If Walls Could Talk: The Bussell Family – Part 2

By Jade D

If you missed my first post about the history of the Bussell family and their home, take a look at Part 1 to catch up!

Charles B. Bussell - Image from The Cartoon, A Reference Book of Seattle's Successful Men
Charles B. Bussell – Image from The Cartoon, A Reference Book of Seattle’s Successful Men

So here’s what really happened, as best as I can tell. Charles Bussell and his first wife, Elizabeth, bought their Madrona home in 1900. Despite the stately new accommodations, their marriage was not a happy one. Elizabeth tried to divorce Charles in 1902 and it quickly turned ugly. She accused him of infidelity on multiple occasions, particularly with a Miss Violet Ball who Charles apparently lavished with gifts. The couple hired detectives to follow each other and got into a physical altercation when Elizabeth confronted Charles and Violet at the Seattle Hotel. Continue reading “If Walls Could Talk: The Bussell Family – Part 2”