said that Paul liked to have plenty of mirrors in the rooms so
each room had a large vanity mirror, a mirror on the sliding
glass shower door, and a framed mirror hanging in the living
area. Virginia said that when they opened up for business in
1980, that the reservation book was already full of names. She
said that she prayed to God for good helpers, so that when God
sent people to help Virginia clean, she took good care of them.
In 1986 the Cudd’s sold the motel to Glen and Marilyn Biggs. The girls who helped Marilyn clean say that she was just as picky about clean rooms as Virginia was. Marilyn would give the rooms the ‘white glove’ test every day. In fact, when Marilyn came back to Watonga to visit in 1995, she asked the present owners if she could look at the rooms to see if they were being kept clean. Glen and Marilyn would operate the business for six years before selling the motel to John and Jane Romine in 1992.
In February, 1993, Alvin Woodruff began working in Watonga for the OSU Extension office. He stayed at the motel and heard the owners talk about selling the place. So in November of that year, Alvin and Anita Woodruff bought the motel and have been running the business ever since.
Alvin and Anita Woodruff were dairy farmers first in Alfalfa then later in Oil Center before coming to Watonga in 1993.
Running the motel has allowed the Woodruffs to cross paths with many interesting people from across the world. Anita said that she could fill a book with all of the interesting stories she has heard from listening to so many of her guests.
Since 1993 Alvin and Anita have made many improvements to the
motel. The rooms now feature pillow-top mattresses, 27” flat
screen televisions and Direct TV.
In 2006, Watonga Motel bought the Coach Inn just across the street adding 20 more rooms to the 13 rooms across the street. A great deal of remodeling has been done on these “south-side” rooms including new carpet, beds, doors, new heat/air units,
as well as new paint and wallpaper.
The Woodruff’s invite anyone to stop by and see their rooms!