Governor Lars Christian Helweg-Larsen on left stands next to Colonel Theodore Roosevelt (wearing a suit of dark grey tweed) and Mr. R.L. Merwin with distinguished guests in the rear. Photo Source: Digital Collection at the University of the Virgin Islands. Used with permission.
Former President, Theodore Roosevelt and his wife, Edith were scheduled to arrive while on a pleasure cruise through the West Indies!
During their short stay, they attended a Carnival Party Dance held in their honor at the Grand Hotel.
It was a fun, masquerade affair enjoyed by all!
The following day they set sail for St. Croix.
The Roosevelt’s arrive in St. Croix
Eager to get a glimpse of the former president, citizens packed Strand Street to the National Bank.
At about 10:30 am when the Consular Agent, Mr. R.L. Merwin left for the wharf to greet the Colonel, the crowd eagerly surged forward.
When the Colonel stepped ashore, a group of gentlemen raised their hats in salutation.
Mr. Thomas Ramsay approached, extended his hand and bade the Colonel and Mrs. Roosevelt a hearty, “Welcome to St. Croix”.
The Colonel smiled and shook his hand warmly.
“It is a pleasure to see you”, Mr. Ramsay said, to which the Colonel replied, “I thank you”.
They were taken to the Consulate’s office for a short visit, then driven to Mr. Merwin’s residence where the photo above was likely taken.
His excellency, Governor Helweg-Larsen, Director Rist and other distinguished guests accompanied them.
Theodore Roosevelt tours Salt River
After refreshments, Mr. Merwin drove the vacationing couple on a tour of Salt River.
He later reported how delighted the Roosevelt’s were with the little island.