Mayor Has Airy Suite at Old Stewart House
August 7th, 1930
Oakland Mayor John L. Davie was filled with an urge the other day to visit friends of years ago at Susanville, so he put on his hat, locked up his desk and forthwith started for the Lassen County capital.
Susanville was to be the big objective of his annual vacation trip, which he is now taking. He hadn’t visited friends there in 45 years.
Just before he left his office the mayor bethought himself that in the summer time the traveler is best accommodated who makes his hotel reservations early.
“Telegraph the Stewart House at Susanville to reserve the mayorality suite for me.” He instructed his secretary as he left the office and headed north in his car.
The rest of the story comes in dispatches from Susanville, where the mayor drove about the dusty streets for quite a while looking for the Stewart House. Odd, but none of those he asked seemed to know even that such a hotel existed. Finally he chanced to ask an ‘old timer.’
“The Stewart House? The Stewart House burned to the ground in a big fire 45 years ago.” The ancient inhabitant told Oakland’s Mayor.
Davie reports that despite the long-ago demise of his favorite accommodations he still had a fine time visiting with old friends in Susanville.
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