Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Old World Charm
Keeping the peace as well as providing superior service was a difficult task. These two skills and countless other responsibilities were entrusted to the Club superintendent. Men such as J. P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer and Henry Hyde knew exactly how they wanted the Clubhouse run. Yet it took two seasons and two superintendents to finally discover the perfect man for the job.
Ernest Gilbert Grob was hired during the inaugural season of the Jekyll Island Club as a clerk. Grob's aptitude and resourcefulness proved to be above expectations, and the executive committee showed their appreciation by raising his salary to $200 per month plus room and board. This bonus successfully ensured his loyalty to the Club. Grob returned a second year to run the Clubhouse operations, and continued to hold the position for 42 years.
Ernest Grob also had the important responsibility of hiring the seasonal staff to operate the Club during the season. Many of his employees came from northern resorts, such as the Malvern in Maine, which Grob managed during the summer.
Ernest Grob was a mainstay on this island, and was highly respected by employees and Club members alike. He operated the Jekyll Island Club as a large country estate rather than a hotel, and this was the manner in which the members wanted to be
Also known as Stephen's Cottage, the Bookkeeper's Cottage was constructed around 1900.
Julius A. Falk was hired in 1897 as bookkeeper and assistant treasurer, as well as Ernest Grob's Assistant Superintendent.
Falk remained on the island year round, and in the absence of the superintendent, managed the island for Mr. Grob.
Panel funded by a donation from the Friends of Historic Jekyll Island, Inc.
Erected by Jekyll Island Museum.
Location. 31° 3.534′ N, 81° 25.124′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is on Pier Road west of Stable Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located directly in front of the Bookkeeper's Cottage. Marker is at or near this postal address: 32 Pier Road, Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Childhood in an Island Paradise (within shouting distance of this marker); A Winter City (within shouting distance of this marker); The Skeet House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Morgan Tennis Court The Infirmary / Furness Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Men of Means (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fairbank Cottage Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Clubhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
Regarding Old World Charm. The Bookkeeper's Cottage is part of the Jekyll Island Historic District. This building currently houses a gift shop.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Jekyll Island Historic District
Also see . . . Ernest Gilbert Grob.
Ernest, the son of Swiss immigrants Abraham and Dora B. Grob, served as the superintendent of Georgia's famous Jekyll Island Club from 1888-1930. He was brother to Hermann Grob. (Submitted on March 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.