Early Colborne Businesses
Brunswick Hotel
Postcard of Brunswick House, Colborne
Postcard of Brunswick House, Colborne Details
The early years of the Brunswick Hotel are well documented in these photographs and are really central to telling the story of this institution in Colborne. The Brunswick Hotel was located in the Simmons Block on King Street East and occupied three floors of one side of the block.
Photograph of the interior of Brunswick Hotel, Colborne, Cramahe Township
Photograph of the interior of Brunswick Hotel, Colborne, Cramahe Township Details
Interior photographs of hotels from this period are quite rare. These photos of the interior of the Brunswick Hotel are an important glimpse into the daily activities of a hotel establishment circa 1900. The reception area was tucked into the side of the entry way. Note the electric light bulb hanging on a wire over the reception desk.
Photograph of the interior of Brunswick Hotel bar room, Colborne, Cramahe Township
Photograph of the interior of Brunswick Hotel bar room, Colborne, Cramahe Township Details
This image likely dates to prior to prohibition in the 1920s. The barroom was festooned with advertisements that promoted indulgence in drink and smoking. The bar itself was substantial in size and one that was meant to be stood at by patrons so that gentlemen could indulge but not for an extended period of time.
Photograph of Brunswick Hotel and Keeler House, Colborne, Cramahe Township
Photograph of Brunswick Hotel and Keeler House, Colborne, Cramahe Township Details
This photo probably show a mix of individuals - townspeople, hotel residents, guests, and the hotel's bartender. Just slightly visible in the photo is a woman who appears on one of the hotel's balconies.
Photograph of Brunswick Hotel, Cramahe Township
Photograph of Brunswick Hotel, Cramahe Township Details
The photo shows the Brunswick Hotel displaying banners that memorialize the South African War / Second Boer War (1899-1902). The names of several Cramahe men - Brown, Cockburn, Cameron and Willoughby - who died in battle appear on some of these banners. Other banners reference military actions - Paardeberg, Pretoria, and Belfast - that took place during those years.
1903 advertisement, The Enterprise of East Northumberland, Brunswick Hotel, Colborne
1903 advertisement, The Enterprise of East Northumberland, Brunswick Hotel, Colborne Details
1903 advertisement, The Enterprise of East Northumberland, Brunswick Hotel, Colborne
1903 advertisement, The Enterprise of East Northumberland, Brunswick Hotel, Colborne Details
A 1903 edition of the Enterprise of East Northumberland newspaper had two notices that reference the Brunswick Hotel and events held there. The hotel held banquets for annual dinners such as those for the Squadroons of the 3rd Dragoon. The hotel parlour also acted as a consultation space for travelling salesmen and professionals - in this case, a visiting eye specialists.
1904 portrait photograph of George L. Shaffer, Hotel Brunswick, Colborne businessmen, Cramahe Township
1904 portrait photograph of George L. Shaffer, Hotel Brunswick, Colborne businessmen, Cramahe Township Details
George Shaffer of the Brunswick Hotel was one of 35 Colborne men photographed to create a group portrait of prominent businessmen in 1904. Shaffer purchased the Cummings house, a red brick Ontario Regency style cottage, in 1912, and lived there for nine years. Noah Snetsinger has been described as the proprietor of the Brunswick Hotel circa 1903.
Photograph of Brunswick Hotel, Colborne, Cramahe Township
Photograph of Brunswick Hotel, Colborne, Cramahe Township Details
Arnold Warren's recollection of Colborne businesses during the 1920s included the Brunswick Hotel. He wrote that: "The last business on this block was the Brunswick Hotel, at one time called the Wolfraim Hotel after an owner. A wide hall ran back from the front entrance with the lobby on the right and the old bar behind the lobby. The bar was not then in use. I grew up in the days of the Ontario Temperance Act. A wide staircase with metal treads led from the left side of the hall to the upper floors. Behind the staircase was the dining room and kitchens. The hotel, at that time, was more residential than a haven for a itinerants."
Warren's last statement about the Brunswick Hotel is perhaps the most interesting because it suggests that a number of people lived there as full time residents. Living in hotels in large cities was a fairly common practice during that time period so small town hotels must have also seen a demand for this service. Single men likely made up the bulk of this particular population.
Photograph of bike parade in front of Brunswick Hotel, Colborne, Cramahe Township
Photograph of bike parade in front of Brunswick Hotel, Colborne, Cramahe Township Details
Photograph of Billie Martin, Brunswick Hotel, Cramahe Township
Photograph of Billie Martin, Brunswick Hotel, Cramahe Township Details
This photo may date to the 1940s and shows that the Brunswick had a business sign and that the hotel partnered with an advertiser - Coca Cola - to identify itself. It is not known exactly when the Brunswick ceased operating as a hotel, but it may have ran as late as the mid 1960s.
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