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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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Modern Times, 1900–1902

Modern Times, 1900–1902

(p.379) 19 Modern Times, 1900–1902
Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine

Thomas Graham

University Press of Florida

As St. Augustine entered the twentieth century, modern devices such as automobiles and telephones appeared in town. Ragtime music became a popular amusement. To promote golf, Flagler invited Harry Vardon, the world's greatest golfer, to tour his hotels and play matches. Noted individuals such as Thomas Edison, Admiral George Dewey, Mark Twain, and John D. Rockefeller stopped by for visits. William R. Kenan Jr. became an employee of the Flagler business systems. Flagler divorced his second wife Alice and married Mary Lily Kenan. Flagler opened his home Whitehall in Palm Beach. Herman Schladermundt designed stained glass windows for Grace Memorial Church. Flagler became friends with Joseph Jefferson and Frederick Townsend Martin. Some Jewish guests stayed at Flagler's hotels, but Flagler seems to have been uncertain of what policy to pursue on acceptance or exclusion of Jews from the hotels. Flagler complied with racial segregation laws on his railroad. Flagler's treatment of his workers combined conservative business ideas with paternalism.

Keywords:   automobile, Thomas Edison, Jews, Mary Lily Kenan, William R. Kenan Jr., John D. Rockefeller, Herman Schladermundt, Mark Twain, Harry Vardon, Whitehall

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