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Ed Ward

Seymour, CT

#1 Jul 2, 2009
I worked for Univac in 1968 and went to training in Ilion.I stayed in a hotel in town with a bar on the lower level.Does anyone remember the location of the hotel? Does the building still exist?

Thanks,
Ilionite

New York, NY

#2 Jul 2, 2009
no, the Ilion Hotel is gone. They did urban renewal and demolished much of the part of downtown Ilion. Was the Hotel on West St? Anyone care to elaborate?

Since: Jun 09

Mohawk Valley

#3 Jul 2, 2009
What about the Red Carpet Inn between Mohawk & Ilion? It had a bar downstairs.
ilionite

New York, NY

#4 Jul 2, 2009
correct redhead,the Red Carpet Inn, which used to be the towpath had a bar on the lower level, but when he stated the name of the Hotle, The Ilion Hotel, and the fact that it was a hotel and not a motel, I assumed he was talking about the actual Ilion Hotel. I think it was on West St?? There were so many streets that are no longer there and I was barely a teen when they started the urban renewal, so I dont remember the streets. The older posters will remember it.
Ed Ward

Seymour, CT

#5 Jul 2, 2009
Thanks for the replies.The Ilion hotel was definitely in town and not a motel.I remember walking a short distance to some retail stores that were on the main street,You shared bathrooms off the hallway.I have nice memories of Ilion the
three months I stayed there.The hotel owner was a great guy abd used to keep the bar open after hours for residents as long as we were spending.It
was not the Towpath or Red Carpet.
Sean C

Piedmont, SC

#6 Jul 2, 2009
Well I'm not sure where it was but your going back along ways when Ilion was a great town I suspect.
Cloverleaf

Boonville, NY

#7 Jul 2, 2009
The Cloverleaf was between Ilion and Frankfort, had a great bar and nice rooms, now it is a really nice apt building.
former Ilionite

AOL

#8 Jul 2, 2009
The Ilion hotel was on Morgan Street.
Dick IV

New York, NY

#9 Jul 3, 2009
The Ilion Hotel was on Morgan St. An old brick building if my memory serves me. I'd have to look into my old photos of downtown.
The hotel building was on the left hand side of Morgan St. heading north. If you turn right into the Slocum Dickson parking lot access road (Old Morgan St.) by the Post Office, the hotel sat about halfway between the Post Office and the back side of Franco's (Old Main St.) on the left. The Legion was across the street behing the PO loading docks. Yellow building.
To the gentleman from CT. Yes, you were very close to the great old stores of the former Ilion downtown.
Ed Ward

Seymour, CT

#10 Jul 3, 2009
I remember Ilion being a nice small twon.The local merchants were friendly and helpful.I remember eating breakfast at the Hungry I, lunch
with the crowd at Winslow's and dinner at the Cloverleaf Bar.they used to have a daily special.I also remember a place in Mohawk where
you could get a large steak at a decent price.I
can't remember the name of the place but the gig was to order the steak well down and the owner/chef would take a fit.All first timers to that restaurant were told to do that.There was also plenty of bars/clubs to visit at night.I was just out of the military for two months when I went to Ilion. It was a nice place.
Concerned Parent

Fishers, NY

#11 Jul 3, 2009
What about the Otsego House, they rented rooms
Ed Ward

Seymour, CT

#13 Jul 4, 2009
I don't remember the Otsego House.I definitely stayed at the Ilion Hotel.When Univac sent us for training they would give us a list of home owners who took in borders.When I got to Ilion I had lunch at a restaurant on the main street and they
pointed me to the Ilion hotel.The room was double occupancy for $20/week.Univac gave us $8 per day
for food and lodging.Half way through the training they gave us rooms at the Utica hotel but
my room mate and I decided to stay at the Ilion hotel.It beat the 10 mile drive to Utica each morning.
ya i did it

Long Eddy, NY

#14 Jul 4, 2009
i think your talking about the otsego house its now a parking lot for Hendricks funeral parlor.that had rooms upstairs but its before my time
Hear ya

Boonville, NY

#15 Jul 4, 2009
Check out this website..... it has tons of old photos of Ilion!

http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/ilion/1904SouvBl...
shakey

West Monroe, NY

#17 Jul 6, 2009
ya i did it wrote:
i think your talking about the otsego house its now a parking lot for Hendricks funeral parlor.that had rooms upstairs but its before my time
Ilion hotel was on morgan street which is where the mall is right now
expatNYC

New York, NY

#18 Jul 9, 2009
I remember them all...
Ilion Hotel, Otsego house, the Black & white, Winslow's, Woods-(now JD's?) Crossways (another survivor), the small saloon on Central Ave where the upholsterer is now... Billis's, Grippe's & thurston's in Frankfort, The valley Tavern? in Mohawk.
Ahh The'Glory days' as Bruce sings. Ilion was simpler & self sustaining then & could support a bunch of small hotels & saloons the small businesses ... bonds sports shop, a music store The apparel store where we bought 'Bomber Jackets' Shoe stores, Powers' news, All these businesses - gone now.
Was it urban renewal when the 19-20th century heart of the ole hometown was gutted for what ... empty stores in a depopulated mall?
How will a town adapt & return & resurrect itself?
Sean C

Lincolnton, NC

#19 Jul 9, 2009
I so much agree with expatNYC. I remember alot about old Ilion as I lived there for 46 years. It was a great town. I decided to move to greenville South Carolina 4 years ago to get away from the winters. Greenville is a great city, it reminds me of Saratoga or a big Cooperstown. I hear it wasn't always a great place but a few people in the local goverment had a vision and it turned out great. I hope Ilion can become a great old town again.
huh in lf

Ithaca, NY

#20 Jul 9, 2009
JD's was owned by the Miller Family for many many years.
ilionite

Fishers, NY

#21 Jul 9, 2009
Do you remember Union St., Grants, Home Service, Best(?)Hardware that burned, Remington Arms Fire-Otsego St. side, Jays Ladies, Fuzzo's gas station, Powers News, Great American where Salvation Army is, P&C where the car dealer is, Montgomery Jewlers, The Hungry Eye,Oneida National Bank, Fays Mall started out as Key Stop Mall-had a square iron piece that had the letters for Key Stop on one side where the gazebo is, Ye Old Dog House, Arthur Treachers Fish and Chips
Sean C

Lincolnton, NC

#22 Jul 9, 2009
Hey ilionite,
I remember most of those places. How about the A&P grocery store where the bank is now on the marina end of town. I use to buy candy at powers when I was a kid.

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