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Melbourne in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Roesch House

 
 
Roesch House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Cox, October 30, 2011
1. Roesch House Marker
Inscription.  The exact year the Roesch house was built is unknown. It was probably constructed sometime after 1892. It was constructed by William Russell Roesch. Roesch was made city treasurer of Eau Gallie in 1887. Roesch was also mayor of Eau Gallie numerous times. He served from 1896 through 1897, from 1908 through 1909 and from 1924 through 1926.

President Woodrow Wilson appointed W. R. Roesch as the postmaster for Eau Gallie in 1913. President Wilson reappointed him again in 1918. In 1921 President Warren Harding reappointed him to this position. Roesch was also a member of the local fire department and was a seller of fruits.

Today most of the house is original, containing original wires and flooring. The house is used as an office by the Florida Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #29 Warren G. Harding series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1892.
 
Location. 28° 7.71′ N, 80° 37.57′ 
Mayor William Russell Roesch image. Click for full size.
By Kathryn Smith Lockhard
2. Mayor William Russell Roesch
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W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on Highland Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1320 Highland Avenue, Melbourne FL 32934, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The James W. Rossetter House (a few steps from this marker); Twin Oaks (within shouting distance of this marker); James Wadswsorth Rossetter House (within shouting distance of this marker); Houston Pioneer Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Houston Homestead (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Breckenridge Landing (about 500 feet away); St. John's Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away); Corner of Highland and Eau Gallie Blvd. (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melbourne.
 
More about this marker. The first paragraph of this marker may have been amended to read:
The Roesch house was being built in early spring 1901. Jun 14th arrived and now William was really pushing hard every day to complete his house as fast as possible. The family moved into the home on June 28, 1901. (Per Florida Star Titusville)
 
Additional commentary.
1. William Russell Roesch
Wm R Roesch was my great grandfather. He began to build this new home in May of 1901. Upon completion, he moved his family in on June 28, 1901. I am the author of a biography/memoir of the Roesch family, "Forever Laced", a Journey Through Two Centuries.
    — Submitted May 11, 2012, by Kathryn Smith Lockhard of Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
 
Roesch House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, October 30, 2011
3. Roesch House and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 4, 2011, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 733 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 4, 2011, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida.   2. submitted on May 11, 2012, by Kathryn Smith Lockhard of Bridgewater, Massachusetts.   3. submitted on November 4, 2011, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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