Corvallis Gazette-Times from Corvallis, Oregon on December 21, 1970 · 36
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Corvallis Gazette-Times from Corvallis, Oregon · 36

Corvallis, Oregon
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Monday, December 21, 1970
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B-12 Gxttt-Tlmt Corv.lllt, Or., Monday, Dtcambar 21 1970 t - . i ': ) .i f ! C r ' I -71? , 1 j : ,-1 rT 7l : -ti 1. ' . "1 i .As A- : " r t -. -J .if1 1 - . . ,w n, " CMII v . . k m idhav -v m m m mm m m - m m a i i . 1 i j i ,V I MONEY-BACK S I J' Uftwuraw110" I 19 IN BUSINESS AGAIN The Baker Hotel, a landmark overlooking the Baker valley for 40 years, has been reopened and again is attracting large numbers of people. ' , (AP) Remodeled Landmark At Baker Does Brisk Business As Hotel By BOB PFOHMAN For ASSOCIATED PRESS BAKER - While the seven-story Sacajawea Hotel was being torn down in La Grande last summer, workmen 44 miles to the south In Baker -were preparing the nine-story Baker Hotel for reopening. Now, more than three months since its reopening,, the Baker Hotel is doing a brisk business. It had faced the fate of other hotels that once were famed in their areas but gradually deteriorated, were unable to cope with changing times, and finally stood as empty landmarks. But the Baker's main dining room and lounge now are crowded each evening with local residents and tourists and the convention and meeting trade is growing. More than 60 banquets,, ranging from 25 to 150 persons, are on the books for December alone. The decision to reopen the Baker Hotel, closed for more than a year, was made early this year by Lyle Laeger and Lloyd Dinger, partners in a Baker real estate firm. They bought the building from Cuyler Iightball, a local businessman, who had bought it at a foreclosure sale in the late 1960s. , "The hotel was just sitting there like a tombstone," Laeger said. "Without question it is the largest and finest building in all Baker. We believe it is a good investment. Since real estate is our business and we're selling 1 nBaker County, we figured it would serve a mutual Interest to reopen the hotel. Hiey made many major changes and still more are planned, both In the interior arrangement and in the way the hotel will be operated. "We won't be able to call It a hotel when we finish," Laeger said. "Only 11 rooms on the second floor will be available for nightly rentals." The rest of the, hotel's 82 rooms are being converted to 22 one- and two-bedroom apartments to rent in the range of $130 to $20 a month. "Already we've had twice as many applications as we'll have apartments," Laeger said, adding the remodeling was . to be completed by spring. . The lower floors have been leased to Dan Verges who has i n s t a 1 1 e d a bar and restaurant. He also has the Frontier Room in Lakeview. The remodeling Included putting a ceiling across the old banquet room, creating space for 250 diners on the second floor. The former lobby was converted to a small dining room. More than 500 persons attended the grand reopening in the main ballroom. : "For something that sat here dormant for 21 months, we've had an enthusiastic response," Laeger said. The Baker was originally owned by local residents. It opened in 1929,' before . the stock market crash, and the local ownership was an important factor in its success. . Leo Adler, Baker magazine distributor and one of the original . stockholders, says the Baker unlike the Sacajawea and Marcus Whitman which were built In this region at the same time repaid stockholders their original investment and returned a dividend, too. When national conventions came to Baker, local women's clubs volunteered to help out in the kitchen. And the hotel had a reputation as the finest place to dine , in Eastern Oregon. Beginning in the 1940s a series- of ownership changes progressively diminished its popularity. Finally it went up for sale at a U.S. marshal's mortgage foreclosure auction- and Lighthall bought It He kept it open during Paramount's filming of "Paint Your Wagon," which brought a large number of movie workers to the city, then closed it Jan. 1, 1969. . That was the end until Laeger and Dinger bought it and began their remodeling program which has included all new wiring, new plumbing fixtures, new carpeting on the lower floor, a new roof and new stone facing on the lower exterior. -, ' The Baker cost $275,000 to build. The new owners have already put $83,000 Into remodeling and say another $100,000 will be spent, to complete the work. The hotel's reopening has been a sharp, morale-boosting change from the business closures that have confronted Baker in recent months. The word "love" has been hurled at us sa many times, sometimes we don't even hear it any more. The fact remains, Love is what the world needs now. And it needs a lot of it. But not "Love" on a poster. Or on a button. It's good-hearted, hard-minded acts of love the world needs. Acts of concern. Acts of respect for other human beings. Acts of creatively changing the world around us for the better. Send for our free booklet, "How One Town Put Its Faith To Work." , ' It tells you how a group of ordinary people In an ordinary town turned things around. All because they wanted to Jive the commandment: "Love your neighbor," It just might bring love back in style. Religion in American Life, 475 Fifth Avenue New York, New York 10017 Please send me your free booklet, To Work." j Addresj I City State '. Name. I I "How One Town Put IU Faith t I I -Zip- Publiihtd a public twice In cooperation with The Advtrtiiing Council, Rtlljion in American lilt and the Inttrnatlonal Nawtpapar Advertising Cxtcutives. ONE GALLON PLASTIC CONTAINER WOODEN SALT & PEPPER Salt (halctr, poppor mill in groan, orange, and yellow OUR REG. 1.47 WITH ANTI-LEAK FORMULA GAL ' with any purchase of 3.00 or over. M LUGGAGE NEW AQUARIUS FROM AIRWAY 21" WEEKENDER W 14.88 list 18.88 34.00 24"WARDROBE 24.88 COSMETIC CASE 2ust . . 13.88 Very durable in green, gold ft bhie V 24 IN. 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