Louis Zelenka


On Friday, May 3, 1901, most of Jacksonville's downtown business and residential district was destroyed by fire. Mary L'Engle telegraphed her father, J.C. L'Engle, who represented Duval County in the State House: "Big fire Jax. Our three houses burned. We staying at Westmoreland Hotel. Fire still burning." In Tallahassee, Governor William S. Jenning received a telegram from an unknown correpondent: "The city of Jacksonville in flames. Armory destroyed. I think it would be advisable to send four companies [of militia] to the city at once."