The following, transcribed by Amy Feldner Lawlor, has been reprinted from the Warwick Valley Dispatch May 20, 1903 issue.
Will Open Fri., May 29; Furnishings Completed This Week; Over Thirty Rooms Rented; Mr. Bartlett Expects Quite a Crowd on Decoration Day
On Fri., May 29, the Red Swan Inn will be open to entertain guests. Over 30 rooms have been rented for the season, many of them from the first of June till October and applications are being received with every mail. Mr. Bartlett rented several rooms in one day last week, all of them being the highest priced rooms in the house, with private baths, averaging fifty dollars a week for two people in a room.
All of the people who come from the city to engage rooms agree that the Inn is thoroughly up to date and especially attractive for the patronage that is willing to pay good money for first-class accommodations.
The furniture for the parlors is being unpacked today. It is of mahogany, with rich velvet upholstery. The dining room is finished in two shades of yellow on walls and ceilings and presents a very cool and inviting appearance. Twenty-five tables are set in the main dining hall, which will accommodate 100 guests at a sitting. The capacity of the room can be increased by at least 20 settings without crowding.
The heavy timbers in the assembly room are stained a dark chestnut brown with silver gray spaces between. The effect is pleasing to the eye. Many of the bedrooms have been papered to match the rugs and beds on the second floor.
Manager C.H. Bennett of the Electric Light Company has nearly finished his lighting contract. The wires will be tested out tomorrow and everything will be in shape for a grand illumination on Friday night. The assembly hall is lighted by cleverly contrived chandeliers under shades of copper and celluloid and imported Austrian fringe. Tiny shades that glisten and shimmer with reddish-golden gleams adorn the lamps on the sidewalk and stairways.
Miss Anna Walling has nearly finished a commission to paint fifty quaint steins for the Inn. We are not informed whether they will be used in the café for serving imported Milwaukee beer of if they will grace the tables of the dining hall filled with milder beverages. At any rate they will no doubt get many an order from guests of the hotel to paint duplicates as souvenirs.
Mr. J.H. Smith of Middletown, who furnished the carpets, will send a man to lay them today and the curtains will be hung by one of Losler’s men tomorrow.
Many pretty photogravures and etchings are being hung on the walls. Mr. Bartlett, who is a connoisseur in matters of art, has a fine collection of oil paintings that he will hang about the hotel and purposes to make the hallway of the second floor a veritable art gallery.
Manager Bartlett expects his help to arrive next Monday and Tuesday. There will be fifty employees at the hotel, including clerk bell boys, bookkeeper, waiters, chef, cooks, bakers, and maids. Of these sixteen are colored waiters. The cooks are all men, four in number, including the chef, second cooks, roast cook, and vegetable cook. An expert baker, a colored woman who has served in some of the best hotels in the country, will report for duty Thursday.
The golf grounds are all in perfect condition, except that the drought has prevented the sprouting of grass seed in some places. A little rain before the hotel opens will green the meadows finely.
Quite a party from Middletown and Brooklyn are expected at the Inn for Decoration Day.