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 Hotel Ingham, Joey Schipman, 4/21/2011 12:28:57 PM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, Judy24, 4/21/2011 3:17:55 PM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, Buck Showalter, 4/21/2011 3:23:25 PM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, Fred South, 4/21/2011 5:27:19 PM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, Cindy Stalcup, 4/21/2011 5:46:35 PM
 RE: Hotel InghamDonator David Schott, 4/21/2011 5:51:41 PM
 RE: Hotel InghamDonator David Schott, 4/21/2011 5:59:08 PM
 RE: Hotel InghamDonator Amorette Allison, 4/21/2011 6:02:40 PM
 RE: Hotel InghamDonator Gene Larson, 4/21/2011 7:47:59 PM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, Joey Schipman, 4/21/2011 8:05:48 PM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, sdrew, 4/22/2011 8:26:24 AM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, sdrew, 4/22/2011 8:27:09 AM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, Butch Cain, 5/22/2011 3:53:36 PM
 RE: Hotel InghamDonator Gunnar Emilsson, 5/22/2011 9:22:37 PM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, Jay Johnson, 6/15/2011 2:51:27 PM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, Nancy Drew, 6/15/2011 3:48:40 PM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, Lance Bredvold, 7/12/2011 7:27:23 AM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, Don Thompson, 7/15/2012 9:35:13 PM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, Cheryl Gaer-Barlow, 7/16/2012 5:31:00 AM
 RE: Hotel InghamDonator Amorette Allison, 7/16/2012 8:33:11 AM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, Cindy Stalcup, 7/16/2012 11:10:52 AM
 RE: Hotel InghamDonator David Schott, 7/16/2012 11:36:07 AM
 RE: Hotel InghamDonator David Schott, 7/16/2012 11:43:04 AM
 RE: Hotel InghamDonator Amorette Allison, 7/16/2012 1:05:46 PM
 RE: Hotel InghamDonator Dona Stebbins, 7/17/2012 2:14:26 PM
 RE: Hotel InghamDonator Gunnar Emilsson, 7/17/2012 2:36:45 PM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, nativemc, 7/17/2012 3:42:13 PM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, Don Thompson, 9/12/2012 12:28:44 PM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, Don Thompson, 9/12/2012 2:11:59 PM
 RE: Hotel Ingham, Wayne White, 9/12/2012 4:18:08 PM
 Subject: Hotel Ingham
Author: Joey Schipman  Posted: Thu Apr 21 12:28:57 PM MDT 2011 From: - WY
I have an old deck of cards from the Hotel Ingham; Edith Slack, Manager. Does anyone know where this hotel was and when it was in operation? Just curious.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Judy24  Posted: Thu Apr 21 3:17:55 PM MDT 2011 From: - MT
I think I remember it was out on the road going out to the valley.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Buck Showalter  Posted: Thu Apr 21 3:23:25 PM MDT 2011 From: - MT
The Gingham Lady? Classy joint.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Fred South  Posted: Thu Apr 21 5:27:19 PM MDT 2011 From: - IL
The Ingram Hotel stood across the street from the side of the 600. I walked passed it nearly every day going to work and remember the beautiful chandelier. It was a brick building, as I recall.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Cindy Stalcup  Posted: Thu Apr 21 5:46:35 PM MDT 2011 From: - MT
In the 20's it was advertised in the Auto Blue Book as a place the auto traveler could get "your icy-hot bottle" filled at the Ingham Hotel's-- Ingham hot showers & bath tubs. It was advertised with Shuey's Motor Company-- the largest & best equipped repair shop in Montana. I don't know if the icy-hot bottle was a thermos for the traveler or water for the auto's radiator.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Donator David Schott  Posted: Thu Apr 21 5:51:41 PM MDT 2011 From: - WA
"Ingham" or "Ingram"?

The building Fred South is referring to must have been the one known as the ElRobo Building in later years. It was located on the southwest corner of Sixth and Main St. It burned to the ground in about 1983.

