The Continental Hotel in the News

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The Continental Hotel in the News

Posted on 01 July 2010 by lem

Linda Banger, Unionville (MO) High School Class of 1963 had such a great time that she wrote an article for her town’s newspaper.

The Continental Hotel in Centerville was the site of an “off-year” reunion of the Unionville High School Class of 1963, Sat., June 19.

Those attending the first “biennial” class reunion included Floyd and Janice Fowler, Centerville; Don Scalf, Dallas, Ga., Jack and Shirley Riggs, Independence, Mo., Tony and Rose Knight, Numa, Ia., David and Vivian Clark, Centerville, Roger Dye, Denver, Colo., Melba (Pickering) Adkins, Lake Ozark, Mo., Jerry and Mary Ann Johnson, Blue Springs, Mo., Virginia (Swiger) Skipper, Kingwood, Texas, Jack and Marilyn Guffey, Powersville, Mo., Bob and Linda (Pickett) Banger, Burfordville, Mo. Bethany Banger, St. Louis, Mo., Linda (Freeborn) and Gary Crouse, Jeri and Lynn McKinley, Kathy (Stewart) Robison, Gary and Deloris Jarman, and Jack and Phyllis Pickering, all of Unionville.

Two couples, Jack and Shirley Riggs, and Jack and Phyllis Pickering, were also celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries.

A buffet of varieties of great appetizers was served at 6 p.m. following the social hour. Entertainment for the evening included each class member being given an 8×10 black and white photo of the May 1959 Eighth Grade Graduation of the rural students of Putnam County. “Your job tonight is to help ID the kids in this picture taken on the west side of the courthouse,” Linda Banger announced to the group as she passed out the photos.

There followed a flurry of table-hopping, consulting a yearbook, heads put together in concentration and memories being tapped of mud roads, the bookmobile, softball games, favorite teachers, hairstyles, dress styles, the anxiety of taking the eighth grade examination, the thrill of holding a brand new piece of chalk and the sound it made on the blackboard, the pictures hanging over blackboards in many rural schools, the smell of sweeping compound…..Many memories and comments were voiced – laughter, friendly arguments, squeals of recognition, and some quiet moments as memories wandered back 51 years. Schools having problems with budgets in 2010? They might take a look and a lesson to the tools of teaching in one room country schools and the citizens those small schools turned out.

Nearly all of the eighth grade graduating class of 1959 and some of the teachers were identified. Thank you to Mitzi Clinkenbeard Knight for sharing the graduation photo which was recopied and given out. Incidentally, Mitzi was the valedictorian in 1959.

The next reunion of the Unionville High School Class of 1963 will see them celebrating 50 years and is planned for 2013.

Photos of the class reunion will be posted on the website of The Continental Hotel. The website is www.thecontinental.info/. Links to The Continental’s Twitter and Facebook pages may also be found on the website.

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On Friday night before the dinner at the Continental, Gene and Shirley Crawford hosted a “luau” at their home for Shirley’s high school classmates and other friends. Hawaiian music, tropical decorations, and leis and other party favors were featured.

It was a hot, sultry evening with threatening skies, but there was plenty of food, music, karaoke, laughter and catching up, all hallmarks of the Crawford’s hospitality.

Thank you to Shirley and Gene for their hard work in preparing for the group, and for the food, fun, laughter and memories they provide.

LB

Amenities in The Continental Hotel and Restaurant

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Executive Suites

» Lovely views of the Town Square and Courthouse
» Generous Closet Space
» Free cable TV
» Sound resistant construction
» Free laundry services on each floor
» Full Kitchens in all units
» Full bathrooms in all units
» Auxiliary ceiling heaters in bathrooms
» Handicapped units available
» Mini blinds

Amenities

The Continental Restaurant and Supportive Lifestyle:

» Individually controlled air conditioning
» New tilt-in windows
» Weekly maid service (optional)
» Ceiling fans in all rooms
» Lovely, gracious dining experiences
» Elegant, restored lobby for lounging
» Private, landscaped courtyard

Additional Amenities

» Close to churches
» Close to shopping
» Beauty shop/barber on premises
» Recreational & social activities
» New elevator servicing all 3 floors
» Pharmacy on premises
» Comfortable gathering places
» Off street parking
» Alarmed-smoke/heat detectors and sprinklers
» 24 hour concierge

Visit our website: http://thecontinental.info

Dining Area and Bar at The Continental Hotel and Restaurant

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This is the dining area and bar at The Continental Hotel and Restaurant.

