Historic Markers Across Florida

Peter and Louisiana Chandler Raulerson Gravesite

Marker ID: FLHM F-825
Location: off NE 39th Blvd in Okeechobee Cemetery, Okeechobee, FL
County: Okeechobee
Coordinates: N 27° 17.169    W 080° 48.993
  27.28615    -80.81655
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMRNYH


Peter and Louisiana Chandler Raulerson Gravesite

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 a Great Floridian and a plaque in his honor is located at the Okeechobee City Hall.

Okeechobee Historical Society, The Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners,
The Family of Peter and Louisiana Chandler Raulerson,
The Buxton-Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home
and the Florida Department of State.