Port Allegany's  Historic Sartwell House

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McKean County Miner
May 4,  1894
page3  column 1
-Our townsman, (Smethport) C.S. King, has purchased the Sartwell house at Port Allegany, consideration $11,000.  We do not know how soon he will take possession.  Chet will make a good landlord.  Success to him.
In writing the history, achievements and commercial houses of the city of Port Allegany it would be impossible to omit an account of the Sartwell House, the hotel across the railroad which for years has been one of the most prominent and best known of our hostelries. The hotel has a reputation far and wide for its excellent service and fine accommodations.  It enjoys a very large patronage, and is one of our most popular hotels with the traveling public.  The hotel is thoroughly equipped with every convenience.  The rooms are finely fitted up and very comfortable.  the dining service is most excellent.  The hotel is open to the public during the whole of 24 hours, and the service is of the best.  Port Alleganians are proud of this hotel, and strangers from places many miles around have heard its praise.

Until about a year ago it was conducted by C.S. King.  Recently, however, George J. Smart has assumed the management.  The new manager has an interesting history, and his wide experience and past accomplishments will do much to make him popular with the people of Port Allegany.  He has been in the government service, on the survey of Lower California, Mexico.  He resigned there to accept a position on the Walker Nicaraguan Canal Commission, and stayed down there and went into the hotel business.  He was burned out twice during his ten years' stay there, and finally blown out by a hurricane.  He left there for home and the ship in which he was traveling was wrecked outside of Kingstown, Jamaica, the night of the earthquake.  The shipwrecked crew and passengers lay there all night and were taken off in the morning in a small boat.  The ship afterwards broke up.  For the past few years Mr. Smart has been in the hotel business in Erie, Pa.  His wide experience in the hotel business makes him a first class host, and the already popular Sartwell House is bound to become even more popular under his management. Port Allegany, Pennsylvania 1913 compiled by H. C. Fetterolf


McKean County Miner
July 4, 1895
Page 3, Column 6

C. S. King Gives Open House of Sartwell House

The popular landlord C. S. King, of the Sartwell house, gave open house to his many friends from 7 to 10 o'clock on New Year's eve.  Everything passed off pleasantly and Mr. King and his efficient clerk, P. Kilday, were at hand to see that each and every guest was mad happy, thereby adding greatly to their popularity.  Turkey, chicken, cold boiled ham, bread, butter, celery, apples, bananas, wines, liquors, cigars in fact everything one could wish was there in abundance.  Chet was happy as a lark and everyone was doing their level best.



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