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JIM: The Tandy Hotel, yet another name

The establishment was always known for setting a good table. Mr. Tandy also had a farm near Bliss, which he sold before removing to Bloomington, Indiana
Comments re article 46035. JIM New Adair Hotel went by many names in 79 year history


Seeing this served as a reminder that I recently came across yet another name for the hotel.

A brief article in the Nov. 21, 1917 News stated (in part) that "Mr. Geo. H. Kruse, State Hotel Inspector, was here last Wednesday. He went through the Tandy Hotel, and reported to this office that he found the rooms and bedding in first-class condition, superior to many country hotels. He also dined at the noon hour, stating that he was furnished with an elegant meal..."

At that time, the hotel was owned by Judge Junius Hancock. About a month later, Judge Hancock sold the business -- lock, stock, and room keys -- to C.G."Gus" Jeffries. In early January, 1918, the News, in reporting renovations Mr. Jeffries had made, noted that "Mr. Tandy, the former proprietor, has been sick for more than a year, and it was impossible for him to give the business the attention it deserved, but his hotel was above average, as his table was good as many country hotels."

Judge Hancock had leased the hotel to Mr. R.E. Tandy in August, 1915, the News commenting at the time, "Mr. Tandy has had some experience in the business and will no doubt conduct a popular house." By May, 1917, Mr. Tandy had been sick for several weeks -- sick enough to seek consultation with a specialist in Louisville. In late 1918, he sold his farm near Bliss, and he and his wife removed to Bloomington, Ind. Mr. Tandy departed this plane of existence in late December, 1941, a few weeks past his 86th birthday.

There were but few references to the Tandy Hotel in the News: one in December, 1915; two in October, 1917; and the article mentioned in the first paragraph, above, which appeared again in the November 28th edition.

Compiled by JIM

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