The Roaring Twenties By Charles Ogden

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Ogden used to entertain and lodge renowned people in the Tee House Plantation, among them Harvey Firestone and family, Billie Burke (a silent movies star), and the George Pfeiffers who were neighbors and frequent guests of Ogden and his “paramour” – his mistress. Ogden sold the Tee House Plantation in 1920 and moved to a hotel in downtown where he died in 1922. By 1920s with the real estate boom, the land became too valuable to sustain a fruit cultivation industry; plantations were subdivided into small parcels and sold rapidly. Moreover, “The Roaring Twenties” years, a period of sustained economic prosperity, brought to Miami an overflow of cash and people - visitors and residents. Some of these newcomers had an extravagant life style and an inclination for gambling, practice which took over Miami and Miami Beach. Ed Ballard of French Lick Springs opened an illegal gambling resort at the Tee House Plantation for an unknown period of time. Charles Edward Ballard was born in Orange County, Indiana in1874. From a humble family, he started to work at the West Baden Springs Hotel as a bowling alley helper when he was still a boy; in 1895 he was put in charge of the hotel’s…show more content…
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