The Gingham Lady Motel was located on old U.S. Hwy 10/12 (Valley Drive East).
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Donator David Schott  Posted: Thu Apr 21 5:59:08 PM MDT 2011 From: - WA
Here, from this site's "Gallery", you can see a photo with a "Hotel Ingham" sign in it. The sign is mounted on the building (the "El Robo Building" in later years) that was located at Sixth and Main St:

http://milescity.com/gallery/view.asp?gid=4&id=412

 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Donator Amorette Allison  Posted: Thu Apr 21 6:02:40 PM MDT 2011 From: - MT
Ingham. It was open until the 1960's, I believe. Yes, you came in through a door on 6th street and it was upstairs.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Donator Gene Larson  Posted: Thu Apr 21 7:47:59 PM MDT 2011 From: - MT
If the clock in the photo above (below the "Ingham" sign) looks familiar, it is now across the street from its orignal location at Club 519. And the clock is set at that time (5:19).
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Joey Schipman  Posted: Thu Apr 21 8:05:48 PM MDT 2011 From: - WY
Thanks for all the information. The cards actually belong to my husband. He is the gambler in the family. We bought the cards in an antique shop in Glendive and just wanted a little history on the hotel. I knew this site was the place to go. Thanks again. smile
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: sdrew  Posted: Fri Apr 22 8:26:24 AM MDT 2011 From: - MT
I remember going there to pick up my aunt when she came up from Wyoming every summer to visit.
It had beautiful woodwork and our mom woul let us get a gumball from the dispenser that sat on the counter.
I remember it as beautiful.
And yes, you entered from 6th Street.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: sdrew  Posted: Fri Apr 22 8:27:09 AM MDT 2011 From: - MT
sorry-the "d" sticks on my keyboard!exlaimation
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Butch Cain  Posted: Sun May 22 3:53:36 PM MDT 2011 From: - MT
the hotel was still open in late 60; or early 70;s as I stayed there will working on the post office, I believe the manager was Buzz Hutcherson at that time . I believe it was a saloon after that, call the black Bull.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Donator Gunnar Emilsson  Posted: Sun May 22 9:22:37 PM MDT 2011 From: - NY
Damn, Main Street sure was impressive looking in the old days.

Seeing that picture makes you just want to fold your hand, and let the buffalo take over again.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Jay Johnson  Posted: Wed Jun 15 2:51:27 PM MDT 2011 From: - CT
The building that the Hotel Ingham sign is on was the Miles City Bank as shown on the clock . If you look closely you will notice that the Hotel Ingham sign is an arrow pointing to the left. The hotel was in a building behind the bank. There was another building between the bank and the hotel which in the 50's was occupied by Dr. Hadlee, an Optometrist. My Dad was a clerk at the hotel for a couple of years in the late 20's. It was owned by Bill and Mabel Ingham.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Nancy Drew  Posted: Wed Jun 15 3:48:40 PM MDT 2011 From: - MN
I recall Dr. Hadley still being around in the 60's...but maybe switched office sites.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Lance Bredvold  Posted: Tue Jul 12 7:27:23 AM MDT 2011 From:
Yes. In the summer of 1965 I visited Miles City and met the gang of mostly educated bachelors who hung out with Howard Anderson at the Miles City Ready Mix. Doc Hadley was around regularly as were Brud Foster, and Glenn Bredvold. Knowing I was heading west, they recommended Highway 95 in Washington (I'm not sure that was the correct number but it follows the Snake River and has that high overlook of Lewiston Idaho). Doc Hadley raved about Morro Bay, California and so I checked that town out as well in my 1964 Mustang. The only time I ever owned a car which turned girls' and guys' heads.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Don Thompson  Posted: Sun Jul 15 9:35:13 PM MDT 2012 From: - AB
My grandfather, Sam Thompson, was a clerk at the Ingham Hotel from the early 1950's until near the end of his life in 1964. Edith Slack was the owner of the hotel. Every Christmas a very tall Christmas tree was erected in the hotel lobby and my grandfather kept a supply of candy canes hanging from its branches which all of us kids reached out from the second story staircase landing to retrieve. Behind the desk was a large telephone switchboard complete with lights, connecting cords, and buzzers which Grandad operated to connect guests with outside callers. The coke machine along the back wall (10 cents) was always filled with the coldest and sweetest cokes I ever drank (Grandad always had a few dimes in his pocket). A large tinted photo of Jesse Stahl, a black cowboy, riding a horse called Glasseye at the Salinas, California rodeo in 1913 hung near the front door. An old large grandfather clock ticked away the hours on the north wall. The lobby furniture was all fine leather and wood. An oilman named Tuffy Ferris had a small office in the lobby. In the basement were a few large rooms which Grandad said were specially reserved for traveling salesmen to display their wares to local merchants. Sometime in the late 1950's, a black couple from back east stopped in Miles City and tried to get a room. Nobody in the other hotels in town would rent then a room. Without a second thought, Grandad rented them a room at the Ingham. In about 1957, my brother, Barry, and I, while snooping around in the basement, discovered that the north wall separating the Ingham from the Miles City Bank consisted at one point of just a series of closely spaced bars. The installers of the bars had set them close enough together to keep any would-be adult bankrobbers from squeezing through from the hotel into the bank. They must never have figured that a couple of skinny 8 year old kids might try to get through. Barry and I made it. Actually, we made it into the large wide open vault inside the bank's basement before we lost our nerve. To this day we often wondered how we might have gotten ahead early in life if only we had found more courage while in that bank vault. With no sign of forced entry, the bank management would have guessed that the robbery could only have come about as a result of "an inside job!"

