|Birth: ||Jun. 30, 1867|
|Death: ||Nov. 18, 1969|
She was the daughter of Robert Eagar and Sarah Riddle Eagar. The Social Security Index lists her date of birth as June 30, 1876, but in an article about her 100th birthday, the San Antonio Express published Saturday August 5, 1967 states her date of birth to be June 30, 1867.
Florence Eager Roberts was the daughter of Robert Eagar (1830-1883) and Sarah Riddle Eagar. She studied art in New York and illustrated the book, In the Shadow of the Alamo, written by her friend, Clara Driscoll (1881-1945). Before her marriage she was the custodian of the Alamo. On May 27, 1907, at the age of 40 years, she was married to Colonel Harris Lee Roberts, USMA Class of 1880 and moved with him to Manila, Philippines. They returned to the United States in 1910 where her husband was assigned to Fort Wayne, Michigan. She was a member of the Daughter of the Republic of Texas and a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. She lived in the house in which she was born until her 100th birthday. The home was on the site of the land chosen for HemisFair. She was the last person to remain living on the fair site as officials agreed to let her remain until her 100th birthday. The Eagar house was located at 434 South Alamo Street and was built as a wedding present in 1866 for Robert and Sarah Eagar by Sarah’s father, William Irvine Riddle. At the age of 100, she and her son moved to a cottage at 151 Groveland Place. She died at the age of 102 on Tuesday, November 18, 1969 at a local hospital. Survivors included her son, Robert Pierpont Eagar Roberts (1911-1986) of San Antonio; one sister, Mrs. E.J. McCullough of San Antonio; two nephews Robert Eagar of Corpus Christi and Harold McCullough of Houston and one niece, Mrs. Aline B. Carter of San Antonio. Arrangements were by Porter Loring McCullough on Elmira Street. Rev. Stanley J. Houser officiated at the service held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Interment was in Alamo Masonic Cemetery.
Sources: San Antonio Express and News, Sunday, March 26, 1967; San Antonio Express, Saturday August 5, 1967, Wednesday, November 22, 1967 and Monday, July 1, 1968; The San Antonio Light, Thursday, November 20, 1969 and A Guide to the Aline B. Carter Family Papers, 1823-2003.
Robert Eagar (1828 - 1883)
Sarah Elizabeth Riddle Eagar (1842 - 1947)
Harris Lee Roberts (1858 - 1918)
Florence Eagar Roberts (1867 - 1969)
Blanche Eagar Badger (1868 - 1954)*
Fannie Eagar McCullough (1869 - 1971)*
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Alamo Masonic Cemetery
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