Gallery #5 PEOPLE, SCHOOLS, ORGANIZATIONS, CHURCHES
Reid, John A. "Jack." Owner of Western Hotel and Criterion Hall.

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Record 1077/2101
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Collection Ohlson, Jeff
Date of photo 1900 ca.
Description Reid, John A. "Jack." Owner of Western Hotel and Criterion Hall. The hotel was on the main floor. Criterion Hall was on the second floor.
Newpaper info from Baker City Herald, 9-10-07:
"An old frame building housing the J. P. Osborn grocery on Front between Valley and Auburn burned to the ground. Fire notice in back of building at 9:30 p.m. Firemen could only save other property. Old Western Hotel was next door. Also located on the block are Wisdom drug, Moose cigar store, Spaulding & Vaughn, Idaho meat market. Western Hotel and Osborn Grocery also burned. A separate fire broke out shortly after in the Turkish bath parlors on second floor of Citizen’s National Bank (Front & Court?). Baer mercantile located under Turkish baths had water damage. Geisers own bank building. Moeller & Park own grocery building. Embers from fire in shingles of Wright Bros. Restaurant. Damage to bank about $1000. Osborn building a total loss valued at $4000. Turkish bath loss $2500. Western Hotel and Baer losses not given. Western Hotel was also a total loss.
“Western Hotel a Pioneer Hostelry. The passing of the Western hotel calls up much history that was connected with the old building. For many years it was the elite hotel of Eastern Oregon and the Kellogg stage lines stopped there daily for passengers. When Baker City was without means of conveyance this hotel was a popular resort. It was built in 1864, and the building beside it which contained Osborn’s store, was built in 1868. The Western was built and for many years owned by Jack Reid, George Lisle and a Mr. Fletcher. Reid now lives in Baker City and in company with his good wife is enjoying a ripe old age. One of the things of interest that happened in the Western hotel was the entertainment of General Sherman, when he was commander-in-chief of the American forces, and his lieutenants while they were on a trip through the northwest. It is said General Grant and many other notables in military circles were also entertained at the old hotel. It was a great place for the aristocratic weddings and social events. Frequently a grand ball would be given in a building located at what is now the corner of Resort street and Auburn avenue and the supper would be served in the Western hotel. When a new judge was placed on the bench in this district a great gala event was made of the occasion and the banquets served at the old hotel are said to have been of the finest. Let it be remembered that this mark of frontier life was reduced to ashes on the evening of September 9, 1907."
Object ID 2008.1.1
Place Baker City
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