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Thread #32772   Message #4081147
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
27-Nov-20 - 02:00 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Sloop John B
Subject: RE: Origin: Sloop John B
Me (see above) - The “Great Fire of 1901” ended Prouty's personal eighteen year run at Jacksonville, Florida's old St. James Hotel and he took Flagler up on an offer to open in Nassau for the next few seasons while JAX recovered & rebuilt.

Flagler actually extended the offer as soon as he aquired the Bahamian leases in 1899, well before the Great Fire. In 1901 Prouty was already being billed as Musical Director of Nassau's Royal Victoria and the Carthagena Annex.

More small world: Head Waiter at the Jacksonville, Florida St. James? – James Johnson. Father of James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) and J. Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954).