Biography of John M. Teeling
Adams County, NE Biographies





John M. Teeling is proprietor of the Clarke Hotel, which is not only the leading hostelry of Hastings, but also one of the finest in the state, and ranks as one of the finest hotels between Chicago and Denver. It is conducted according to the most modern ideas of hotel management, being under the control of a most progressive, enterprising business man.

Mr. Teeling was born at Waukon, Iowa, August 15, 1877. His father, James Teeling, was a native of County Clare, Ireland, and there married Anna Martin, after which they came to the United States, in 1872, establishing their home upon a farm near Lansing, Iowa, where their remaining days were passed. The father died in 1878 and the mother passed away later in the same year, leaving John M. Teeling an orphan during his early infancy.

The boy was reared by Mr. and Mrs. James Sweeney, of Allamakee county, Iowa, who had been neighbors of his parents, and he there attended the country schools until he reached the age of fourteen years. In 1898 he went to Milwaukee, where he entered upon his career as a hotel man, becoming night clerk in the Schlitz Hotel, then the leading hostelry of that city. He was connected therewith for a year and a half, after which he went to Merrill, Wisconsin, where he became night clerk in the new Lincoln Hotel. Three months later he was made day clerk and seven months afterward became manager of the hotel, which he conducted until June, 1911. At that date he went to Rapid City as manager of the Harney Hotel, there remaining for six months, when he was transferred by the Mid West Hotel Company to the Widman Hotel at Mitchell, South Dakota, where he remained for six months. On the expiration of that period he leased the new Lincoln Hotel at Watertown, South Dakota, furnished it and conducted it for a year, after which he disposed of his lease. He then came to Hastings, Nebraska, and in February, 1914, rented the Clarke Hotel, which is one of the finest hotels of the middle west, being scarcely equalled between Chicago and Denver. It contains one hundred and twenty rooms, sixty with bath, and has every modern convenience and equipment. The interior finishing is artistic and attractive and the most careful attention has been paid to sanitation, ventilation, lighting, heating and, in fact, everything that will contribute to the comfort of the guest. The cuisine is unexcelled and the most courteous attention is demanded of all employes.

On the 17th of February, 1901, at Merrill, Wisconsin, Mr. Teeling was united in marriage to Miss Mollie Phielman. Mrs. Teeling died April 20, 1910, and Mr. Teeling was married August 15, 1911, to Mrs. Amanda Kyes, of Merrill, Wisconsin. He is a Catholic in religious faith and she is a Lutheran. Fraternally he belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. His political indorsement is given to the democratic party, and while living at Merrill, Wisconsin, he served for two years as city alderman. He is now serving on the staff of Governor Morehead with the rank of colonel. His activities in the hotel field have made him widely known. He has an extensive acquaintance throughout the country and is a popular host, geniality and affability winning him friends, while his splendid business qualifications command for him the respect and confidence of those with whom he is brought in contact.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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