Stump Hotel has First Player-Piano in 1914

(08/28/2002)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 4/9/1914.

A player-piano installed in the Stump hotel last week is attracting a good deal of attention.  It is the first one to come to this town and as a form of amusement goes ahead of them all.

Vernon C. Kelley, of the Clarksburg branch of the Stieff Piano company, has placed, since his first trip here, pianos in homes of Sheriff R. J. Knotts, J. M. Hamilton, Mrs. Belle Jeffreys, G. S. Smith, Fred Pell, A.B. Harris, W. R. Stalnaker, and C. A. Jarvis.  Mr. Kelley has achieved considerable success here and all of his customers are well pleased with their pianos.