Lacy Telephone Company
Owned by Mr. Claude Lacy and his sister Mrs Will Scoggins (Fannie Lacy). Operated from 1897-1910 in Longview, Texas.
Residents and companies receiving telephones:
Kelly Plow Company
Taken from a list at the Gregg County Historical Museum, which included extensions and in which order customers received phones.
In 1929, the growth of Longview prompted the residents to begin a program which resulted in the construction of Hotel Longview. A planning board was organized in that year and members included Dr. V.R. Hurst, L.D. Kelly, L.A. Sessums, J.G. Pegues and Oliver Daniel. Dr. Hurst and Mr. Daniel took the lead in the project with Neal Sodoll of Shreveport as the architect and with Ashton Glaud as the contractor.
The first hotel, named the Gregg Hotel, was opened in Feb. of 1930 and had 64 rooms for the public. The cost to build the structure was $128,000.
The hotel was leased and operated by the Louisiana Hotel Company for a time, and during the oil boom was sold to Trippet and Meadows of Shreveport, La. The Longview Hotel Company took over the operation of the hotel for about a year and then sold it to the Hilton Hotel chain. In 1935 this chain added a new wing which added another 64 rooms and nearly doubled the size of the hotel.
From 1925 to 1954 the hotel changed hands several times. In June of 1954 Earl Hollandsworth and L.L. Travis, both Longview oil operators, purchased the hotel. Between 1954 & 1956 a remodeling program was instituted and every room in the hotel was redecorated with new furnishings and new carpet. Several beautiful new suites were added and the lobby was completely revamped as was the coffee shop. The Tropical Room was added at this time.
Hotel Longview provided free inside parking facilities for its guests. Construction proceeds on a $1 million expansion program centered around a swimming pool surrounded by cabanas and suites.
UPDATE: Per Dr. Norman Black of Longview:
The need for a hotel in downtown Longview
was apparent when oil was discovered. An internationally
known ophthalmologist, Dr. V. R. Hurst, approached Conrad Hilton
in the 1930s an asked if he, Hilton, would consider building a
hotel in Longview. Hilton was reluctant to do so until Dr.
Hurst told him the good doctor would finance it himself (probably
with other Longview businessmen). Hilton was amazed and
excited at this windfall-like prospect and took Hurst up on it.
An so it was. Later, local oilman, Earl Hollandsworth and
his "silent partner", Lee Travis, bought the hotel and re-named
it. Hollandsworth constructed a parking garage across the
alley. Then, Hollandsworth affiliated the hotel with the
Downtowner Corporation (I think that's the name) and re-named
it the Downtowner Hotel.. The Downtowner people insisted on adding
several feet to make an enclosed dining area on the south side,
very close to the street on the east end. They also constructed
a swimming pool on the second floor of the east extension (N.
Green St.). Later, Hollandsworth gave all his hotels away,
this one to LeTourneau College for use as a dormitory for men.
The college finally abandoned the hotel and moved the tenants
to their campus. It stood vacant for years with no prospective
buyers. Dr. Alvin O. Austin, President of LeTourneau University
had the hotel demolished and suggested a plan for a park-like
area, later to be known as Heritage Plaza. I did not included
precise dates for these events: that would be a mammoth
task for me, but the events are chronologically correct.
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