Hotel Man Dies After Sickness

by Laurel | December 9th, 2013

Former Hotel Jess, Dwight St.

Perkins Building, Former Hotel Jess, Dwight St. built sometime around 1872-1875.
Photograph © L. Lafford

11 December 1933

James F. Jess Was Well Known in State Fraternal Societies

Holyoke, Dec. 10 — James F. Jess, for 27 years the proprietor of the Hotel Jess and widely known in Western Massachusetts among hotel men, died tonight at his home, 41 Fairfield Avenue, after a few days illness. He was a member of the Holyoke Lodge of Elks, division 5, A.O.H. and the Holy Name Society of Holy Cross Church. Before going into the hotel business he had operated a saloon at one time.

Mr. Jess was born in Hartford, Connecticut, coming to Holyoke when two years old. He attended the Christian Brothers School in Chicopee, and the Childs Business School of this city. Besides his widow Margaret, he leaves two daughters, Margaret at home and Mary K., teacher in the Springdale School; three brothers, William, George, and Michael of Holyoke and three sisters, Mary and Mrs. W. F. Brady of this city and Mrs. W. R. Stapleton of West Haven, Connecticut. The funeral will be held at the home Wednesday morning at 9:15, followed by a solemn high requiem mass at Holy Cross Church at 10:00. Burial will be in St. Jerome Cemetery.

— Springfield Republican.

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