Looking for information on the Charlie Kempster family of Placer Co. California.
Charles [Charlie] Kempster. b Dec 1877 Audubon, Iowa son of John & Mary Kempster.
1900 United States Federal Census, Name: Charles Kerupster, [Charles Kempster] , Home in 1900: Township 4, Placer, California, Age: 27, Birth Date: Dec 1877, Birthplace: Iowa, Race: White, Ethnicity: American, Relationship to head-of-house: Boarder, Father's Birthplace: England, Mother's Birthplace: Germany, Marital Status: Single, Residence : Township 4, Placer, California,
around 1905-10 he married S Lois Trousdale age 14 in 1900. b Nov 1885 Colfax, CA
Lois was the daughter of Fred TROUSDALE and Minnie Mallows and the granddaughter of Charlotte SPIKE (1838- (after 1900)
and James B TROUSDELL of Frontenac County, Ontario.
Excerpted from Dutch Flat: A Collection of Anecdotes and Photographs
If it were not for Lois Trousdale Kempster this account would never have been made. Lois is my oldest acquaintance in Dutch Flat for it was shorly after the Kempsters purchased the Dutch Flat Hotel that my parent chose the spot as a summer watering place, and each summer thereafter until they purchased a home here we vacationed at the hotel. From 1872 until 1912 the hotel was operated by Lois’ grandparents, Ed and Mary Mallows, with Mrs. Mallows continuing the operation after her husband’s death. Mrs. Mallows died in 1912. A family named Dill ran the hotel for a time after that and then a Mrs. Melarkey rented it for use as a boarding house.
Prohibition came along and no one wanted to chance the hotel without the bar and that is how Lois and her husband Charles came to acquire the property. Leasing at first, Lois and Charley eventually bought the hotel and proved that a successful operation could exist without the sale of liquor. The hotel became a popular resort and most of their customers were well to do bay area families on extended vacations.
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Lois, continued from Page 4
Lois is considered a Dutch Flat native, although she was born in Colfax. “I went to Colfax to be born and came back as soon as possible,” she agreed. The reason for this, she said, was that her Grandmother Mallows, in addition to her demanding job as proprietress of the hotel — at that time it contained 63 rooms, to say nothing of a 300-place dining room — also suffered from asthma so Lois’ mother, Minnie, was taken to Colfax to await the blessed event at the home of her husband Fred’s parents.
Many of the recollections here were obtained from Lois as were most of the photographs.
I would like to include any issue in the Spike family tree.
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