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GUIDE

TO

HOTEL HOUSEKEEPING

BY

MARY E. PALMER

1908

Copyrighted 1908,

BY

MARY E. PALMER

THE TRIBUNE PRINTING CO. Charleston. W. Va.

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CREDIT TO THE HOTEL WORLD.

The greater part of the contents of this book was published, in instalments, in The Hotel World, of Chicago.

A FOREWORD.

My chief purpose in writing this book was to place a few guide posts along the route of hotel housekeepers to warn them against certain errors common to women engaged in the arduous and difficult occupation of keeping house for hotels.

If anything that I have set forth herein shall make the work of hotel housekeepers easier, more inviting, or more efficient, thereby contributing to the satisfaction of proprietors and to the comfort of patrons, I shall feel amply repaid for writing this book.

MARY E. PALMER.

Hotel Ruffner, Charleston, West Va. March 1, 1908.

THE MANAGER AND THE HELP.

The average hotel manager is only too prone to complain of the incompetency and the inefficiency of hotel "help."

It is true that it is difficult to secure skilled help, for there is no sort of institution that trains men and women for the different kinds of hotel work. Each hotel must train its own help, or obtain them from other hotels.

Thus there is no uniform and generally accepted standard of excellence in the different departments of hotel keeping.

A good word should be said in behalf of the Irish American girls, who constitute a majority of the laundry help, waitresses, and chambermaids in American hotels to day.

With a high regard for honor and rectitude, handicapped by poverty, they find employment, at a very early age, in hotels, and perform menial duties in a manner that is greatly to their credit.

The Irish American girls are not shiftless, remaining in one place for years until they either marry or leave to fill better positions, which is the privilege of every one living under the "Stars and Stripes."

Some improve their spare time in study, thereby fitting themselves to become stenographers and bookkeepers. Some adopt the stage as a profession, one instance being that of Clara Morris, who takes delight in telling of the days when she washed silver in a hotel.

An ex Governor Peeled Potatoes.

Ex Governor Hoard, of Wisconsin, boasts of the time when he peeled potatoes in a hotel.

The success of hotel keeping depends largely on the manager. He should possess patience, forbearance, and amiability. He should know that the best results are obtained from his help by kindness, and that good food and good beds mean better service.

The manager should realize that the working force of a hotel is like the mechanism of a clock: it has to be wound occasionally and set going. No novice can operate this wonderful piece of mechanism; it requires a skilled mechanic.

The proprietor of a hotel should be a good loser; for there are periods of the year when the employes outnumber the guests, and the balance sheet shows a heavy loss.

One of the most successful hotel men of the writer's acquaintance is Mr. Louis Reibold, formerly of the Bates House (now the Claypool), Indianapolis, Ind. Mr. Reibold's fame rests in his liberal, kindly treatment of his help. He never called them "help," but always referred to them as "employes." Reception, reading, and writing rooms were furnished for their use, and he himself saw that good food was provided and that the tables were spread with clean, white table cloths once a day.

He remembered his employes at Christmas, each one receiving a gold coin, some as much as $20.

When a girl in his employ lost her arm in a mangle, he presented her with a house and lot, provided her with ample means to furnish the house and to keep her the remainder of her lifetime.

Mr. Reibold is a multi millionaire, and he has the admiration and love of every woman and man that ever worked for him.

FEEDING AND ROOMING THE HELP.

Employes, such as housekeepers, clerks, cashiers, stenographers, stewards though few stewards use the privilege and bartenders, are permitted to take their meals in the main dining room... Continue reading book >>




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