J. Boyd Pantlind

   
   
J. BOYD PANTLIND
, one of the most popular hotel men in the United States and former proprietor of the Morton and Pantlind Hotels, of Grand Rapids, was born January 30, 1851, at Norwalk, Ohio. During the Civil war his uncle, A. V. Pantlind, one of the famous hotel keepers of that day, took charge of the Michigan Central Railroad eating houses at Marshall, Niles and Jackson, Michigan. These eating houses, under the efficient management of the senior Pantlind, became very popular, and J. Boyd, who was then hardly more than a boy (fourteen years old), came to Michigan to assist his uncle. At this time dining cars on railroads were unheard of, and the traveling public ate in hotels and restaurants. Several years later A. V. Pantlind came to Grand Rapids, where he and Farnham L. Lyon became the landlords of the Morton House. This hostelry occupied the site of the old National Hotel, which was burned in 1872. When the Morton House opened its doors, October 12, 1874, J. Boyd Pantlind acted as bell boy, porter and clerk. In this manner he received an excellent training in the art of hospitality and learned all details of the hotel business. In about 1891 J. Boyd Pantlind became sole proprietor of this hotel, through the death of his uncle and through the purchase of Mr. Lyon’s interest in the enterprise. The Morton House acquired an excellent reputation throughout the state because of the excellent reputation throughout the state because of the excellence of its food and service. It also became known as a lively social center, and many prominent persons were guests and hosts to the friends there. Later Mr. Pantlind assumed the management of the old Sweet Hotel, which he remodeled and renamed the Pantlind. This hostelry also won an excellent patronage, and in 1915, after he had agreed to manage the same, the new million-dollar Pantlind Hotel was erected. He was also made president of the Pantlind Hotel Company, and held that position at the time of his death. He also, for several years, operated the Ottawa Beach Hotel, and greatly increased the patronage of that famous institution. Mr. Pantlind was a man of wide interests and exceptional abilities. He was a director in the Grand Rapids National Bank, the Grand Rapids Railway and the Grand Rapids Gas and Light Company; also of the Michigan Trust Company and the People’s Savings Bank. In recognition of his efforts in establishing the Grand Rapids Furniture Market, which annually draws thousands of buyers from all parts of the country, Mr. Pantlind was made a life member of the furniture Manufacturers’ Association. He was also a director of the West Michigan State Fair and president of the Michigan Hotel Keepers’ Association. He was a charter member of the Grand Rapids Board of Trade and the Peninsular and Kent Country Clubs. He was a member of the Masons, the DeWitt Clinton Consistory, Saladin Temple and DeMolay Commandery, Knights Templar. Though he was a consistent Republican, at no time did he take an active part in any political campaign. He held but one public office, that of cemetery commissioner, and resigned before the end of his term. He married, on April 14, 1880, Jessie Louise Aldrich, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Moses V. Aldrich. Mr. Pantlind died at his home on College avenue, S. E., December 25, 1922, leaving his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Katherine Lockwood, and a son, Fred Z. Pantlind, who succeeded him as manager of the Pantlind Hotel. Two sisters, Mrs. Edmund Dickey, of Lancaster, Ohio, and Mrs. Fred Aldrich, of Grand Rapids, also survive. J. Boyd Pantlind is mourned not only by his family but by his thousands of warm friends in all parts of the United States and Canada. Few men have possessed a more kindly and engaging personality than he. At the annual meeting of the Pantlind Hotel Company the following resolutions were unanimously adopted: "The span of human life, measured by years, has brought us again to the parting with one of our best loved fellowmen who has passed to the protecting presence of Him whose kingdom is everlasting, and whose dominion endureth forever. His span of life, however, in the memory of his thousands of friends, will live on in this community where he will ever be remembered ‘as one who loved his fellowmen’ and in this virtue his name ‘led all the rest." The memory of his deeds of cheerfulness, kindness, helpfulness and encouragement will enshrine his name in the hearts of all and will be a blessed heritage to his children and his children’s children. He has left to his descendants the greatest gift that any man can leave, an untarnished reputation and the memory of a life well lived. We, the undersigned associated directors with J. Boyd Pantlind in his business, extend to his bereaved widow and family our very sincere sympathy and condolences in this day of their affliction, and beg to express to them our appreciation of his many virtues and our very great sorrow in his death. Wm H. Anderson, Robert Irwin, Claude, Hamilton, Dudley E. Waters, Albert Stickley, Charles R. Sligh, Clay H. Hollister."


Transcriber: Evelyn Sawyer
Created: 21 June 2002
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