C. Van Hooser
Posted By: Clay County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 1/15/2011 at 06:27:56
Van Hooser, C., proprietor of the Central Hotel, was born in Jefferson county, N.Y., on April 10th, 1843, and when quite youthful came with his parents to Allamakee county, Iowa, where he lived until 1880. While he lived in that county, he was engaged in farming and the hotel business. In 1880 he disposed of his property and removed to Palo Alto county, where he again became a farmer and engaged in that branch of industry until 1887, when he went to Sioux Rapids and conducted a restaurant for some little time, and then sold out and came to Spencer and built the Central, a two-story frame building, located in the central part of town. It is complete throughout, being newly furnished and provided with comfortable rooms. The Central is a place where the weary can be refreshed and the appetite of the hungry satisfied. Mr. Van Hooser is a genial accommodating landlord, and spares no expense or effort to make his hotel a popular resort for the traveling public. He has a family of five, and employs three helpers. His tables are always well provided with everything the markets afford.
Source: A History of Clay County, Iowa, by W. C. Gilbreath, 1889, p. 136.
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