|Birth: ||Aug. 1, 1895|
|Death: ||Nov. 25, 1994|
obit: Newspaper Unknown -- November 25, 1994
Faith Raulerson Meserve
With the death of Faith Raulerson Meserve on Nov. 25 the final chapter closes on members of the original founding family of what today is the City of Okeechobee.
Faith Raulerson was born on Aug. 1 1895 in Basinger and was 99 years old. She was a life-long resident and a member of the Christian Science Church.
Those first hardy pioneers arrived on the land that comprises present-day Okeechobee in 1896. Originally from Polk County, Peter and Louisiana Chandler Raulerson had moved first to Basinger on the west bank of the Kissimmee River. After a time, Peter decided he needed more land for his rapidly expanding cattle herd.
In the early fall of 1896, he loaded the children and the family's material belongings into a wagon, moved the herd of cattle to the southeast, settling on the west bank of Taylor's Creek (sic). There the family settled with children ranging all the way from infancy to adult age. Faith was a little more than a year old when the family moved to "The Bend." Faith's brother, Corneltus (Connie), was the first white man born in what became the City of Okeechobee.
By 1909, When Faith was 14 years old, the first schoolhouse was constructed on what is now South Parrot Avenue. Faith was listed among a long listing of Raulerson children who attended that school. Others attending were the Hancock children, the Wright children, the Sloan children, Jones, Gibson, Davis and Strickland completed the roll. There were 36 students in that class and 13 of them were Raulersons.
In 1915, the railroad arrived in Okeechobee and the first passenger who got off the train on a cold January morning was Ellis M. Meserve, a St. Augustine bank clerk. He quickly established his business and opened that summer as the Okeechobee Hardware Company, a two-story building that housed the hardware store on the first floor and living quarters on the second. A balcony/porch extended from the second floor and formed a shelter for the front of the hardware store.
His business established, Ellis then courted and married Faith Raulerson.
Peter Raulerson (1857 - 1947)
Louisiana Chandler Raulerson (1861 - 1948)
Ellis Marquis Meserve (1895 - 1978)
Martha Anna Raulerson Walker (1878 - 1918)*
Lewis Marion Raulerson (1881 - 1941)*
Adeline Raulerson Clements (1882 - 1959)*
Rachel Ada Raulerson Coats (1886 - 1917)*
Melville B. Raulerson (1889 - 1959)*
Harmon Luther Raulerson (1890 - 1967)*
Faith Raulerson Meserve (1895 - 1994)
Cornelius Van Raulerson (1901 - 1986)*
Created by: Ken & Nancy
Record added: Feb 23, 2010
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