Betty Macrae Litowsky’s Reflections of the Robert E. Lee Inn

Morgan Memories – Betty Macrae Litowsky’s Reflections of the Robert E. Lee Inn

Don Macrae’s Hot Dog Shanty on Morgan Beach circa 1937. Don Macrae, Sr. on the left and Don Macrae, Jr. on the right. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

Don Macrae’s Hot Dog Shanty on Morgan Beach circa 1937. Don Macrae, Sr. on the left and Don Macrae, Jr. on the right. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

Betty Litowsky shares these photos with us from her collection of fond memories growing up in the Robert E. Lee Inn across from Morgan Beach.  Betty is the child of Donald and Ruth Macrae who owned the Robert E. Lee Inn from the spring of 1940 through all of World War II until sometime in the 40’s/50’s.  In the late 1930s, prior to acquiring the Robert E. Lee Inn from founder James Cady, her father Donald, Jr. owned a hot dog “shanty” on the Morgan Beach side of Cheesequake Creek on the north side of old Route 35.

Ruth Macrae and Eddie Kellett in the Robert E. Lee Inn kitchen, 1942. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

Ruth Macrae and Eddie Kellett in the Robert E. Lee Inn kitchen, 1942. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

Betty also provided a wealth of personal stories of her childhood some of which will be added into this page over time so you’ll need to check back periodically!

Looking Northwest from Robert E. Lee Inn toward the yard after the 1942 hurricane (this was before hurricanes were given yearly sequential alphabetical names). Notice the steam train in the background below “Morgan Heights”. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

Looking Northwest from Robert E. Lee Inn toward the yard after the 1942 hurricane (this was before hurricanes were given yearly sequential alphabetical names). Notice the steam train in the background below “Morgan Heights”. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

Thank you to Betty for her memories!

Looking Toward Morgan Beach from Robert E. Lee Inn in the 1940’s sometime after 1943. Kaiser’s Tavern on the left, old Route 35 in the center, new (and current) Route 35 Morgan Bridge on the right. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

Looking Toward Morgan Beach from Robert E. Lee Inn in the 1940’s sometime after 1943. Kaiser’s Tavern on the left, old Route 35 in the center, new (and current) Route 35 Morgan Bridge on the right. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

 

Looking across Cheesequake Creek Channel toward Morgan Beach from Robert E. Lee Inn in the 1940’s sometime after 1943 during a very high tide. “Hock’s Pavilion” / Blodgetts Rooming House on the left, Morgan Beach bungalows in the center, and Kaiser’s Tavern on the right. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

Looking across Cheesequake Creek Channel toward Morgan Beach from Robert E. Lee Inn in the 1940’s sometime after 1943 during a very high tide. “Hock’s Pavilion” / Blodgetts Rooming House on the left, Morgan Beach bungalows in the center, and Kaiser’s Tavern on the right. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

 

War time entertainment by Ruth Macrae singing with Billy Coleman on piano, Mike O’ Brien on saxophone, and Eddie Coleman on drums, 1943. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

War time entertainment by Ruth Macrae singing with Billy Coleman on piano, Mike O’ Brien on saxophone, and Eddie Coleman on drums, 1943. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

 

 

“The Gang” in the downstairs bar at the Robert E. Lee Inn, circa 1944. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

“The Gang” in the downstairs bar at the Robert E. Lee Inn, circa 1944. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

 

 

Political dinner for Commissioner C. Wall in the upstairs back dining room of the Robert E. Lee Inn, circa 1945. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

Political dinner for Commissioner C. Wall in the upstairs back dining room of the Robert E. Lee Inn, circa 1945. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

 

Looking north to the yard at the Robert E. Lee Inn in preparation for installation of the World War II Army surplus barracks as seen from Route 35, circa 1945. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

Looking north to the yard at the Robert E. Lee Inn in preparation for installation of the World War II Army surplus barracks as seen from Route 35, circa 1945. Image courtesy of Betty Macrae Litowsky.

 

Originally posted on January 7, 2018.