Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Historic Hotels of the Tri-Counties
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Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Center House at Gillett, South Creek Township, Bradford County PA
Dec. 11, 1914 Troy Gazette-Register
The old hotel building at Gillett owned by Herman Lewis and occupied as a temperance house by E. C. Harkness, burned Monday with nearly all of the contents.  Neither owner nor occupant had any insurance. 

1833-1983 South Creek Sesquicentennial, page 41
Gillett (South Creek Center House) Hotel owned and operated by John F. Gillette. Proprietor 1869 was J. L. Pitt, F. L. Harkness was proprietor in 1900. In 1907 Lee Aber ran it. Heman Lewis owned the hotel when it burned in 1912 [sic]. Earl and Dora Harkness operated it.

According to an 1869 business directory, the South Creek Center House was located on the corner of Main Street and Rail Road Street. These streets are now known as State Route 14 and Thompson Hill Road, respectively. 

Hotel : Center House in Gillett
Township: South Creek Township, Bradford County PA
Burned 1914
Year: ca. 1900-1910 
Postcard submitted by Paul Newell
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I have an old postcard of the Gillett Hotel, a.k.a. South Creek Center House, that was located on the Northeast corner of Route 14 and Thompson Hill Road, in Gillett, Bradford, PA. The hotel is described and pictured in the 1833-1983 South Creek Sesquicentennial booklet and it's also described in a 1914 newspaper article of the Troy-Gazette Register.

The aforementioned postcard was never mailed, i.e., it has no postmark. However, the style and content of my grandfather's writing on the back of the postcard suggests that the postcard was issued in the 1900-1910 timeframe. My grandfather, Lester Newell, Sr., resided in Gillett from about 1905 until 1920.

Incidently, the Gillett store postcard on your Tri-Counties page
is the Dewey Brothers store, later owned and operated by Strong and French; the store's history is also contained in the sesquicentennial booklet.

Paul E. Newell

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