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Peter And Louisiana Chandler Raulerson Gravesite

 
 
Peter And Louisiana Chandler Raulerson Gravesite Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jay Kravetz, July 21, 2016
1. Peter And Louisiana Chandler Raulerson Gravesite Marker
Inscription.  Peter Raulerson was born September 1, 1857, in Bartow, Florida. His family moved to Basinger in 1874 and, in 1877, Peter married Louisiana Chandler. In October 1896, Peter and Louisiana moved southeast to a region three miles north of Lake Okeechobee known as “The Bend” located along Taylor Creek. The Raulerson family was the first Euro-American settlers in this area. In April 1902, the Raulersons helped establish the first post office in the community, known as Tantie. Their daughter, Martha, served as the first postmaster, and was succeeded by Peter in June 1902. Peter established a Star Route, a privately-contracted mail route, between Tantie and Fort Drum. In October 1911, the town renamed itself Okeechobee. Later, when the City of Okeechobee incorporated on June 4, 1915, Florida Governor Park Trammel appointed Peter the first mayor. Additionally, he served as the first county commissioner from the area in St. Lucie County. Peter established the first school in 1898 and was a trustee of the first brick schoolhouse built in 1916. Peter died in 1947 at the age of 90. Louisiana died one year later. In 2000, Peter was designated as
Peter And Louisiana Chandler Raulerson Gravesite Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jay Kravetz, July 21, 2016
2. Peter And Louisiana Chandler Raulerson Gravesite Marker
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a Great Floridian and a plaque in his honor is located at the Okeechobee City Hall.
 
Erected 2014 by Okeechobee Historical Society, The Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners, The Family of Peter and Louisiana Chandler Raulerson, The Buxton-Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. (Marker Number F-825.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 27° 17.169′ N, 80° 48.995′ W. Marker is in Okeechobee, Florida, in Okeechobee County. Marker can be reached from NE 39th Boulevard (Cemetery Road) (County Road 61) one mile east of U.S. 441, on the right when traveling east. This marker is located graveside in Evergreen Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Okeechobee FL 34972, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee, Florida (approx. 3 miles away); Okeechobee County (approx. 3 miles away); Tantie School House #14 (approx. 3.3 miles away); Peter and Louisiana Chandler Raulerson Log Cabin Historic Site (approx. 3.6 miles away); Battle of Okeechobee (approx. 5.4 miles away); Historic Basinger Cemetery (approx. 13.8 miles away).
 
Peter And Louisiana Chandler Raulerson Gravesite Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jay Kravetz, July 21, 2016
3. Peter And Louisiana Chandler Raulerson Gravesite Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 313 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 22, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 5, 2022