December 9, 2003 - Issue: Vol. 149, No. 176 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 1st Session
(Extensions of Remarks - December 09, 2003)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E2547] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] DELUXE HOTEL ______ HON. WILLIAM J. JANKLOW of south dakota in the house of representatives Monday, December 8, 2003 Mr. JANKLOW. Mr. Speaker, on August 12, 2003, the Deluxe Hotel, a small business in Woonsocket, South Dakota, commemorated 100 years of family ownership and operation of the hotel. The hotel itself is an original structure built in 1883--two months before there was a town of Woonsocket and six years before South Dakota became a state--by railroad supervisor, Charles H. Prior and his wife. On August 12, 1903, Joseph Lane and Margaret Kirby Brown bought the hotel for $2,250 in cash plus a Springfield, South Dakota hotel valued at $1,500. Currently, J.L. and Margaret Brown's granddaughter--Delores Brown Bissel--owns and operates the hotel. She was born in the hotel in 1926, and has been involved in its operation ever since. The descendants of Joseph Lane and Margaret Kirby Brown gathered in Woonsocket on August 2nd to commemorate 100 years of family and business history. Family-owned businesses, such as the Deluxe Hotel, are the backbone of many small, rural South Dakota communities. I congratulate the Brown Family for this remarkable milestone, and hope that this longstanding contribution to the Woonsocket community and surrounding area will continue far into the 21st century. ____________________