Last week I was at the regular meeting of the Bethlehem Historical Association and a gentleman walked up and handed me a folder containing some old documents. This is one of the many reasons I love my job. People hand me fascinating objects that open a window into local history.
One was a bill of sale between Norman Crum and William M. Dunn regarding the Delmar Hotel dated May 31, 1910.
Here’s the list of items sold:
I, Norman Crum,….do grant and convey…all my right, title and interest of, in and to the business conducted by me at the village of Delmar aforesaid in the hotel known as the “Delmar Hotel”; and all the stock, furniture, pool tables, cash registers, chairs, tables, stoves, and all bar room fixtures, excepting front and back bar; also all furniture in said hotel and rooms thereof, excepting piano and stove in parlor first floor, and bed and furnishings in upper front, side board and extension table in dining room, safe in upper floor; Also conveying to said party of the second part all stored ice, ice bars, picks, barrows and tools in ice house, two wagons, one cutter, one set of eight double harnesses, dee pitted picks, shovels and rakes, all lawn swings, settees as now in use in and about said Delmar Hotel except as stated.
I imagine pool playing patrons enjoying a game while piano music plays in the background, perhaps sipping an iced beverage from one of the two bars. Outdoor space was just as important back then as it is now with lawn swings and settees for relaxing.
All of this got me thinking –do I have a picture of the Delmar Hotel? Well, sort of…
This is a picture of the Four Corners about 1909 looking west along Delaware Avenue. I can crop several local landmarks that are not readily seen at first glance.
|Men lounging on the steps of the post office, now I Love Books.|
|The white, decorative porch in the background belongs to the Blanchard house|
which was about where the clock is today.