Unfortunately, both the Ingham Hotel and Miles City Bank as well as the CrossRoads Inn east of town were burned to the ground in the 1970's or early 1980's by a Miles City kid, Pat Cain, who lived just two blocks from our house on the north side of Miles City. Pat spent some time in prison for the arson and I met him years later when he was a grounds keeper at a Billings golf course. Pat died a few years ago.

[This message has been edited by Don Thompson (7/15/2012)]

[This message has been edited by Don Thompson (7/15/2012)]
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Cheryl Gaer-Barlow  Posted: Mon Jul 16 5:31:00 AM MDT 2012 From: - NM
Wow! That was a great story! You painted a picture of it! Thanks!
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Donator Amorette Allison  Posted: Mon Jul 16 8:33:11 AM MDT 2012 From: - MT
Thank you! That was so wonderful. I could hear the clock ticking and smell the old wood and leather in the lobby.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Cindy Stalcup  Posted: Mon Jul 16 11:10:52 AM MDT 2012 From:
Wonderful.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Donator David Schott  Posted: Mon Jul 16 11:36:07 AM MDT 2012 From: - WA
Thanks for the great story. You inspired me to scan this ad from the 1963 "Tourist Edition" of the Miles City Star:



FLICKR PHOTO: 1963 Ingham Hotel Ad, Miles City
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Donator David Schott  Posted: Mon Jul 16 11:43:04 AM MDT 2012 From: - WA
Also want to add that this is the first I have heard of Pat Cain being responsible for the fire at the El Robo building (the former Miles City Bank / Ingham Hotel building).
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Donator Amorette Allison  Posted: Mon Jul 16 1:05:46 PM MDT 2012 From: - MT
TV in the lobby! Wow!
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Donator Dona Stebbins  Posted: Tue Jul 17 2:14:26 PM MDT 2012 From: - MT
Dr. Carden Hadley was a very dear friend of my family. When he left Miles City, he moved to Wenatchee, WA, but always kept in touch with us, especially my mother, Mary Elting, whom he adored. He passed away in 1992, and is still very much missed by our family.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Donator Gunnar Emilsson  Posted: Tue Jul 17 2:36:45 PM MDT 2012 From: - NY
The ashtrays next to the chairs in the lobby confirm the presence of a "Western Atmosphere".
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: nativemc  Posted: Tue Jul 17 3:42:13 PM MDT 2012 From:
I don't believe the cause or person causing the fire was ever discovered. There was some speculation in those days but no proof. I never heard of Pat as a suspect.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Don Thompson  Posted: Wed Sep 12 12:28:44 PM MDT 2012 From: - AB
I was passing on information I had heard through the years. If I was in error, I apologize.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Don Thompson  Posted: Wed Sep 12 2:11:59 PM MDT 2012 From: - AB
David:

I was passing on information that I had heard over 25 years ago. If I am in error, I apologize. I am in the process of trying to edit my story to remove those remarks.
 Subject: RE: Hotel Ingham
Author: Wayne White  Posted: Wed Sep 12 4:18:08 PM MDT 2012 From: - CO
Wow, I got my first pair of glasses from Dr. Hadley, in 1955, even remember going to his office, in or by the Ingham.
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