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Hotel Browning

(Grand Rapids Herald, Monday, June 3, 1918)

New Managers of Browning

While the ownership underwent no change, the active management of the Browning hotel passed into other hands Saturday afternoon.

Alvah Brown, manager of the hostelry since its opening about a year ago, gives way to Robert E. Jones, Little Rock, Arkansas, a hotel man of many years experience. The latter will conduct the Browning on the family apartment plan, and is contemplating many internal changes. He has leased the property for five years at a rental said to be about $30,000 a year.

Mr. Jones and his wife, with their son, Raymond E. Jones, and his wife, will be in active charge of the hotel. Mr. Jones will be manager, Mrs. Jones will take personal supervision of the "house" management, while young Mr. Jones will be in charge of the office. Miss Lois C. Jones, a daughter, will assist in a general way.

The new proprietor was formerly in charge of the "Frederica", a family apartment hotel at Little Rock, Arkansas, built especially for him. This was continued for five years. He then took charge of the "Sterling", a family hotel of 216 apartments at St. Louis, Missouri. Since disposing of that property he has been searching for a desirable location, and the Browning hotel came under his attention. After considerable negotiation the Browning hotel proprietors decided to least the property, and the deal was closed Saturday. Mr. Jones is now in active charge of the hotel.

The Browning hotel was built about a year ago, under direction of Alvah Brown, who organized the Browning Hotel Company. He directed the destinies of the institution up until Saturday, and in the year of its history the hotel has a record of never having one empty apartment. Mr. Brown remains as president and Treasurer of the company, and David A. Warner as secretary.

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Created: 6 April 2007