Randolph Caldecott

Randolph Caldecott grave. Photo by author archived at Flickr.

Randolph Caldecott grave. Photo from the author’s collection at Flickr.

Randolph Caldecott (22 March 1846 – 12 February 1886) was a British artist renowned for his illustrations in childrens books. A medal presented each year by the Association for Library Service to Children is named for him. While on tour in the US, he took ill here in St. Augustine where he died. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

The plaque at the foot of his grave contains this inscription:

Friends of Libraries U.S.A.
Library Landmarks Register
Evergreen Cemetery St. Augustine, Florida
RANDOLPH CALDECOTT 1846-1886
The Caldecott Medal, commissioned in 1938, was named
in honor of English illustrator, artist, and sculptor
Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the
Association for Library Service to Children,
American Library Association, to the artist of the
“most distinguished” American picture book for children
published during the preceeding year. As a tribute to his
life and art, this burial site is designated a
Literary Landmark by Friends of Libraries U.S.A.
Friends of the Library of St. Johns County, Inc.
Randolph Caldecott Society of America
March 20, 2005

James McCormack, British Navy

Headstone for Seaman James McCormack from the author’s collection at Flickr.

In the spring of 1898, HMS Cordelia paid a courtesy call in St. Augustine. During their visit, the ship’s officers attended the annual Charity Ball at the magnificent Ponce de Leon Hotel and the crew lost to the American team in a game of cricket. All was not fun and games, however. On March 23rd, Able Seaman James McCormack passed away at the young age of 28. He was buried with full military honors in the St. Augustine National Cemetery.

Sacred to the Memory of
James McCormack
Able Seaman of
Her Brittannic Majesty’s
Ship – Cordelia
who died Mar. 23, 1898.
aged 28 years.

Like a lot of forest trees we stand
But some are marked to fall
The axe will smite at God’s command
And soon must smite us all

The stone erected by
His shipmates as a mark of esteem.

McCormack Obit

Sources:

  • “BRITISH TAR BURIED IN FLORIDA; United States Troops Join the Crew of H.M.S. Cordelia”. New York Times.
  • Florida. National Cemetery, St. Augustine, Florida: Index-Guide, Preliminary Report. Special archives publication, no. 44. St. Augustine, Fla: State Arsenal, 1988.

Henry Morrison Flagler

Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church

Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church

The beautiful Memorial Presbyterian Church was built by Henry Morrison Flagler as a memorial to his daughter Jenny Louise Flagler Benedict who died from complications related to childbirth.

Portrait of Henry M. Flagler hangs in Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Portrait of Henry M. Flagler hangs in Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Flagler (January 2, 1830 – May 20, 1913), a founding partner in the Standard Oil Company, also built the Florida East Coast railroad which opened up the east coast of Florida down to the Keys.  In St. Augustine, he created a winter resort with three elegant hotels.

When his daughter died soon after the birth – and death – of her child, he chose to build a church as a permanent memorial to her.  The Presbyterian congregation that benefited from his largess is the oldest Presbyterian congregation in Florida and at the time of the church’s dedication numbered only 40 members.

In addition to Jenny Louise and her daughter, Marjorie, Mr. Flagler and his first wife, Mary, are also buried in the family mausoleum at the church.

 

A view into the mausoleum. The mirror shows the ornametal detail of the mausoleums dome.

A view into the mausoleum. The mirror shows the ornametal detail of the mausoleum’s dome.

The mausoleum is the domed structure in the foreground.

The mausoleum is the domed structure in the foreground.

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