Monday, February 6, 2012
J.J. Walton Sr. House
Mid block going north on Pearl from the Hales home (See Fridays post) was the J.J. Walton Sr. House. The first section of this house, a center gable gothic, was built in 1858, with a wing added at each end in later years. The Walton family owned the first piano in Eugene, a beautiful grand that can be seen at the Lane County Pioneer Museum. In the flood of 1863 the piano was saved by lifting it up on three chairs. Many years later the piano was given to Mrs. William Preston who lived on the southwest corner of 5th and Pear, just 1/2 block from the Walton home. Mr. Walton's son, J.J. junior was an attorney and later Lane County Judge, who built a fine home at 433 West Broadway which still stands and houses the Bates Steakhouse after being the home of Moreno's Mexican restaurant for many years.