A reader of this site sent the following additional information in a letter to the author:

1. Mr. Whitecotton's wife's name was LELIA, not Leila. Lelia Whitecotton died 29 Sep 1955 in San Diego County

2. Frank R. Wishon was not Lelia Wishon-Whitecotton's brother, but the only child of her first marriage to Frank Wishon. Lelia and William Whitecotton had no children.

3. John Wallace ROWNTREE was Lelia's only brother. Frank R. Wishon's middle name was also Rowntree (often mis-spelled as Rountree or Roundtree)..

4. William Wallace Whitecotton died in Vancouver, British Columbia on August 7, 1933 after returning from a trip to Europe for his health just four days previously. His remains were returned to Los Angeles for burial.

In addition to the Shattuck/Whitecotton Hotel, Lelia's son Frank and brother John joined her husband in accumulating California hotels, owning the following throughout the state:

The St. Regis, Los Angeles
The Lankershim, Los Angeles
The Gaylord, Los Angeles
Cardinal Hotel, Palo Alto
Hotel Montgomery, San Jose
along with 2 other properties I've not yet identified

What I've found interesting is that in a state where a high proportion of old buildings were destroyed by fire, earthquake or deterioration, the bulk of these properties are still in use as 'boutique' hotels today. Granted, they required refurbishment, but 100 or more years on, they're still open for business.

These men only purchased properties offering what was then termed "European Plan" or en-suite accommodation, designed to attract long-term guests and permanent residents. Accordingly, they installed Axminster carpeting, furniture from Sloan's and ensured an extremely high ratio of wait and maid staffing per guest.

At a time when booking a room in a hotel often meant having to share a cramped space with another guest and using a communal bathroom at the end of the hall, having your own private suite and bath was an incomparable luxury. While we expect this nowadays, most properties at the time were run more like present-day hostels than hotels, and catered to transient guests looking for the cheapest lodgings they could find.