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Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine$
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Thomas Graham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049373

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049373.001.0001

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The Season in St. Augustine, 1892–1893

The Season in St. Augustine, 1892–1893

(p.265) 15 The Season in St. Augustine, 1892–1893
Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine

Thomas Graham

University Press of Florida

Flagler became involved in controversies in St. Augustine and began the march of his railroad south down the peninsula. The Hermitage Ball to raise funds for the preservation of Andrew Jackson's home highlighted the 1892 season. Flagler became involved in a controversy over the minister at Memorial Church, Samuel Paine, and refused to help him keep his position. After a panic over typhoid fever in his hotels broke out, Flagler hired one of the best physicians in the country, John Shaw Billings, to determine its cause. Flagler hired James Ingraham and Joseph R. Parrott to become his chief lieutenants as Flagler's railroad extended southward. When Floridians failed to support an exhibit at the Chicago World's Fair, Flagler provided the funds to see that a Florida building was erected. Abbie Brooks went to Spain to copy documents from the archives relating to early Florida. The Alcazar Casino suffered a fire that destroyed its interior, but the fire did no damage to the Alcazar itself. In the meantime, Flagler built a private residence, Kirkside, as his winter home. He also purchased a large interest in the canal company digging what would become today's Intracoastal Waterway, and he purchased land for his hotels in Palm Beach.

Keywords:   John Shaw Billings, Abbie Brooks, Chicago World's Fair, James Ingraham, Intracoastal Waterway, Kirkside, Samuel Paine, Palm Beach, Joseph R. Parrott

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