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St. Regian (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 19??-????, January 01, 1991, Image 7

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m a d e his m ark. telegraph direct to the New York Stock Exchange. The e le c tr ic company that serviced the hotel was expanded to include power lines to the nearby “towns of Bloomingdale and S a ra n a c Lake, resulting in the creation o f the Paul Smith's E le c tric and Light Company in 1905. The next year a seven mile e le c tric railroad was built between the hotel and Lake Clear so that guests could ride the railroad directly from New York City to the hotel. The hotel eventually came to enjoy a world-wide reputation, attracting the likes of P r e s id e n ts G ro v e r C le v e la n d , T e d d y Roosevelt, and Calvin Coolidge. Paul Smith died in 1912. His sons Phelps and Paul Jr. (Henry had died in 1891, as had Lydia Smith) continued to look after their father's many business interests. Paul Jr. died in 1927, and Phelps in 1937. In his will, Phelps Smith left the entire Smith holdings to found a coeducational college in his father's name to give instruction in h o s p ita lity and forestry, the fields in which his father had Paul Smith’s College of A rts and Sciences enrolled its first class of one hundred and ninety students on September 23, 1946. The period between the death of Phelps Smith and the opening of the College was taken up with building new classroom buildings and modernizing a n d w i n t e r i z i n g dormitories and cottages. The original Paul Smith's hotel remained at the center of the campus and was used as a training facility for the hotel and restaurant management stu d e n ts. Several b u i l d i n g s w e r e constructed over the next fifteen years that were named after those who made Paul Sm ith's College a reality. Several currently standing

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