
In 1946 Rita Jane and Louise would sell the restaurant business to Aunt Kathryn and Uncle Paul Croy.


Kathryn and Paul Restaurant Days

Kathryn was full time manager and Paul would help, but continue with his chicken and egg business. Kathryn retained Louise as a cook. Random photos from Kathryn's restaurant days
Matchbook CROY Restaurant
Click photos to view larger Wall Posters: Right Wall (Front to rear) - Calendar, Dr. Pepper sign. Left Wall (Front to rear) Big Car Auto Races Celina ad, Chicken in the Basket poster, Menu board Back Wall (left to right) Toasted Cheese (something), Try our Jumbo Tenderloin Sandwich, then a clock and a fan, We Sell Bus Tickets (top) Burger Baskets (bottom)
Menu Ad
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