B. Bergman (Feb 6,1915 - ?)
opened the Statler. E.M. tended to hire outgoing
popular men to open his hotels. This was a means
of getting in good with the local society. Bergman
was described as a man of continental training
with attire that was the last word in appropriateness.
Bergman later moved on to the Hotel Pennsylvania
before leaving the company for other endeavors.
Zees (? - ?)
only information I have on Harry Zees is that
he succeeded Bergman and preceded Klare.
William Klare (? 1920's ?)
William Klare was one of the men whom Statler
was grooming for corporate leadership. He established
for himself a good record at Detroit, managing
it throughout much of the 1920's. Among other
things, he started a campaign to combat glass
and china breakage which was adopted by the
Henry Pichler (? - 1937)
followed Klare until his retirement in 1937.
His last day on the job included a surprise
party held in room 536 in his honor.
B. James (August 5, 1937 - 1938)
had the job after Pichler. He had previously
worked at Detroit as an assistant manager under
Klare. Prior to that he had worked at the executive
offices in Buffalo.
managed the St. Louis Statler before returning
to Detroit as its manager. He is identified
as the manager in charge during the Terrace
Room/Lounge Bar alterations.
F. Furrey (1938 - 1942)
much is known of Furrey. He took the helm from
Ward B. James in 1938. Furrey would manage the
hotel until 1942 when he resigned.
G. Kenney (Jan 1942 - Oct 1942)
G. Kenney was assistant credit manager at the
Hotel Pennsylvania. He later opened the Boston
Statler as its credit manager. The photo on
the right shows him at that time in his life.
did not remain in Detroit long. He was given
the job of opening the new Washington D.C. Statler
as its manager in 1942. This was a great honor.
The D.C. Statler was the first major hotel built
since the start of the Depression.
C. Blunck (Oct 1942 - 1945)
coming to Detroit H.C. Blunck had been the manager
of the Statler operated Hotel William Penn in
Pittsburgh. He took over from Fred Kenney in
watch would not be an easy one. He managed the
hotel during the height of the Second World
War. During this time he faced problems with
staffing, overcrowding, as well as obtaining
supplies. However, both Blunck and the Statler
survived the war. Blunck was rewarded with the
manager's position at the DC Statler in 1945.
C. Meacham (1945 - 1951)
J.C. Meacham (left) started with the Statler
Company at Detroit in 1923. His ability eventually
gained him the management positions of the William
Penn in Pittsburgh, then leased by Statler,
as well as the Statler in St. Louis.
returned to Detroit in 1945 succeeding HC Blunck
as general manager. Meacham guided the hotel
during the critical postwar years when the hotel
industry fell on hard times. His efforts were
recognized when he received the position of
general manager of the new Los Angeles Statler
Center in 1951. This was quite the honor as
the Los Angeles Statler was the envy of all
M. Mumford (1951 - 1956)
on the reins from Meacham in 1951, Donald M.
Mumford would be the last manager of the Statler
era. Like his predecessors, Mumford had been
built up from within the company. He started
at the Hotel Pennsylvania as a credit manager.
He was then given the position of general manager
of the St. Louis Statler.
would guide the hotel during the Statler organization's
transition from an independent corporation to
part of Conrad Hilton's hotel empire. He left
Detroit in 1956.
G. Stick (1956)
to the Detroit News, he followed Mumford and
was quickly succeeded by Edwards.
H. Edwards (1956 - ?)
to the Detroit Free Press, he succeeded Mumford.
No mention is made of Stick???
Stalcup (? - 1963 - ?)
was the manager who oversaw the renovations
of the Terrace Room and Lounge Bar.
Houston (? - Nov 1975)
Houston was the last manager of the hotel. It
appears his duties continued for a few weeks
following the closing as he is still described
as the manager in articles published in November