There are many, many people that came into the lives of George and Louise Boldt, and many more who influenced George and helped create his success. Below you will find just a few of the people involved with creating his story, and of helping it stay alive now that he has died. These are some of the major players involved with making George Boldts legacy, and the stories of Boldt Castle and Heart Island as we know it today.
If you know of any other important or relevant people in George Boldts life that should be listed on this page, please let me know.
George Charles Boldt
George C. Boldt came to America in the 1860’s from Prussia, the son of poor parents. A man of tremendous organizational skill, daring and imagination, he became the most successful hotel magnate in America, managing/profitsharing the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, and the Bellevue-Stratford in Philadelphia. He was the president of several companies, a trustee of Cornell University, and the director of the Hotel Association of New York. For Boldt, to dream and to do were synonymous. Boldt Castle stands as an eternal monument to the memory of the man whose dreams were no more far-reaching than his capabilities.
Meet George Boldt
Louise was George’s constant companion and hostess at their Bellevue Hotel. She knew the hotel business, because of her fathers work, and encouraged her husband in all that he did. The astute lady also played a great part in helping make the world-famous Waldorf Hotel the luxurious wonder that it was in the 1890’s. She was instrumental in the decorating of the hotel, insisting that fresh flowers were left in every room, and that such luxuries as ‘pin-cushions,’ were supplied.
Meet Louise Boldt
Louise Clover Boldt
Louise Clover Boldt was born on October 31, 1853. She was the only daughter of George Charles and Louise Augusta Boldt. She was educated at the Spence School in New York City, and became engaged in April of 1907 to Mr. Alfred Graham Miles of N.Y. City. They married on October 8, 1907.
Meet Louise Clover Boldt
George C. Boldt Jr.
George Boldt Jr., was born on February 4, 1879 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. His early years were spent in the usual manner, attending school in Lawrenceville New Jersey. When he turned 22 he enrolled in Cornell University at Ithaca N.Y. He studied for an Arts degree and received one in June, 1905.
Meet George C. Boldt Jr.
John Jacob Astor IV
Colonel John Jacob Astor IV was born in Rhinebeck, New York on July 13th, 1864 the son of William Astor and great-grandson of John Jacob Astor the fur trader. Astor was educated at St. Paul’s School, Concord and later went to Harvard. After a period of travelling abroad (1888-91) he returned to the United States to manage the family fortune. He had homes at 840 Fifth Avenue, New York and at Ferncliff , Rhinebeck, New York.
Meet J.J. Astor IV
Oscar Tschirky (1866-1943), known throughout the world as Oscar of the Waldorf, worked as maitre d’hotel of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City from 1893 to 1943. He is known, moreover, as the creator of Eggs Benedict, Veal Oscar, and of the Waldorf salad. He is also credited for creating and for aiding in the popularization of Thousand Island Dressing.
Meet Oscar Tschirky
William Waldorf Astor
William Astor was born in New York City, the only child of John Jacob Astor III (1822-1890) and Charlotte Augusta Gibbes (c.1825 -1887). He was educated in Germany and in Italy before studying at Columbia Law School. He worked shortly in law practice and in the management of his father’s estate. In 1878 he married Mary Dahlgren Paul (1858-1894) and went into politics, serving as a New York state assemblyman and senator. He was twice defeated in his bids for a seat in the United States Congress. In 1882, President Chester A. Arthur appointed Astor Minister to Italy, a post he held until 1885. (“Go and enjoy yourself, my dear boy,” the president told Astor.) While living in Rome, Astor developed a life-long passion for art and sculpture. Upon the death of his father in early 1890, William Waldorf Astor inherited a personal fortune that made him the richest man in America.
Meet William Waldorf Astor
Elizur Kirke Hart
Elizur Kirke Hart purchased Hemlock Island in 1871 for $100. Hart was a banker and a politician, being first elected a member of the State assembly in 1872. He also served one term in the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1879) as a democrat. He spent twenty years as a summer resident on the island – which he called Hart Island. He and his family were prominent members of the summer community until his death in 1893. The summer home on Hart Island went unoccupied for some time, until Mr. Edward Wallace Dewey purchased the property for $10,000 from Mr. Hart’s widow, Louise, on June 21, 1895. Eleven days later he transferred ownership of Hart Island (and the summer cottage) to Louise Boldt, George Boldt’s wife, for only $1.00
George Boldt soon changed the name to Heart Island and began major construction projects throughout the region for the next two decades, including his renowned Boldt Castle.
Meet Elizur Kirke Hart
Edward Wallace Dewey
Heart Island was purchased for a mere $1.00, by Louise Boldt from Edward Wallace Dewey, on July 1, 1895. Dewey purchased the estate only 11 days earlier for $10,000.
Not much else has been found about Edward Wallace Dewey. If YOU know of anything pertaining to him, Please let us know.
Edward J. Noble
Edward J. Noble, owner of the Beechnut Fruit Company and inventor of the Lifesaver candy, bought the castle in the early 1920’s after Boldt’s death. The E.J. Nobel foundation ran it as an unimproved tourist attraction for more than 50 years, allowing visitors to run free on the island. Vandalism and graffiti abounded as the Island fell into a further state of disrepair. Left to the mercy of the wind, rain, ice, snow and vandals the Castle languished until 1977 when it was taken over by the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority.
Meet Edward J. Noble
George & Myrtie Edgerly Campbell
During the first winter that the Boldt’s owned Heart Island, caretakers George and Myrtie Edgerly Campbell became proud parents to a baby girl they named Gertrude, who was born to them right there on Heart Island.
Thousand Islands Bridge Authority
The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority oversees and manages the Thousand Island Bridge System. The Thousand Islands Bridge System extends from Collins Landing near Alexandria Bay, NY to Ivy Lea near Gananoque, Ontario covering a distance of 8.5 miles. The bridge system provides a direct connection between US Interstate RT 81 and Canada highway 401. the Bridge crosses the American Channel of the St. Lawrence River from the mainland to Wellesley Island with an 800 ft suspension bridge. The underclearance is 150 ft above the river. The 600 ft Canadian crossing, the Warren Truss span connects Hill Island with Constance Island. A suspension bridge of 750ft from Georgia Island to the Canadian mainland has 120 ft of underclearance above the St. Lawrence River.
Meet The T.I.B.A.
The Astor family, founded by the German immigrant, John Jacob Astor and his wife Sarah Todd, became the wealthiest family in the United States during the 19th century. Towards the end of that century, a branch moved to England and achieved great prominence there. As the 20th century wore on the family fortunes declined, but their legacy lives on in their many public works including the New York Public Library, and members of the British branch hold two hereditary peerages, a viscountcy and a barony.
John Jacob Astor’s brother also immigrated to America. Henry Astor, a horse racing enthusiast, purchased a thoroughbred named Messenger who had been brought from England in 1788. The horse became the founding sire of all Standardbred horses in the United states today.
Beyond the famous hotels, the Astor family name is imprinted in a great deal of United States history and geography. There is a town of Astor in the states of Florida, Georgia, Iowa, and Kansas and there are Astorias in Illinois, Missouri, New York, and Oregon. There is an Astor Park in Florida and an Astor Court and Astor Place in New York City and a large number of town and city thoroughfares bearing the family name.
Meet The Astor Family
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