Thursday, April 19, 2012

Those Places Thursday - Olde Southern Charm

One of the most fascinating places I have visited is the Eau Gallie Cemetery.  It is not only a beautiful olde southern cemetery, but it holds the history of the town of Eau Gallie, Florida that was established by its founder, John Carroll Houston in 1862.  It is also sad to note that in 1969, this wonderful historical community merged into the city of Melbourne, much to the chagrin of many of its citizens.

Just about anyone that was important to the growth of this gallant little town is buried in the Eau Gallie Cemetery.  I may be biased, but that doesn't change the history, for it is written.  In this cemetery rests Jesse Kerrick, owner of the grocery store and fire chief.  Gov. Gleason and his family is there.

The Rossetter family, James, who became known as a leader in the local fishing industry and founded a wholesale fishing enterprise.  He also became an agent for the Standard Oil Company.  Upon his death his daughter Carolyn applied for and took over her father's job and became the first female agent and held the job for 62 years. 

Here you will also find Dr. William Creel, the first doctor to stay in this community, a much loved man who was referred to as one of God's chosen people and the town named the new causeway spanning the Indian River for him.

When the Civil War began John Carroll Houston the IV began to operate boats on the Indian River in the interest of the Confederacy,  He was the first man to navigate this river and became known as Captain John.  He was captured and kept prisoner at sea for three months and at the end of the war he was paroled in Key West.

My great grandfather, William Russell Roesch, first mayor of Eau Gallie, his son William Phillip and partner in running the Eau Gallie Record and family members all rest here.  The stories of Ada, Nellie, Lena, and Clarence have been told.

There are many stories of others here who built roads, homes and churches, belonged to various organizations, all to help each other turn a wilderness into the neighborhood community known as Eau Gallie.  But pictures can worth a thousand words.


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