Bio: Stevens, Peter M. (Commercial House Hotel)
Surnames: Stevens, McLaughlin, Beckman
----Source: Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Wis.) 1900 - 1902
Peter M. Stevens Commercial House Hotel
Greenwood, Clark Co., Wisconsin
The above ad appeared in the Greenwood Gleaner, February 2, 1900.
The above ad appeared in the Greenwood Gleaner, October 19, 1900.
At that time T. A. Anderson was the proprietor.
The above ad appeared in the Greenwood Gleaner, November 30, 1900.
Peter M. Stevens was the forty-eight year old proprietor of the "Commercial House" hotel featured in the advertisement above. He was one of Greenwood's earliest pioneers, having moved to the area when it was only sparsely populated. March 9, 1900, Ed. McLaughlin and wife of Fairchild met at the Commercial House with Mr. Stevens and rented the hotel and took charge of it about the first of May, 1900, when Mr. Stevens moved back to his own property.
The above ad appeared in the Greenwood Gleaner, December 21, 28, 1900 & January - February, 1901.
At that time W. J. Beckman was the proprietor. It read:
All newly furnished complete
Excellent table service
Good accommodations for transcient (transient?) and boarding.
First class livery in connection
W. J. Beckman, Proprietor
A good hotel cook wanted. The best wager will be paid to the right party and the position will be permanent. Address Mrs. L. Moody, Commercial House, Withee, Wis., 30 Mar 1900. (*We do not yet know if there was a tie between the Commercial House in Withee and the one in Greenwood.)
The report that J. W. Beckman had sold out his hotel business is without fact, though a deal was partially made. 23 Aug 1901.
C. E. Thorpe went to Minneapolis Tuesday to be gone a few days. 23 Aug 1901. (*see follow-on note 18 Oct 1901)
W. J. Beckman, who has been running the Commercial House during the past year, has bought out a restaurant and confectionery business in Augusta and will move his family up there shortly. 18 Oct 1901.
The Commercial House has been rented by C. E. Thorpe, who will take charge of it in a week or so. Mrs. Thorpe is a No. 1 cook and housekeeper and with the help of an uncle and sister of Mr. Thorpe they will be prepared to take care of the homeless and wayfaring in homelike style and comfort. 18 Oct 1901.
The furniture and other chattels used in
connection with the Commercial House, recently vacated by C. E. Thorpe, is
advertised to be sold at auction tomorrow. C. A. Scott will knock off
the goods. 7 Mar 1902.
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