Frank Dan Waterman
One of the finest hotels in central Florida, and a
to Lake County and the State as a whole, the Fountain Inn of Eustis is
testimonial of the faith Frank Dan Waterman has in Florida, and in Lake
He was born in Altorf, Illinois, July
20, 1869, son
Elisha Silas Waterman and Delia Robinson Waterman. His father
in Decatur, New York, May 13, 1814, and his mother at Rockville,
May 18,1844. The record of the Waterman family shows them to
hard-working, honest, straightforward, level-headed Yankees, who were
with patriotic love for their country. Some member of the
family has served in every war in which the United States has been
since they came to America.
Frank Dan Waterman has gained his
international recognition through his own endeavors. He
grade schools of Illinois, and at the death of his father was obliged
go to work at the age of fourteen. He followed various lines
1893 when his uncle, L. E. Waterman, sent for him to come to New York
help him in his new business of manufacturing fountain pens.
concern had a very modest beginning in a single room with a force of
and grew slowly until the death of Mr. L. E. Waterman, when the
was left to Frank Waterman as administrator. He immediately
an extensive advertising campaign which was so successful that the
Fountain Pen is now known throughout the world.
was established to his satisfaction, Mr. Waterman turned his attention
a winter home in Florida, and came to Eustis in 1901. He
his home and very fine grove at Blue Lake, which home place he still
and in 1922 at the earnest solicitation of the prominent citizens of
town, and with a desire to help Eustis take its place with other
towns in the State, Mr. Waterman decided to build the Fountain
This hotel would
a credit to a city many times the size of Eustis, and has done probably
than any one other thing to make Eustis popular as a winter resort, the
being open from “Christmas to Easter.”
Many people of national
have stopped at the Fountain Inn, and all its guests have been
pleased with its exceptional service. One of the finest
the high grade fruit Mr. Waterman supplies his guests from his own
at Blue Lake. Another example of Mr. Waterman’s
desire to do all
can to make his guests enjoy their stay at the Fountain Inn, is his
in bringing well-known artists to his hotel for concerts. Mr.
has always very generously invited the townspeople to be his guests at
Although his interests are so varied,
and his time
occupied by his business and welfare activities, Mr. Waterman manages
spend considerable time in the enjoyment of his family. He is
of the Episcopal Church, a member of the Masons, and numerous other
and societies. He was married February 16, 1898, at
Jersey, to Helen Louise Huson, and has
two sons, Elisha Huson Waterman,
Frank D. Waterman, Jr. Pictured are Frank Dan and Helen
from: History of Lake County Florida,
Wm. T. Kennedy,
Editor-in-chief, History of Lake County Florida Part II,
Biographical. Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens of
County, Florida p304-305.
.*NOTE: In 1906 he encouraged his recently
moved to Eustis with her young son.
As with so many others, the depression forced the
of the hotel. He wanted to leave the building to Dr. Tyre for a
hospital. Dr. Tyre feeling it was too large an undertaking
one man suggested giving it to the Lake Co. Medical Assn.
The papers were signed on his death bed in New York City.
He died 6 May 1938.
He was honored by the
of Kankakee ,Illinois who named a park for him on the Kankakee
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