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Vick's Hotel

Memories of Mrs. Katherine Vick relating to the Hotel on Main Street, Auburn (1989)


Hotel still in Auburn     (March 9, 1989 - News-Democrat)


This 1910 picture below  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, 1989. 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 [1989]. (The owner in 2008 is Oscar Ray Wren.)

My in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Vick 9now deceased, owned the hotel from 1904 until 1922. The little boy in the picture is Raymond Vick (1903-1990), who is now a patient at the Auburn Nursing Center. My husband, the late Karl Vick (1911-1979), was born at the hotel. So were his  brothers Hershel (1905-1969) and Elvis and his sister Kathleen (1916-1948).

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.

Katherine Vick
872 Scott Road
Auburn, Ky. 42206

vickh.jpg (109861 bytes) The accompanying picture is of the Vick Hotel at Main Street, Auburn - taken about 1910.

The boy in the picture is Raymond Vick [the future proprietor], who was born in 1903 and is about 7 years of age at the time.



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