I am searching for any information about the family of James A. Rea, who owned and operated the Empire House Hotel at 107 Main Street in Oshkosh from about 1868 to 1870. Prior to this, he owned a livery stable on Kansas Street in Oshkosh from about 1857. I am interested in any information about James A. Rea, his family, or the Empire House Hotel. Incidentally, I have a list of the residents of the Empire House, from June, 1870. It contains the following names:
Domestic servants: Ann Connor, 18, from Wisconsin; Elizabeth Kelly, 30, Ireland; Bertha Kisler, 18, Prussia; Mary Murphy, 20, Wisconsin; Margaret ?, 19, Wisconsin; Lizzie Neary, 16, Wisconsin; Angeline Pitts, 58, New York; Eveline Rice, 17, Wisconsin; Aynes Shekey, 18, Wisconsin; Gertrude Palmer, 16, Denmark; Anna Blinkney, 19, Prussia; Sara Murphy, 20, Wisconsin; Tena D. Ammson, 21, Denmark; and Marcia Oved, 22, of Denmark.
Porters: Adam Warner, 25, Wisconsin; Giddiny Young, 23, Wisconsin; and James Hanigan, 25, from England.
Guests: Edmond C. Atkinson, 31, a community college teacher from Maine; an unemployed 82-year-old man from Virginia named John Barber (possibly Lucinda Rea's father, who was born c. 1791 in Maryland), Robert H. Burmslin, 24, a store clerk from Prussia; James Byrne, 25, an Irish-born lawyer; Horace Bedunt, 28, a tinner (tinsmith) from New York; William L. Church, 22, a railroad baggageman from New York; Henry C. Ferguson, 23, a shoe salesman from Maine; Frank Follet, 31, a lumber clerk from Wisconsin; Emmet Ford, 18, a shoe store clerk from New York; William Galloway, 60, a brick mason from New York; Martin Halman, 30, railroad baggageman from Ireland; Gregory Flynn, 38, an auctioneer from Ireland; John A. Millan, 37, a lumberman from New York; Michael O'Rourke, 25, a lumberman from New York; Oilver F. Swift, 30, a grocer from Ireland; Henry Swab, 25, a bar keeper from Prussia; Charles Schriver, 30, a bank clerk from Prussia; Melvin Thomas, 38, a lumberman from Maine; Aaron B. Wright, 51, a physician from Pennsylvania; Charles B. Waterhouse, 28, a bus driver [horse drawn] from New York; James A. Lowell, 21, a shoe store clerk from Canada, and Amos Arnold, 25, a railroad brakeman from Illinois.
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