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THE DAILY 3IISS0URIAX, FKIDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 7, 1917.
BIRTH OF HOTEL IDEA
First Meeting of Citizens Held Half A Century
Ago The Need a Problem Then
Fifty years aco. in the fall of 1S67,
a number of Columbia citizens met
in the old Boone County Courthouse.
They were representative men of the
town at that time. Their purpose
was to discuss a problem which,
even in these days, was considered an
important one the need of a new
hotel. Their chairman was Colonel
W. F. Switzler. In the audience was
J. L. Stephens, and his son, B. W.
Stephens, then a boy.
In February, on the night of the
twenty-ninth in 1916 In the new
Boone County Courthouse, which
stands on the same ground on which
the old courthouse stood, another
meeting to consider the prospects of
a new hotel was held. This time, it
was not merely a meeting of dis
cussions. It was not ended with a
hope but rather with a certainty. A
new hotel was assured in Columbia
and a tonus of $20,000 was sub
scribed by many of Columbia's citi
zens to a fund to help in the build
ing of the new Daniel Boone Tavern,
which had been the name chosen for
the new hotel.
Origin of Its Name a Mystery.
An unsolved mystery may go down
in the history of the new hotel pro
paganda. E. W. Stephens, chairman
of the committee of citizens who
helped raise the bonus, claims the
honor of suggesting the word "tavern"
as a part of the official name of the
hotel. There was a great deal of
discussion on the part of the com
mittee. It is said that at first Mr.
Stephens' proposal to use the word
"tavern" was laughed at but later It
was accepted. But who suggested
"Daniel Boone" as part of the hotel
name apparently will remain a
mystery in the history of Columbia.
"We just noticed that someone had
started it when we saw the name
"Daniel Boone Hotel" printed in the
newspapers," said one member of the
Most everyone agrees that it seemed
a foregone conclusion from the very
beginning of the actual business to
call the new hotel after the great
pioneer for whom the County of Boone
The citizens who subscribed the
$20,000 as a bonus for the builders of
the hotel were represented by a com
mittee of which E. W. Stephens was
chairman, and on which were the fol
lowing Columbians: Judge J. A.
Stewart S. F. Conley, L. M. Defoe,
President A. Ross Hill, John N. Tayl
or, R. B. Price, Jr.. C. B. Rollins, C.
B. Miller and W. W. Payne. It was
thought that, with $20,000 invested in
the proposition the citizens who had
invested should be represented in the
building of the tavern and so when on
April 15, 191C, the contract for a
$100,000 five-story fireproof hotel
building was signed with the L. W.
Dumas, Jr., Construction Company it
was arranged to have all plans and
work done approved by the committee.
IV. S. Williams Supervises Work.
Prof. W. S. Williams of the School
of engineering was named by the
committee to represent the towns
people in supervising the work of
the building company and from July
1, 1916, to June 1, 1917, Mr. Williams
served. Soon after the bonus money
was turned over to the construction
company, plans drawn by A. N. Tor
bitt of Springfield were approved by
the committee, and work on the
building was begun. One of the few
points of difference among members
of the committee was whether or not
the hotel should be 70 feet or 100
feet in width. Mr. Stephens, the
chairman maintained that it should
be built large enough to provide for a
futur"e growth and despite some doubt
on the part of a few others, finally
won out and the plans for a structure
113 feet wide by 88 feet deep were ap
proved. Soon after the work of building the
new hotel was started, L. W. Dumas,
Jr., who had planned the building and
had done practically all the work of
outlining the contracts, died. The
work of completing the structure was
taken up by L. W. Dumas, Sr. Boyle
Clarke was made president of the
Columbia Hotel Company which was
formed immediately afterwards and
since that time has assisted in the
Built in Eighteen Months.
Last Saturday night, eighteen
months after the movement to build
was discussed, practically the same
committee that met and planned the
hotel even before work on the ex
cavation had begun, met again, this
time in the reception room, adjoining
the ballroom in the completed new
Daniel Boone Tavern. Outside, in the
halls, the people of Columbia in
spected the work of the hotel company
and praised it, while an orchestra in
the lobby downstairs played for the
crowd which grew bigger as the
evening wore on. Instead of spending
tho $100,000 required of them the
Dumas Construction Company had
spent $165,000, and Columbia, from the
smallest boy who followed his parents
through the corridors to the oldest
citizen of Columbia, had only words
of congratulation for the town, the
hotel management and most of all,
for the people who had made the
Daniel Boone Tavern a reality.
At the conclusion of the banquet
which was given in honor of the com
mittee on the opening night, E. W.
Stephens, as chairman of the towns
people's committee gave his de
scription of the new $165,000 hotel
building as follows:
"An examination of the building
will demonstrate its practicability. It
is fireproof and finely arranged; the
dining room is large and ample; the
kitchen is so located as to be con'
venient to the dining room and the
coffee shop. The tavern has a
spacious and well lighted lobby and a
convenient writing room, all admir
ably adapted to their purposes. There
is no wasted space in the building
The rooms are not large but are
ample for transient patronage.
"The Mezzanine floor is especially
uniquely arranged, but the finest
feature is the banque room which
simply cannot be surpassed. The new
hotel will help make Columbia con
tinue to be what it has always been,
namely a city of hospitality."
HERE'S THE CHEF
A PLACE FOR CONTENTIONS
New Ballroom Will Help Bring Big
Meetings Here, Merchants BelieTe.
That the ball room of the new hotel
will be a great help to Columbia's
Commercial Club in bringing con
ventions here is the opinion of many
merchants each year but it is thought
that this number will undoubtedly be
increased when the accomodations of
the new Daniel Boone Tavern are
known throughout the state. Last
year there were press, medical, law
and teachers conventions here, in ad
dition to Farmers' Week and Journal
ism Week, two University activities.
The ballroom mey also be used for
receptions, banquets and for private
C. E. Wallace, new head chef at
the Danle Boone Tavern comes from
Kansas City where he has been
"swing" chef at the Muehlbach
Hotel since It opened. "Swing"
chef means in the language of hotel
people one who plays first "under
study" to the main chef, and can al
so fit into most any other vacancy
that occurs in a big hotel kitchen.
Wallace presides 'over the new tavern
kitchen, and jsupervises menus for
the hotel dining room and the Coffee
Shop. His work along these lines
has already received considerable
praise from the numerous diners at
the new hotel. .
SHOES OF QUALITY AT REASONABLE PRICES
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Goodyear and Goodrich Tires
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Cattaraugus Pocket Cuttlery
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FOURTEEN YEARS OF PROGRESS
In December 1903 this company opened for business, so not quite fourteen years old,
and by clean and progressive policies, and good service, we have built up a strong finan
cial institution, having at this time Capital and Undivided Profits of over $245,000. 00.
In our Banking Department we receive deposits from SI. 00 up and give the same care-
ful attention to-the small accounts, as is given to the larger ones. We pay interest
on Time Deposits.
In our Trust Department, we act as Administrator-Executor Trustee.
We make Real Estate Loans, and we sell Real Estate Loans to our patrons desiring
If you are interested as a borrower, investor, depositor or as to appointment of Execu
tor, Trustee, Curator, we invite you to call. Our officers will take pleasure in dis
cussing with you any such matter in which you may be interested.
Boone County Trust Company