Alex Burch Jazz Combo with Morgan Burch on vocals

The Continental Restaurant Review

Come visit The Continental today.
We’re open: 11:00-8:00 Sun-Thur,11:00-9:00 Fri & Sat

We also have happy hours.

Select Cuisines:

Reservations not required, but recommended: 641-437-1025

Ask about your next event- contact our Special Events Coordinator at 641-437-1025

Visit our website: http://thecontinental.info

 

The Continental Hotel and Restaurant in Iowa

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The rebirth of The Continental Hotel on the Square in Centerville is wonderful! This grand old building has emerged as a totally restored and rehabilitated apartment residence for the “well-elderly” with many of the amenities found in fine hotels worldwide and is the home of Centerville’s finest restaurant.

The spacious lobby, now restored to its past splendor, contains beautiful and comfortable furniture, plush oriental rugs, elegant window treatments, a working fireplace and a grand piano. A 24-hour concierge offers security and provides a wide variety of services.

The elegantly restored dining room comfortably seats residents for their (optional) three full meals each day. Meals are served restaurant style with linen table cloth, napkins and candlelight adding to the beautiful atmosphere of dining. Elegant dining on food prepared to resident’s personal tastes has become a hallmark of The Continental lifestyle.

The building rehabilitation includes new walls, ceilings, floors, plumbing, electrical, bathrooms, kitchens, windows, sprinkler system, fire stairs, alarm systems and a landscaped courtyard.

The apartments are varied in size and range from large one-bedroom corner units overlooking the Courthouse/Courtyard on the Centerville Square… to the equally large front-facing units, units on the side, units on the interior and studio units on the interior of our courtyard.

Our apartments are selected on a first come first served basis. You are invited to speak with our staff, tour the building and the available apartments.

We hope you can join us in this premier, independent-living retirement community. A staff of over twenty is here to pamper and make your daily living a total joy.

The Lobby

From the moment you enter the lobby of the Hotel, you feel as if you’ve taken a step back in time . . . a return to a more gracious era. When giant chandeliers lit the way and impeccable service was a way of life and elegant hospitality was expected of a grand hotel. From the beginning, the Hotel has been a favorite meeting for social functions, business meetings and family celebrations. The Lobby is the place to meet. Beautiful and warm surroundings invite you to sit down and relax and soak in your surroundings. Accept our invitation to come and experience the charm and elegance of The Continental Hotel Lobby.

More than one hundred thirty years later, more beautiful than ever!

A “grand” view of the lobby.

The Continental Hotel’s Executive Suites

Spacious and wonderfully furnished one and two bedroom apartments for nightly, weekly or monthly stays. All apartments include full kitchen, handicap accessible bathroom, large living room area and separate bedrooms. All rooms include free Continental Breakfast and on site laundry facilities.

In addition to our restaurant, our spacious lobby can be rented for special receptions.

We have a beautiful grand piano in our lobby making it the perfect place for music recitals!

History of the Continental Hotel and Restaurant in Iowa

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In the spring of 1865, Alexander and Susannah McKee moved their family to Centerville, Iowa. Mr. McKee traded forty acres of land, four horses, one wagon, and a harness for a store, house, and a lot where The Continental now stands. The building was originally arranged as a hotel and was known as the “Jefferson House” or “Wagon Home” in 1866.

In 1892, the building burned to the ground, resulting in the death of Susannah McKee. The hotel was rebuilt in 1893, and the superstructure of the building has not changed since, although the businesses in it have. Most of its life, the building has served as a hotel until the early 1990s. But after years of changes and economic fluctuations, the building began to deteriorate and soon the roof collapsed allowing animals to inhabit the building. The Continental seemed destined for demolition. This action, many feared, would be the beginning of the end for Centerville’s business district on the “World’s Largest Town Square.

In 1996, a successful business man and native to the Centerville area, Morgan Cline, returned to the square and saw the beauty in The Continental. With a love for old architecture and his generosity, he restored the building. Today, The Continental operates as two businesses. It is both an apartment building for the well-elderly as well as one of the area’s leading restaurants.

The apartments are varied in size and range from large one-bedroom corner units overlooking the Courthouse/Courtyard on the Centerville Square… to the equally large front-facing units, units on the side, units on the interior and studio units on the interior of our courtyard.

The elegantly restored dining room comfortably seats residents for their (optional) three full meals each day. Meals are served restaurant style with linen table cloth, napkins and candlelight adding to the beautiful atmosphere of dining. Elegant dining on food prepared to resident’s personal tastes has become a hallmark of The Continental lifestyle.

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