Charlotte’s Story: A Florida Keys Diary 1934 & 1935
By: Charlotte Arpin Niedhauk
This is a true, spell-binding tale of a young couple, Charlotte and Russ Neidhauk, and their two-year island adventure on the largely deserted Elliott Key (Florida Keys) during 1934-35. This couple had to survive without electricity, running water or other modern conveniences. Charlotte’s story chronicles both routine things and historic events during Prohibition, including the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane. Damage from the storm was so severe that it ended their stay on the Key. Smugglers and rum runners prowled the waters and added an element of danger. This is a glimpse of what it was like to live in the Keys during the Depression.