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Gilmore Hotel

By Kitty Meredith


July 09, 2017
Sunday AM

My mother, Mary Patricia Gilmore Fox, told me that she was born in the Gilmore Hotel on October 23, 1905. Her parents, Peter Francis Gilmore and Mary Eleanor Fitzmaurice Gilmore and my mother moved shortly after into a large Victorian house they had built on Grant St., across from Ketchikan School. The house was called “the Irish Castle”. On the front of the house, high up on the tower area, was a large green shamrock.

Peter and Mary (called Molly), raised six children in that house. Two of them, Catherine and Frances, sadly died of diabetes at ages 11 and 12. They are buried, along with their parents, in the Ketchikan graveyard.

All of their children are now deceased. They are survived by three grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

I, their granddaughter Kitty Meredith, am the keeper of our family’s history.

Kitty Meredith
Eugene, Oregon

Received July 04, 2017 - Published July 09, 2017


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