(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 []

                              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.