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Transcription contributed by Martie Callihan 1 February 2005


The History of Warren County Ohio
Part IV Township Histories
Franklin Township by W. C. Reeder
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)


Probably the first hotel in Franklin was kept by Aaron Reeder, M. D., and was near the corner of Front and Sixth streets. He also, as was the custom of those days, kept a bar, which was the cause of his death; having acquired the habit of drinking, he took a drink of aqua fortis through mistake for whisky. It is not certain when he died, but his wife was in charge in 1814. In 1836 or 1837, we find that the Exchange Hotel, on the corner of Sixth and Canal, was kept by Francis McGalliard, and he also kept hotel on the corner of Sixth and Center streets. Thomas Wilkins also kept hotel. Charles Lang kept on the corner of Center and Fifth streets, and Nathaniel Coleman kept the Mansion House in 1837. Caspar Miller kept the Canal Hotel for many years, and afterward, the Miller House, up to about 1865, when he retired from business. Joseph Hurst kept the Bull's Head Tavern for many years. Alex Cumming was also a landlord for years. Mrs. Hurst kept the Hurst House after her husband's death. William Harrison, Samuel Ross and Mrs. Hurst kept the hotel on the corner of Fifth and Front streets. Since Caspar Miller retired, his house has been occupied by several landlords, among whom were John C. Barkalow, Bickford, G. W. Miltenberger and Pem Morton, who is now the occupant. Mr. Washington Coleman, who kept boarders for several years, was induced several years since to open a hotel in his residence, on Center street, between Fourth and Fifth. As there is no bar connected with this house, he has enjoyed the patronage of the better class of travelers, and so popular is he as a landlord, that, during the past year, he has been obliged to enlarge his house, which he did by raising it to three stories. He has now ample room for all and is reaping the reward of his enterprise in the shape of a good patronage.

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