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This is a unique and historically important autograph album created at the Tampa Bay Hotel during the year 1898.

The album appears to have belonged to a woman or young girl by the name of Frances Strange.

There are many autographs of famous people, including the captain of the Maine, General Fitz Hugh Lee: who was the brother of Robt. E. Lee, and many others.

I have provided many images of this autograph book, so you will know what it contains.

If you can provide additional information, it will be very appreciated!


This measures 11 1/2" high, 14 1/2" wide, and 1" deep.

Page 1

Page 2

Below, a photo of actor Joe Jefferson

Click below for Joe's Wiki


The now demolished Royal Poinciana Hotel in Palm Beach


Page 3

Page 4

Page 5

Page 6

Page 7

"Very Truly Yours Chas. Mills Sheldon"
(Charles Mills Sheldon 1866-1928)
with small side drawing
Journalist for the SA War and Listed Artist

H.E. Armstrong, New York Sun
Tampa June 6/98


Caspar Whitney Tampa June10-98
Caspar was instrumental in creating the All American football college team.

John R Rotham Tampa Fla. 1898

Very truly S.A. Adams N.Y. World
J.S. --- 2nd. Lieut. 1st US Cavalry

Frances Strange

Richard Harding Davis  Tampa '98 June 6th
New York Herald

Arthur W Copp Tampa Fla. June 6 1898
The Associated Press
George Clark Musgrave Tampa Fla. June 7th 1898
New York Journal
His Book "Under Three Flags in Cuba"

G.J. Culley
Robt. L. Drumming
1st Lieut. 1st OVL

Page 8

A. Winfield Scott Prisham?
Colonel and Chief Ordnance Officer
State of Flordia

H.M. Burgess MD?
US San. Inspector
Havana Cuba

-- Brady Jr?
Captain in Signal Corps. US army
"The unfortunate individual known as the 'CENSOR'
No Sir you cannot." June 11th 1898

Wm. H.F. Beechham
Wash. Evening Star

Fitzhugh Lee
Major General
Robert E Lee's nephew

J.H. Worst Capt. 4th Cavalry 6-6-98

Alfred Sayer Captain RN
June 6th 1898

W.M. Lee Capt?
June 6 1898
James O'Donnell Bennett
Chicago Journal
June 7 1898

E.M. Hayes Major Cavalry
Known as "Fighting Jack" fought under Robert E. Lee.
Buried in Arlington

Page 9

Robert Dill Jr. New York Tribune
July 9, 1898
Sumner M Curtis New York Herald
July 9 1898

J.M. Allison
Cincinnati Enquire

Alb. Von Jonelly

Count Vanderwell

L Avan Asperen van de Velde

In the middle below, one paper refers to a yacht Whim-Wham
The second paper refers to the S.S. Miami, a naval ship used in the Spanish American War

Major Hartwick's referal to the SS Miami
Page 10

Page 11

James Burton Harpers Weekly New York
"It wasn't me" May 31st 1898
Photographer for Harpers. Recorded the Battle for San Juan Hill.

Charles E. Harold
Tampa Fla. May 31 1898
"I did laugh"

Fred W Stowell San Francisco Chronicle

----- New York Herald
Tampa Fla. May 98
Frank P Collins
Boston Journal "Pork and Beans"
June 6 '98

Malcolm McDowell
Chicago Record Tampa - June 6 1898

Franklin Hall
Cleveland (O) Plain Dealer
June 8/98

JM Taylor, Boston Globe, Tampa June 8, '98
He writes: "Mistaken for a Rough Rider"

E Sherman Gouto?
Tampa June 14/98

Clem. Studebaker
South Bend Ind.
Creator of the Studebaker carriage/automobile company

Page 12

Fs de Gallatin (Francis)
1st Lieutenant attached to staff of General Nunez Cuban Army
New York Geneva Switzerland
May 23d 1898

Sunday Telegraph? London
Tampa bay 29/98

Fletcher Ransom
Colliers Weekly Tampa 98
Listed artist

Dr. John Guitenal? Philadelphia
WG Trunner
Capt. 2d U.S. Infantry
Tampa Fla. May 31, 1898

G.N. Whistler
Captain 5th Artillery
U.S. Siege Artillery Tampa Fla.


W.S. Rausr?
St. Louis Globe Democrat
New York Times
June 6 1898

M. Emmet Urell
Major 1st DC Vols.
(Washington DC)
Buried in Arlington

Page 13

Richard A. O'Brien
Major 1st Reg D.C.
"Co-ed Mile Father"
June 30th 1898
Later testified at the Lodge Committee hearings


George Reno
"Go this way"

Robert S Smith
Major (?) Paymaster

Thomas J. Wright
Nashville, Ten

The program for a complimentary concert honoring Major General William R Shafter at the Tampa Bay Hotel.
Shafter was a Civil War veteran and received the Metal of Honor.


Samuel S. Partello
Ass't Surg. & Field Agent
Tampa Fla. Dec 4 1898

Mrs. S.S. Partello
Dec. 4th 98   Tampa, Fla.

Mrs. K. Blake Watkins
Editor "Woman's Kingdom"  The Mail and Empire Toronto Canada

Kathleen Blake Watkins
Possibly, the only woman issued a war press pass by the US govt.
Early 1890's wrote on Jack the Ripper.

Book on Kit

Jack the Ripper

Annie L Wheeler
Wheeler Ala.  June 25-98

Page 14

Beverly W. -----
Savannah, GA
July 20th 1898

Robert H Noble

Capt. George Stacy RNA
June 29 1898

M. H. Bohreen
Detroit Michigan ----9th 99

Decoration Day Menu
May 30, 1898
Tampa Bay Hotel

Mrs. William T. Malster
Baltimore Maryland
Dec. 4 '98
Wife of then Mayor of Baltimore

Major -- White
Inspector General 2d Division 4th Army Corps

J.H. Brady?
Major General Vols.

