Foor Hotels - Hotel Duval, Jacksonville, FL

submitted by Wm. A. Morrison, 2003

Images contributed by Wm. A. Morrison, 2003

Newspaper Excerpts Regarding the Duval Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida

1892 - "The Duval Hotel in Jacksonville, Fla., was burned yesterday morning. There were about 65 guests, all of whom are believed to have escaped". [Middletown Daily Press, Middletown, NY, March 16, 1892]

1892 - Jacksonville, Fla., Duval Hotel, corner Forsyth and Hogan streets, was completely gutted by fire early this morning. Portions of the roof and walls have fallen. Sixty five people were in the hotel when the fire was discovered. All got out safely and without confusion. The fire caught in the store room on the third floor from an unknown cause, and was a very stubborn one to handle. The property was owned by J. L. Turner, of Bronson, Fla., and was valued at $40,000. Insurance $15,000. J. H. Peck, lessee of the hotel had $2,000 worth of property in the house upon which his insurance is $1000." [The Hearld and Torch Light, Hagerstown, MD., March 17, 1892]

1892 - "At Jacksonville, Fla., the Duval hotel was burned to the ground. There wer about sixt-five guests, all of whom escaped". [Hornellsville Weekly Tribune, Hornellsville, NY, March 25, 1892]

1900 - "To Traveling Men: The Duval Hotel, Jacksonville, is open. Newly furnished and repaired. B. W. Sperry, Proprietor". [Classified ad in the Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA, May 3, 1900]

1901 - Jacksonville, FL., Nov. 4 - In the parlor of the Duval hotel Saturday night Miss Adah Elam, of Atlanta, and State Senator C. Fabian Law of Green Cove Springs, were married. [Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA, Nov. 5, 1901]

1907 - A special from Jacksonville, Fla, says Edward Winner, a clerk at the Duval Hotel, and Misses Lillan and Bertha Ballam were drowned early today while enjoying a moonlight sail on St. John's River. The boat capsized. The two girls caught Winner and pulled him with them under the water. Winner was a native of NY. [The Washington Post, Washington, DC., Sept. 1, 1907]

1907 - "Wanted At Once -- Six experienced dining room girls: good wages. Address Manager Duval hotel, Jacksonville, Fla." [Classified ad in the Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA., June 18, 1907]

1908 - "Suicide Foiled in Odd Way. Chicago, Mar. 18 -- George B. McGuire, who said he recently had been manager of the Park and Duval hotels at Jacksonville, Fla., attempted to kill himself Tuesday by jumping down an elevator shaft from the 7th floor of the Auditorium building. He landed on an ascending car at the fourth floor and was not injured seriously." [Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, March 18, 1908]

1909 - Detective Crawford of the local police force arrested Max P. Emmerich of Indianapolis, Ind., who confessed to embezzling $10,000 from the Capital National bank of Indianapolis where he was employed as bookkeeper. Emmerich was going under the assumed name of Wilson, and was caught at the Duval hotel, Jacksonville. [Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA., June 2, 1909]

1919 - "Duval Hotel, Jacksonville, Florida. 100 rooms, 50 baths. Opposite post office. All modern improvements, elevator, telephone service. Rates without bath, $1 and up; with bath, $1.50 per person. W. S. Jones, Mgr." [Ad in the New Smyrna Daily News, New Smyrna, FL, March 21, 1919]