The village grew and its demands increased. The restaurant and the rooming houses could not give enough accommodation to the many people who came. So in 1910, a hotel was built. It was a pretentious building, well-constructed and good to look upon. There were three stories with a veranda and balconies on each floor, and of course, fire escapes.
On the ground floor was the business office, a large kitchen, a fine dining room, and of particular interest, a saloon. Mr. Fred Stubbs, who came from Ontario, was the manager. His chief bartender was Curly, and the lady in charge of the kitchen and the dining room was his niece, Emma Morris. Emma was a cook and soon gave the hotel a reputation as being, "a good place to eat". There were many employees in this hotel as it increased in popularity.
The saloon became a particular addition to the village. For a number of years it was well patronized. It served beer, hard liquors and wines. There must have been many stories from it. I relate two stories which Ed Anderson told.
"I had finished doing a days work building and went with a friend for a glass of beer at the saloon before going home. When I came out I found someone had untied my team, as they stood hitched to my sleigh. Fortunately, they were blanketed and would not move. Had they gone home I'd have had a long, cold, five mile walk. I was surprised when someone told me who had done such an unkind trick."
I was about to leave town one day when Fred Stubbs called to me, 'Take this neighbor of yours along. He has had too much to drink to drive. Indeed he had, for he couldn't walk. We threw him up in my wagon and tied his mare, that was hitched to a single buggy, to the back of my vehicle. After awhile he awoke and began to worry about his horse. He couldn't arise, and when he tried, I hurried my horses along, and he would fall back. He was so happy to see the mare when he got home. When his wife had to help him into the house, she scolded him soundly."
The declining economics, the post war depression, and possibly prohibition caused the saloon to be closed and the hotel to shut down. In the early 1920's the building was torn down. The lumber was sold to farmers to be reconstructed into other buildings.
Mr. Stubbs returned to Ontario. Emma Morris married a well-known rancher, Charlie Sherman, and they lived for the rest of their lives on his ranch in the Paradise Coulee.
The clock in the picture of the bar is now in Mr. Bill Parkes' collection of antiques. One of the light fixtures is in another antique collection in Seven Persons.
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