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A hotel had been operated at the corner of Fourth and West Main Street since at least 1852. Over the years the streets have been renamed - Fourth Street having once been called Ferry Street. This was Lot 146 of the Wickerham plan of lots. William Ihmsen sold the property to James B. Mercer in October 1831. James Mercer built a brick building there in 1834. In 1852, the heirs of James Mercer sold the property, "occupied by Abraham Fulton as a hotel, and consisting of a brick tavern house, a comfortable frame dwelling, and extensive stabling. James Prescott Shepler purchased "the Hempfield  House" on the corner of Main and Ferry Streets in 1852. Shepler con- ducted the hotel there until 1883. By 1889 the hotel was known as the Hotel Wilgus and the upper stories of the hotel had a capacity of over 50 rooms. Oysters were served in the dining room in 1887 at 25 cents, and there was a separate entrance for the ladies through the hotel hall. The carriage house and extensive stables were attached to the riverside portion of the lot. By 1900 the building was called the Commercial Hotel. The property passed through a number of different proprietors and renovations. In 1907 over 100 guests were entertained in the dining room. Over the years several other business also used parts of the street level rooms. The Jones Brothers operated a grocery in 1884. A billiard room was attached to the reading room.

Research by Charles Talbert
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