This photo of the Dolan Hotel was taken about 15 years after it closed as a hotel and was serving again as a private home.
To the left is Pres Bragg, many years later, at his retirement party.
Work teams were put up at the Dolan Hotel when they were temporarily working nearby. Workers for the power company who were electrifying Orlando and the surrounding countryside, telephone company workers when they were installing telephone lines through Orlando in 1929, railroaders and oil and gas field workers who were too far from home to commute also stayed at the hotel. At least one worker got more that a clean, hospitable place to stay and good meals. Perry Francis, a native of Pensylvania, working as a driller in the oil fields around Orlando lodged at the hotel. There, he met his future wife, Bridget Dolan, a younger sister of the Dolan sisters. Perry Francis is to the right.
School groups, like the basketball teams of Elkins High School and Broaddus College in Philippi, found the hotel a convenient layover on their trips. Among the Elkins High School players who stayed at the Dolan Hotel was Marshall “Little Sleepy” Glenn, who later starred in basketball at West Virginia University as a player and later as coach.
Marshal Glenn in later years is pictured at the right.
Fr. Quirk on his horse is to the left.
~ Evelyn and Eleanor Arnold, sisters who taught at the Orlando School in the mid-1920s, stayed there. Teachers, who lived as close as Burnsville and who would normally commute, found lodging at the Dolan Hotel when weather was inclement and traveling was difficult.
~ Bessie (Boyd) Bell, dean of women at Glenville State College during the mid 1900s. The guest register lists many visitors like her who lived not far away, in Gassaway or Glennville.
Notable Traveling Guests of the Dolan Hotel
~ Congressman John Wolverton from Richwood was a guest at the Dolan Hotel, as was William Chilton, U. S. Senator and publisher of the Charleston Gazette.
William Chilton is at the right.
~ E. A. Prosser of New Jersey was a member of the U. S. government's Chemicals Division during and after WW I. After the war he was named Chief of the Division's department that was resposible for tanning materials.
There was a dynamite plant at Nitro, near Charleston, during WW I and my guess is that was where he was going. From New Jersey by train, he would have taken the Pa. R. R. to Pittsburgh or Baltimore, then south to Grafton and Orlando, and he would have had to change trains at Orlando to catch the Coal and Coke to Charleston
~ A well-known men's four part harmony quartet of the 1920’s, the “4” Embers, also enjoyed the hospitality of the Dolan Hotel.
Most travelers who stopped in Orlando came by train, but apparently not all. In 1922 the hotel registry shows "M. Jedel and Driver" of Newark, N. J. He must have come by automobile.
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Betty and Mary Margaret Francis are on the left, Bernadette Dolan is to the right.
Thanks to the following people who supplied the information in this entry.
daughters of Bridget (Dolan) Francis,
. . Betty (Francis) Rainer
. . Mary Margaret (Francis) Yahn
Juanita (Bennett) Buchanan, the daughter of Dave and Macel (Parmer) Bennett, who grew up directly across the tracks from the hotel.
Also, we have access to the guest register for the years from 1919 to 1930, thanks to is current owner Oscar Hawkins.
To the left is Oscar and wife Mickey Hawkins.