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This picture of the hotel on Main Street in Auburn was taken about 1910.  This same picture appeared in the March 2, 1989 issue of the News Democrat and on the following week, March 9, 1989 Mrs. Katherine Vick wrote the following to the Editor of the paper. She says:

        "I would like to give you a little information about the hotel in Auburn, which was pictured in the News-Democrat on March 2. The front porches are gone, but the hotel still stands on Main Street in Auburn. It has been converted into small apartments and is presently owned by Jerry Wilhelm.
        My in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Vick (now deceased), owned the hotel from 1904 until 1922. The little boy in the picture is Raymond Vick, who is now a patient at the Auburn Nursing Center. My husband, the late Karl Vick, was born at the hotel. So were his brothers Hershel and Elvis and his sister Kathleen.
        Mrs. Vick operated a boarding house for "drummers" (traveling salesmen) who came to Auburn by train. She served meals, assisted by a black cook who later became an excellent chef in a large hotel in Louisville.
        A Mr. and Mrs., Miller were the next owners of the Hotel, after moving from their farm east of Auburn. The Vick family moved to the farm, which is now my home. The original house burned in 1943.
        I hope this information will be helpful, and will bring back memories  to the older citizens of this area."

                                                                                                                                        Signed: Katherine Vick
                                                                                                                                                       872 Scott Road
                                                                                                                                                       Auburn, Ky. 42206

                     1920 Census

Vick, Tilden J. 41 Kentucky Merchant Dry Goods b. 1877 d. 1958  Buried-Auburn, KY
Ina (nee Oakes) 38 Kentucky b. 1881 d. 1968 Buried-Auburn, KY
Raymond O. 16   Kentucky  b. 1903 d. 1990 md. Cassie Harris & Bulena Wilkerson  & Buried-Auburn, KY
Hetshel T. 14 Kentucky b. 1905 d. 1969 Buried-Auburn, KY
Karl 8 Kentucky b. 1911 d. 1979 md. Katherine Wheatley & Buried-Auburn, KY
Kathleen 4 Kentucky b. 1916   d.1948 Buried-Auburn, KY
Elvis 2/12 Kentucky b. Abt 1920 md. Peggy Mathews

                           Another son James E. was born in 1909 and died in 1910. He is also buried in Auburn. Another infant son was born on May 4, 1913 and died on May 9, 1913.

bulletAccording to Mrs. Katherine Vick the hotel was sold in 1922 to Mr. & Mrs. Miller.
bulletWho were the Millers?
bulletThey were Leonard (1862-1938) and Vienna LaRue Miller (1863-1944).

 

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Auburn Hotel Changes Hands
According to the Logan County News of Mar 18, 1926 – they outline; “The Auburn Hotel Changes Hands. The new owners are Mr.  & Mrs. L. W. Miller."

 

In 1922 at the time they bought the hotel they would have been:

Miller, Leonard 60* Kentucky Farmer b. 1862 d. 1938  Buried-Auburn, KY (md. abt 1886)
Vienna LaRue 59* Kentucky b. 1863 d. 1944 Buried-Auburn, KY (md. abt 1886)
Andrew T.. 31 Kentucky b. 1891 d. 1971 Buried-Auburn, KY (Not listed in household in 1930 Census)
Ruby 30 Kentucky b. Abt. 1892 d. (Not listed in household in 1930 Census)
Emmet Earl 28* Kentucky b. 1894 d. 1981 Buried-Auburn, KY
Sam (Reverend) 25 Kentucky b. 1897   d.1982 Married Helen Schanzenbacher - Buried-Auburn, Ky (Not listed in household in 1930 Census)
Flora 16* Kentucky b. 1906  d. 1933 Buried-Auburn, KY

                                                          * indicates listed in household in 1930 Census.                             

bullet In 1989 the hotel was owned by Jerry Wilhelm
bulletThe hotel at present (2005 is owned by Oscar Ray Wren

 

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