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From a September 1897 supplement to the North Vernon Banner Plain Dealer
A Cozy and Popular North Vernon Hostelry
    This homelike and comfortable little hotel has been known to visitors to North Vernon for twenty-four years past, and has gained a name for hospitality, cleanliness and general convenience that bring it a steady and satisfactory trade each year. The Kelly House is situated about one block east of the B.& O. S. W. railroad depot. It contains in all twenty-five rooms, which, though not large, are amply capacious for all requirements. The house is lighted throughout by electricity, and contains numerous evidences of comfort, thoughtfully provided by management which looks constantly to the welfare of guests. The table is provided bountifully at all seasons of the year with the best the market affords, and the service is all that it should be in a hotel that caters to a commercial trade. The owner of the Kelly House is Terence Kelly, who with his wife Maria Kelly, began hotel keeping in North Vernon twenty-four years ago, as above stated. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly are natives of Canada, but left the Dominion many years ago and went to Ohio, from which state they came to Indiana, making their home in North Vernon. The management of the hotel devolves on the Misses Mary and Emma J. Kelly, daughters, the elder of whom was born in Canada, and the younger in Ohio. They were educated in North Vernon, and Miss Emma is a graduate of the High School, class of '87. These ladies have made a study of hotel keeping in its every phase, and have succeeded in making the Kelly House popular with everyone who has passed a night or eaten a meal within its portals.

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