My family owned the DI for quite a few years. Dad bought it in 1963 I do believe, my brother took it over in 1979, I think and ran it for 10 years or so. I have alot of fond memories growing up their, we moved from a farm in Penn. and it was culture shock, Clarkie would say we didn't know what shoes were until me moved to Hancock. I remember the passenger trains, the Phoebe Snow, bringing folks into town on a summer day to spent a weekend or more, we meant some pretty interesting people in our child hood. Hancock was a pretty busy place in those times. I remember them tearing down the Hancock House for a food store, another landmark hotel. The DI had a double balcony on it until the train hit it in 67 or 68 Dad just put a single balcony back on it, we would sit up their and enjoy looking at the village and surronding mountain sides. Any other stories and or memories would be nice, When we moved to the Hotel we all had rooms on the 3rd floor, their always was this discussion which floor we were really on and how you counted them, but we were on the 3rd. My brother Gerry and I had room 18 facing up front st,and we had a balcony window, could sneek out at nite when a train went by, oh the 3:oo was always on time. O ne of the great things that came along with the place was Earl Swartwout and his son Junnie, Earl worked cleaning the place after the bar closed, he'd start at 3 am and the place would be spotless, Junnie became like one of the family. Its a sad time with the DI gone, I'll miss going through Hancock and not naking sure I go by the DI......
“It was very fortunate that no one perished in the fire.”
A midnight blaze destroyed a 150-year-old Hancock landmark overnight Sunday and left two men injured. via Daily Star
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#21 Sep 24, 2008
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#22 Oct 5, 2008
Hello , I am very sorry to say that the DI was burned to the ground. Nothing is left, there is no sign of it ever being there. I pass by and always look, hoping never to forget it's picture in my head. Good luck with your family tree.
#23 Sep 24, 2016
I have worked in DI in summer of 2001 and lived there as well in the apartment on the 4th floor. Nobody mentions it here but the place was haunted. I have personally had a few experiences there.
#24 Feb 26, 2017
I saw it burn from our bedroom window.It was unreal.There was a domestic fight on a floor in a room and someone lit the place on fire.So the paper read.Businesses around the area have mysteriously burned over the years.Times are hard,people are desperate.
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