I believe you have done a wonderful service by taking these photos – shows the old Waldo as well as the tattered Waldo.
In 1945 my father and I took a train from Washington, D. C. to Clarksburg to visit my Great Uncle Melvin G. Sperry. He had an apartment in the Waldo Hotel, so that is where we stayed. I don’t know when he moved into the hotel but he lived there until February 4, 1954, when he died. He is buried in the Elkview Masonic Cemetery not far from the hotel. He had a valet/chauffer that took care of everything that he needed. My father and I visited him in his apartment. They sat in chairs and talked while I sat on the prickly sofa and listened. The only part of the discussion that I understood and remember was about whether the world was really flat. I believe Uncle Melvin took that side of the discussion. We visited his law offices in the Empire building. His secretary was Ora Bowers. She lived on Sea Street in Clarksburg. Captain Sperry and my grandfather were law partners until my grandfather died in 1930.
I don’t remember our room at the Waldo but I do remember having breakfast at a table overlooking the lobby. I could look down and watch the people walking around. For part of my breakfast I had a grapefruit. It was the first time I ever had one with a maraschino cherry in the center.
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