Elizabeth Martin Easter

 today we honor  & tell the sweet story of scottish native elizabeth martin easter... andrew chose mrs. easter's monument as his favorite projects this week.... he mentioned on sunday, "Elizabeth's project was particularly challenging which made the end result all the more satisfying"... 
The Good Cemeterian, 2018

The Good Cemeterian, 2018

The Good Cemeterian, 2018

The Good Cemeterian, 2018

Elizabeth Martin was born in Edinburgh, Scotland 165 years ago on April 18th 1853…

☆ Interesting events that occurred around the World in Elizabeth's birth year of 1853 included:

▪On March 4th 1853, Franklin Pierce was inaugurated, as the 14th President of the United States (His only child was killed in a train accident on January 6th 1853).

▪On March 30th 1853, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh was born in Zundert, Netherlands

▪In May of 1853, the World's first public aquarium opened, at the London Zoo

▪ In May of 1853, an outbreak of yellow fever killed 7,790 in New Orleans, Louisiana

▪On August 24th 1853, potato chips were first prepared by George Crum at Saratoga Springs, New York


Elizabeth married her husband James Easter on April 24th 1874… The couple had 6 daughters and one son… The Easter family came to the United States in 1907 and settled in Chicago, Illinois… By 1912, the family moved to Tampa, Florida…

☆ Elizabeth’s husband James was employed by the Crenshaw Bros. Produce Company until eventually entering the business himself...

☆ James Easter was one of the organizers of the first Scottish Club in Tampa 

On May 24th 1921, Mrs. James Easter’s illness was announced in The Tampa Times:


“Mrs. James Easter, Dixon avenue and Seminole Heights, is seriously ill. She has been failing health for almost two years. ‘Grandma,’ as she is familiarly called, has many friends has many friends who will regret to learn of her illness


Elizabeth Martin Easter passed away 4 days later on May 28th 1921… The following is quoted from Mrs. Easter’s Obituary published in The Tampa Times on May 31st 1921:


Patient Sufferer Made Many Friends In Eight Years.

In the death of Mrs. James Easter, at her home in Seminole Heights last Saturday the passing of a patient sufferer occurred.
Mrs. Easter was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the year 1853. The historical spot of Edinburgh was well known to her, as she resided there until 14 years ago, when the family moved to Chicago. Eight years ago she moved to Tampa with her family.
Mrs. Easter, in her short stay here, made many friends- an evidence of which was the large floral display at her funeral. All the children were present except three, a daughter in Nebraska, a daughter in Scotland, and a son in Wisconsin. The pallbearers were four sons-in-law and a nephew. The funeral services were held at the B. Marion Reed chaped, the Rev. Deans, a son-in-law, of the deceased, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Allen, of Seminole Heights Presbyterian church, and his choir. The Rev. Mr. Deans came all the way home from Nebraska to see his mother-in-law, but was an hour and a half too late-she died Saturday at 6:35 p.m. Mr. Deans arrived at 8 o’clock.
Mrs. Easter was known in her immediate vicinity as ‘Grandma,’ and she will be much missed.”


☆Elizabeth Martin easter☆

☆ beloved wife & mother ☆

" grandma "

     ...Before & After...


published by: Jen armbruster
The Good Cemeterian Historical Preservation Project, 2017

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