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Sieber grandchildren recall darker times for Sieber Hotel in Oklahoma City

BY STEVE LACKMEYER Modified: January 29, 2009 at 10:11 am •  Published: January 29, 2009
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/articleid/3341532/1/pictures/537914">Photo - Robert Sieber’s grandchildren Ray McMinn, left, and Joanie Elder, right, look at the renovated lobby of Sieber Hotel on Jan. 19. photo BY PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND, THE OKLAHOMAN
Robert Sieber’s grandchildren Ray McMinn, left, and Joanie Elder, right, look at the renovated lobby of Sieber Hotel on Jan. 19. photo BY PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND, THE OKLAHOMAN

Elder stayed at the hotel, as well. Her mother, DeLois, and her twin sister, Del Rose, kept the books and helped in the shop. When Robert Sieber died in 1962, the sisters took over operations that included a theater.

Times changed and by the 1970s, Elder said.

"I remember my aunt was afraid to go out on the street,” Elder said. "The whole area had gone down so much. It was dangerous to take money to the bank.”

After selling the hotel and moving to Bethany, Del Rose Sieber became despondent over the property’s demise.

"She said she wanted the Sieber name taken off the hotel because she didn’t want it to be something that dishonored my grandfather,” Elder said.

Touring the hotel, Elder thinks her aunt would think differently today.

"I think she would be so happy,” Elder said. "She would be out of her mind with gratitude.”


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