The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 139
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 139

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 10, 1968
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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 10, 1968 J 13 Early Florida's Magnificent Empire Builder . . . f i 'i t' .... :,. : fern; : :L,fd& : j0'A rOvVVn -r -rr;gaTa ' . - . v- ' v I "v)? " - . T" - - A - -r-- rnn - ' - -M -a..' , L'5 .TV". .i If r ... GRAND ABODE The lavish interior of the the tastes of the man who said of Palm Beach. "I Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, once the home shall build upon this spot a magnificent play-(Whitehall) of Henry Morrison Flagler, reflects ground for the people of the nation.' . . . Henry Morrison Flagler J Bv DAVID WILKEMNG TRAVELING IN STYLE Henry Flagler's prl- when discovered In Virginia by museum re-vate railroad car, the Rambler, Is a marvel of searchers. Rambler was the first passenger rail-restoration. Now on display at the Flagler Muse- road car into Key West, urn, it was a ramshackle tenant farmer's cabin RiRiRiRiRBRBBRBRHRHRMRHRiRiiiRiRiRBRiRiRiRiRHB When it opened in it was the largest wooden structure ever built anywhere. It had accommodations lor 1.7)0 guests. There were 1,400 employes and on a sunny day, when these employes left their dormitory dressed in dazzling white uniforms, it looked like a full army advancing on the hotel. Flagler was born in Hopewell. New York, the son of a Presbyterian minister. He left his family at the age of 11 because he felt his father and mother needed the meager salary they made S100 a year. With :;.s friend. John D. Rockeleller. Flagler founded the s.-all oil company that was to become the huge empire of Standard Oil Company. A 53-vear-old multi-millionaire, Flagler was on a honeymoon trip with his second wife when he discovered St. Augustine. The history of Florida may owe much to the fact that Flagler haled cold weather. Because of the balmy climate of St. Augustine, Flagler began to ask himself questions: Why didn't St. Augustine have better facilities for tourists? That was the beginning of the Ponce de Leon Hotel. In building. the hotel, which cost Sl,Z0,00O, Flagler advertised that each room was furnished at a cost of Sl.OOO. When the furnishings arrived ' A jealous rival once launtcd 'Henry Morrison Flagler: ."Friend, where is thai ulacc uu tall Palm Beach?" Flagler smiled. "Friend," ; hi' replied, "just follow the crowd." It is Henry Morrison Flag- 4er. sell-made millionaire and uartner in the Standard Oil Company, who Is given much jt the credit for present day Huim Beach. Among Flagler's many accomplishmenis. besides a tamous east coast railroad, was the Roval Poinciana Hotel. SOMETHING NEW UHDER THE SUN! TRY OUR EXCLUSIVE BROILED TERIYAKI STEAK (Boneless U. S. Choice N. Y. Strip) Prize-Winning Recipe Sensation of Hawaii New as our 50th state! -JML since 1922 CONTINUOUS PROGRESS, EXPANSION, SERVICE IN THE PALM BEACH COUNTY AREA! w 1 SKCIALIIING IN LARGE VARIETY OF SEAFOODS i CHAR-BROILED STEAKS I CHOPS FULL COURSE DINNERS LARGE SELECTION FROM OUR SALAD TAILE lute. Flut;ler took off his coat and worked with his laborers to transport them to the hotel. The Ponee de Leon was not an immediate success, but Flagler believed in Florida. In those days of the waning lSUO's, life along the East Coast was simple. There were lew luxuries; people fished, hunted, sometimes raised fruit and vegetables. After discovering the balmy climate of Palm Beach, Flagler had a new favorite spot. Besides the Royal Poinciana, he built the Palm Beach Inn, later and now known as the "Breakers." Of Palm Beach. Flagler said: "I shall build upon this spot a magnificent playground tor the people ot the nation." He described West Paim Beac1! as. "the city I am building for my help." At the same time Flagler was developing the Palm Beacho, he was extending his railroad from St. Augustine to Palm Beach. Observing the small community of Miami in 18. it hud only :2 voters Flagler decided to extend the railroad even farther. In gratitude, some Ml-amians wanted to name their town alter him, but Flagler refused. Flagler was 73 years old and had already spent $30 million in Florida when he embarked on a new project: building an overseas extension from Miami to Key West. The Keys, hundreds of small patches of land completely surrounded by water were mostly lonely, uninhabited and unexplored. Flagler was not discouraged. Despite hurricunes and scores of lives lost, Flagler's road continued and was finally completed at a cost of 120 million dollars. In his lust few years, in declining health. Flagler lived in Whitehall, his three million dollar home on Luke Worth, which is now a museum. During those final days ol Illness, Flagler, confined to a wheelchair, would be pushed around the shores of the lake b an utlendant. A popular storyteller, several children could often be seen walking alongside the wheelchair, listening intently to the aging millionaire's stories. Flagler died on Muv 2t), i:ii:i. ut the age of 8.!. He wus buried in St. Augustine, by his request. The man whose strongest epithet was "thunder." whom critics often castigated as a "carpetbagger." left a fortune of over $1XJ million dollars. It seemed appropriate that Henry Morrison Flagler, besides his enemies, had many friends. Upon his death, one of them put it this way: "He has turned a barren, desolate waste Into a fair and fruitful country." Open Ttar Around 10:00 Till 2:00 A.M. 1 582-9293 L"-"" HENRY FLAGLER ...1830-1913 J01 N. DIXIE HWr.. UK! WORTH IKE WORTH Catering To The Artist, Book Lover, Engineer, Camera Fan, Bride elect, ... or Just everyday business folks who need the best in office supplies and equipment. HUM" 1 1 1 1 1 111 I .aiiin ' Go With f The Winner! Proven thru Years of SUPERIOR ENGINEERING and SERVICE KNOWLEDGE in . . . STATIONERY Nationally Known Typewriters & Adding Machines A.B. 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