Portrait And Biographical Record Of Northern Michigan
Containing Portraits And Biographical Sketches Of Prominent
And Representative Citizens
Record Publishing Co., 1895
|Edward Killean, owner of the Dunham House of Manistee, is one of the
most popular hotelmen of Michigan, and having been engaged in the business
for thirty-three years has gained a thorough knowledge of all its details
and a large acquaintance among the traveling public. The Dunham is complete
in all its appointments and first class in every respect. There are eighty
guest rooms, all heated with steam and lighted with electricity, direct
communication being furnished with the office by means of electric and return
call bells and fire-alarm system.
The writer is constantly on the road, usually seeking the best hotels for a temporary home, but has never found a better one than the Dunham for its general accommodation and comfort of its guests, who are daily supplied with the choicest products of the markets, the forest and the lakes. The attendants, of whom there are thirty, are courteous and attentive. A capacious office is only one of the many comforts to be found, among which may be enumerated the reading-room, parlors and library.
As may be inferred from the foregoing brief description, the Dunham has the transient trade almost exclusively, and happy is the commercial traveler if he can make Manistee for Sunday. The proprietor of the hotel, to whose efforts its popularity is largely due, was born in Evans, fourteen miles from Buffalo, N.Y., December 10, 1838. He remained on his father's farm until he was twenty-one years of age, at which time, in 1859, he came to Michigan and settled in Grand Haven, then a small frontier village. There he built the Milwaukee, and afterward the Kirby House, containing sixty rooms, and embarked in the hotel business, continuing there until 1880. Removing at that time to Grand Rapids, he became proprietor of the Clarendon Hotel, which he conducted until 1893, and in July of that year came to Manistee. On becoming the proprietor of the Dunham House he remodeled the building, put in new furniture, and made a number of valuable improvements, which add to the comfort of the guests.
While a resident of New York Mr. Killean married Miss Margaret Sullivan, and two children were born to them. The son, John E., is assistant manager of the Dunham. The daughter is the wife of E.B. Seymour, a commission merchant of Grand Rapids.