Nelson A Miles
Major General
--- US Army
Called "Brave Peacock" by Roosevelt
Served in the Civil, Indian, Spanish American wars.  Buried in Arlington


William T. Malster
Mayor of Baltimore
Dec 4 1898
(President of Columbia Iron Works)

Picture taken inside a ship.
Page 15

A Notman Studio photo/ rendering of the HMS Cordelia

Notman Studio:
Page 16

HMS Cordelia
Royal Navy Screw Corvette (1881-1904)

Lieut. AG Allgood Royal Navy
HMS   Naval & Military Club

MHB Moorshead  Royal Navy
HMS Cordelia

John C Cole-Hamilton  RN
HMS Cordelia

Page 17

SS Miami
Flordia East Coast Hotel System


Page 18

Page 19

J. Clark  
Toronto Public School Board
Friendly visit to Tampa FLa.
Feb 8 1899- School Cadets

James L. Hughes
Public School Inspector
Toronto Canada

MM ----
Toronto Public School Board
Toronto Canada
Friendly visit of Toronto cadets to Tampa Fla. Feb. 8, 1899

Stephen W. Barus?
Toronto Canada

Jamie F Thompson
(Mother of the Cadets)

Fred W. Kettle
St. Augustine Fla.

Page 20

Page 21

Presents el homenaje de mi respecto a la estimable senorita

Col. -- Anthony Dyer
A.D.C. and Executive Secretary Rhode Island

William D Bloxham
Governor of Florida
13th and 17th Governor of Florida

Attorney Plant System

Mis distinguidas respectas
a la estemable Senorita
Jose M. Perez

Possibly Cuba's exile Jose Marti, known as "el apostol."
Marti died in 1895

Jas. W. Andrews?
Capt. & A.D.C.
Albany, New York

Mrs. C. Underwood

Tampa, Flordia December 17, 1898
CD Sigsbee
Capt. US Navy
This is the Capt. of the USS Maine


Page 22

"My very best wishes  to my
fellow Buckeyes, who claims
 like myself a birthplace
 in south western Ohio
Henry Mitchell MacCracken
New York University   February 9th 1899



Yours sincerely
TC Platt  
 New York

The "Dutch Uncle," Thomas Collier Platt was  a New York Senator
Platt pushed Roosevelt to run for VP, to get him out of New York


C. J O'Brien
Possibly Capt. "Dynamite Johnny" O'Brien

A Captain Unafraid

Major WD Bell
71st Regt   

(Surgeon with the 71st Regiment)

Book Reference

71st history

Sylvester Scovel

New York World journalist, who attempted a punch at Major General Shafter.
Very celebrated SA War correspondent.

Dissertation on Sylvester

MC Butler
Maj. Genl. US Vols. 
 Tampa Fla
Dec 15th, 1898

(Butler was a Civil War veteran, member of the House of Reps., and a South Carolina Senator)



William Astor Chanler

(US Representative and participant in the Spanish American War)


Page 23

J. Hoge Tyler
Governor of Virginia


Thomas E. Sherman
Tampa Florida
March? 13 1898

(Army Chaplain during S A War and General Sherman's son.)

Sherman's Wikipedia:


David Day
US Geological Survey
Washington, DC
Chief of Universal Resources

Leonard Wilson
Secretary to Gen. Wheeler

Possible editor of "Makers of America"

J.  D. Sturgeis?
Unknown Major

John Duncan Dunn
Golf Instructor?
Page 24

Page 25

Officers and Mentors of Rio Public School
Cadet Corps. of Toronto Canada in a friendly
visit to Tampa Florida Feb. 8th 1899

John Thompson (Major)

W.H. Thompson Lieut. and Adjt.

---- Grant (Captain)

----- Fairbanks (1st Lieut.)

Leo Wright (2nd Lieut.)

H.G. Yorken

C.R. Lacey

J. Wesley Meredith

Ernest H. Mimms

W. Harry Meredith

-- Whiteside

H. Wickett

William Wright

John Woodhouse

Edgar Norris

(Same Edgar Norris autograph as above)

Jack L Hills

Frank Warnwright

Frances Strange signed at the top again

Page 26

Vincent McFarlane
Fred Roberts Pryne
Arthur Dobon

Jack Smith
E.D. Otter lurger?
A.P. Buchner
Arthur C. Fox

(Arthur C. Fox, again)
H.J. Score?
Harvey Marshall
Walker B. Fessey
William J. Stenson
B. Middleton

George A Hodgson, Corp.
James William Kennedy
Sidney E. Curran

Sidney E. Curran (again)
Fred M. Guy
Chas. A. Peterson
David Jones
Mack Rowe

Seth N.W. Lawless
Jos. Henry Gilby
Edw. Wolley
Davis S Williams
Howard Stewart

E. Lloyd Morrow
(author of "Church Union of Canada")
Corp. Cousins
Clarence Richardson
Herbert H. Hargrave
Robert Patterson Sergt.

George H. Ferguson
Robert Roche Sergant
Roses are re
Wilford H Painter
Willie Frankish
Frank McIntyre
Frank's Wiki

John Stuart
Alex Elliott
W. Boyce

W. Boyce (again)
J.H. Campbell
W.W. Woodward
F.D. Goodchild Colonel Sergent
P.A. Bromell

Page 27 & 28


This is in as found original condition.


This weighs 4 lbs. before being packed.


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