|Grandview Hotel, North Portal, c. 1910 Source|
|North Portal in the winter of 1911; Grandview Hotel on left. Source|
In 1907, after a year with the oil company, Kill decided to take over the Union Hotel in North Portal,
|Union Hotel, c. 1910. Source|
Undeterred, Louis Kill bought the hotel at Alameda, Saskatchewan, about 50 kilometres north of North Portal. He and his family operated the hotel for about three years. The 1911 Canada census shows Kill, age 54, and his wife Anna, age 50, as the hotel proprietors in Alameda. Their 23-year-old son Edward worked as the hotel’s bartender. Annie (25), Vincent (15), and Sylvester (13) as well as four domestics also lived in the hotel.
Opportunity knocked once more for the Kill family due to yet another violent incident in North Portal. In 1914, William Hetherington, owner of the three-storey Grandview Hotel, was convicted of manslaughter in death of Pat Murphy, alias Kelley, alias Denver Blackie. The crime had been committed during a drunken brawl in the bar of the hotel at the end of August. Source Shortly after Hetherington’s sentence to two years’ imprisonment, Louis Kill returned to North Portal and bought the Grandview Hotel.
|Baseball game in North Portal, 1914, with Grandview Hotel in background. Source|
© Joan Champ 2014