Hotel Employees

We are collecting the names and stories of the hotel workers. They are, after all, the backbone of the business. They take care of all the patrons but they also hear the gossip and know all the secrets. Since the hotel closed down in the late 50’s we are unlikely to find many living former employees but I’m sure that there is still the family of these employees in the area and we would love to hear from them. For those who worked at the hotel during the 60s when it was a retirement home, we would like to hear from you too. The purpose of this book is to tell the story of the people who inhabited the building and not so much about its physical structural changes over the years.

Once we get more names we will create something cool to display them for our readers.

Prior to Opening

Mr. D.W. Brown Property Owner
Mr. Frank Milburn – Architect for New Hotel
Mr. H.W. Otis – Contractor
Mr. W. Riley Deloach of Live Oak Assisted Mr. Chappell in getting the Hotel ready for opening day
Mr. Joe Aldridge did all the fancy woodwork inside the Hotel
Mr. J.B. Barton of Live Oak supplied all the furniture for the hotel

1902 Employee Roll Call

David Willard Brown, Building Owner
J.W. Chappell, Hotel Manager (before opening until May 1903)
W.A. Dunston, Assistant Manager
C.B. Lansdell, Steward
Charles Jenkins, Chief Cook (until Feb 1903)

1903 Employee Roll Call

David Willard Brown, Building Owner
D.E. Whetstone, Manager (May 1903 to Feb 1904 – Owner of Whetstone Telephone Company)
W. Riley Deloach, Steward (Feb 1903)
Alex Rice, Clerk (Aug 1903 to Sept 1903)
Mr. C. Daniels, Chief Cook (Feb 1903)
Mr. S.C. Folkes, Clerk (Sept 1903)
William Smith, Cook (Nov 1903)

1904 Employee Roll Call

David Willard Brown, Building Owner
O.K. Paxton, Manager (Feb. 1904 to Dec. 1904)
J.T. Jones – Liveryman
Sam C. Folks – Clerk
Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Clayton – Assisting Manager (Nov. 1904)
Miss Caddie Irving – Assistant Clerk
Messrs. W.A. Mortimer & Ellis – Manager (Dec. 1904 until May 1905 )
D.P. Smith – Desk Clerk

1905 Employee Roll Call

David Willard Brown, Building Owner
Mr. W.A. Mortimer – Manager until end of May 1905
Mr. Henry T. Drunet – Chef until November 1905
Mr. D.E. Whetstone – Manager Again Beg. June 1905

1906 Employee Roll Call

Mr. D.E. Whestone – Manager (June to Nov 1906)
Prof. C.A. Holton has accepted a position at the Blanche, while Mr. Whetstone is on a month-long business trip. (June 5 – July 5, 1906)
Mr. Wade H. Lowry, Manager (Nov. 1906)

1907 Employee Roll Call

David Willard Brown, Building Owner
Mr. Wade H. Lowry, Manager
Mrs. Wade H. Lowry, Hostess

1908 Employee Roll Call

David Willard Brown, Building Owner
Mr. Wade H. Lowry, Manager (Nov 1906 to March 1908)
Mr. J.W. Hopson, Manager (March 1908)
Mrs. J.W. Hopson, Hostess
Clerk Taylor

1909 Employee Roll Call

Mr. David W. Brown, Building Owner
Mr. J. W. Hopson, Manager (March 1908 to March 1909)
Mr. W. R. Letcher, Manager (April 1909)
Mrs. L. N. Whitner, Head of Housekeeping (April 1909)
Mrs. Hummel, of Charleston, S.C – Head of the Culinary Department (Sept 1909)

1910 Employee Roll Call

Mr. David W. Brown, Building Owner
Mr. W.R. Letcher, Manager (April 1909 to February 1910)
Mr. J.W. Ettel, Manager (March 1910)
Robert P. Taylor, Clerk
Eliza Guyer, Maid
Mary Reuben, Housekeeper
Sarah Chainey, Maid
Ed Morrison, Porter

1911 Employee Roll Call

Mr. David W. Brown, Building Owner
Mr. J.W. Ettel, Manager
Robert P. Taylor, Clerk