Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mr. William P. Jones]
“The hotel when first erected contained its own heating system, laundry, power plant, barber shop, bar, and all conveniences of a modern and up-to-date hotel of this period. L. Z. Harrison, a son-in-law of Mr. Levy, was made manager of the New Arlington, and C. O. Chetham was the manager of the old hotel. As the old Read tavern in days gone by was the center of the social and political life, so the New Arlington became the center of this same life again.
“It was about this time that the major league baseball teams began to send their teams to Marlin for their training. The White Sox first came in 1900. Then the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnatti Reds, St. Louis Browns and a number of other leagues trained here for a number of years. All of these teams made the New Arlington their headquarters, adding many illustrious names of the baseball world to the hotel register.
“But it was for the New York Giants to bring fame to Marlin as the training site for baseball teams. They prepared their own training field that was known as “Giant's Park”, and is remembered by old baseball fans. They too, made their headquarters at the old Arlington and it was there that Bob Ripley, creator of the “Believe It Or Not” cartoon spent a time