documents Fryman's work in the early 20
century hospitality industry through maps, receipts, and photographs related to Los Angeles
hotels and cafes. Both his work as a Southern California land developer and the role of
Fryman Ranch in silent film production are documented through photographs and
Harry C. Fryman (1876-1946) was born in Ohio and moved to Los Angeles in 1893. He began his
career in the local hotel business as a bellboy at the Mount Lowe Hotel, but eventually
worked his way up to manager. After working at Mount Lowe Hotel, he managed Hollenbeck Café,
Hotel Vincent (later Hotel Palms), Gordon Arms Hotel (later Brighton Beach Hotel at Terminal
Island), Van Nuys Hotel on Broadway, and the Lankershim Hotel. He married Mae A. Fox in
1900. In 1905 he constructed Hotel Hayward at the former location of the original Ralph's
grocery store, at 6th and Spring in downtown Los Angeles. Its early success led to the
building of additions in the late 1910s and mid 1920s. His Wagener nephews worked with him,
with Russell H. Wagener managing Hotel Hayward for a number of years.
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