Centennial Ambassadors As part of Palm Beach’s 100th-anniversary celebration, 42 leaders with longtime ties to the town accepted the honor of serving as “Centennial Ambassadors,” Centennial Commission Chairman Bill Bone said at a Nov. 23 reception attended by many of the honorees at The Colony. “They have made their mark in the worlds of business, …
Monumental achievement: Palm Beach dedicates a statue with historical roots to honor Henry M. Flagler
A town of their own: Threatened annexation spurred Palm Beach leaders toward incorporation. Although modern-day Palm Beach dates to the 1870s as a pioneer community and had developed by 1894 into a winter resort for the nation’s wealthiest residents, it didn’t become an actual town until 1911: April 17 to be exact.
Some historians say that railroad-and-hotel magnate Henry M. Flagler was never a fan of incorporating Palm Beach as a town. A driven businessman, Flagler liked to do things his way. And as a major landholder on the island — with two hotels in place by 1896 — he would have been a major taxpayer had the town incorporated.
In Gilded-Age Palm Beach, those enjoying a holiday in the sunshine at the dawn of the 20th century’s second decade change their clothes every few hours, a daily transition in which the apparel becomes increasingly more formal.
1830 – Henry Morrison Flagler born Jan. 2 in Hopewell, N.Y. 1852 – With half-brother Dan Harkness becomes a partner in the newly organized D. M. Harkness and Company. 1853 – Married Mary Harkness, Nov. 9. 1855 – First child, Jennie Louise, born March 18. 1858 – Second child, Carrie, born June 18. 1850s (late) …