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Heiner Brothers Hotel

George Heiner stated, “In 1890, my brother Daniel and I built a three story brick hotel…”

Charles Turner recorded in his journal, “1890, this year I have sold to the Heiner Company over One-thousand dollars worth of brick, line and rock for their new hotel.”

Thomas C. West from Round Valley plastered the interior of the hotel.

The hotel flourished and contributed to the economic growth and development of the community. It provided rest and comfort to many weary travelers.

Emma Staples Stuart, a renowned cook, operated the hotel for approxximately 20 years. During that time she hired many local young women to help.

Moroni and Harriet Clawson bought the hotel in 1912. The theater with a stage provided an excellent place for silent movies.

In May 1917 Clawson applied for a picture show license. Milton Fry ran the hand-operated movie projector.

In 1935 the hotel was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Stewart. The theater was modernized with comfortable air-inflated seats, and a modern sound system.

In 1937 Mabel Horsefield Welsh and Viola Porter Whitesides were contestants to rename the hotel. They submitted the name “Vallis” which means “Valley” and the name has remained until the present day.

Alva and Cecil Dearden leased the Vallis Theater in 1945 and showed movie pictures there until 1949.