Columbia Hotel advertisment, Spokane Falls, 1880

 

Columbia Hotel, Spokane Falls Directory 1880.jpg

Spokane Falls, WA directory, 1890

 

Ellsworth Porter Gillette (1861-1896) was the proprietor of the Columbia Hotel in Spokane, Washington. He was the uncle of Chester Ellsworth Gillette (1883-1908), who was executed for the murder of Grace Brown.  Chester Gillette was the prototype of the character Clyde Griffiths in Theodore Dreiser’s novel An American Tragedy.

 

— posted by Roger W. Smith

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