Fair Oaks Historical Society

Virtual Walking Tour

Joseph Broadley

1859 - 1938

West - D51

38.649331, -121.279127

Walk out to the road and go north to the two distinctive Slocum stones. To the left you'll see the stones for Art and Hazel (Slocum) Broadley. Since the Broadley family is scattered in other parts of the cemetery, we'll pause here to tell the their story.

Art Broadley was one of four sons of Joseph Broadley. He, like the other Broadley sons became involved in the construction trades and Art with his wife Hazel designed and built the Slocum House (restaurant). Harold and Robert were also builders. John Murray got into the plumbing business and his family is still in business as Broadley Plumbing on Main Street.

The father, Joseph Broadley, was a major building contractor who came to Fair Oaks by 1898. He built the Methodist Church, the Fair Oaks school (now the Club House), the Presbyterian Church in the village, and one of Fair Oaks most stylish homes, his own, on Sunset between Chicago and Kenneth. Additionally, he built many of the best structures in Fair Oaks, including the Cunningham House on the north side of Sunset at the end of New York. He is buried with his wife, Jane Broadley.