William Routley [ 1831 (Approx.) - ]

  • Hotel 1882 - 1886
  • Tavern 1871-1872 (Approx.) - 1878 (Approx.)

The 1871 census lists a 40 year-old William Routly [sic] “living private”, yet he also appears as a tavern keeper in Lovell’s Province of Ontario Directory for 1871. He was the owner of the “roughly kept” Victoria Hotel when it burned in January 1878.

By 1882 Routley began construction of another hotel on the same site that became the North American Hotel [FFG 16 Sept 1882; 2 : 27 Jan 1883 ;2]. Although delayed by the lack of men and materials [FFG 14 Oct 1882; 2], the hotel was completed by late January and leased to Aaron and Henry Brooks [FFG 25 Nov 1882; 2: 27 Jan 1883; 2]. In July Routley built a summer kitchen and a driving shed [FFG 21 July 1883; 2]. The following summer Henry Brooks sold the business to Joseph McLaughlin [FFG 16 Aug 1884; 2]. The hotel was burned on the early morning of Monday December 28th, 1885 and nothing was left but part of the walls [FFG 2 Jan 1886; 2]. Routley sold the property and remaining buildings to Joseph McArthur in June 1886. “[McArthur] got the property cheap as the lot is a large one and there are stables, sheds, a stone foundation, and a great deal of bricks thereon” [FFG 18 June 1886; 6]. Routley then disappears from the directories but appears to have retained business interests in Fenelon Falls; George Goodhand purchased a livery business from Routley in the spring of 1889. He is not listed in the 1891 Census.

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