From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 970

PERRY DOOLITTLE, proprietor of Fess House; is a native of Broome Co., N.Y.; Mrs. DOOLITTLE is a native of Saxony; she came to Blue Mounds, in the fall of 1847, as Miss RASSBACH. She married, in 1853, George E. FESS, a native of England; he built the Fess House; for three years kept a restaurant and store, and in 1856, built the original Fess House on the site of their present hotel; they paid $25 per month rent for the ground five years; afterward paid $3,000 for same lot and $1,400 for lot adjoining. Mr. FESS died Dec. 5, 1875, having carried on the hotel business for nineteen years, leaving five children, four boys and one girl, all living at home; the oldest, George E., being clerk of the hotel; Mr. FESS was an honorable and industrious citizen. Mr. D. came to Wisconsin in the fall of 1855, and has since made this State his home; he had been previously married, and had buried his wife and five children. Was married to Mrs. FESS on the 28th of March, 1878, and is now manager of the hotel. They are now, in 1880, making additional improvements to the hotel, costing $4,000 and giving thirty-four rooms for guests; hotel is corner of King and Clymer streets; their house is usually full of transient guests; have excellent stabling accommodations for sixty horses. Mrs. DOOLITTLE has been landlady and chief cook in this hotel for nearly a quarter of a century.

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