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Walter A. Frazeur — 14 Comments

  1. My mother would tell me stories of her maternal grandfather Walter Frazeur being murdered and her grandmother, living to be 98 or so, having raise 4 children on her own. My mom remembered her always walking quite fast and being very strong till she fell and broke her hip…my mother’s mother was named Gertrude Adele Frazeur. I was also told stories about “Aunt Thelma” and what a shrewd woman she was, it was believed that she got her hands on a lot of her brother’s money and not much of it got to his wife (as the story goes)…I do not know if these are the same people, but it would be interesting to find out. I know very little about that side of my family.

    • Yes, the people you write of are the same people as in this post. I updated the post to add links to the memorials for Walter G. and Ora Benning Frazeur on FindAGrave. If you have any other information on these people, I would be happy to add it to the post.

  2. I am Arlena’s cousin and knew Aunt Thelma. It is wonderful to know some of the facts I could not find anything about! Please keep me posted to any more information you find. To hear these stories and find out more specific information is a gift to me and our family! Great Grandmother Frazeur was a wonderful, church going person and I love her very much! Thank you so much for your research! My daughter has her middle name!!

  3. Thank you Jeff for more fine research and another well-done article. I am aware of the telephone company and part of its story, but the remainder of the Frazeur history is new to me. Thanks for your work in bringing “other” stories to light. Nice work.

  4. Great article, again shedding light on the times, people, and activities (good and bad) to give a feel for Homestead when it was as a “frontier” town. I enjoyed the Frazeur references to places in my current home state, Kansas. Topeka, Emporia, Lindsborg (Bethany College) a beautiful Swedish artsy town near where I live. An aside of little consequence is the claim of Armando Alfonso being a descendent of “Alfonso VIII” of Spain. Being a kind of Hispanophile, myself…there was no Alfonso VIII of the unified country of Spain (1516), in spite of there being a XII (reign 1874-1885) and XIII (reign 1885-1931). The last name would have been Bourbon, most likely. Even farther aside, there was a Bourbon princess living in Redlands in the 1960s, my father delivered her mail. Thanks, Jeff for all your research and bringing Homestead history alive.

    • Thank you for providing the information about King Alfonso VIII. I will edit that out as I was a bit puzzled about the connection since the dates on the Armando Alfonso burial in Key West don’t match other information about him. The source here was from the family, but sometimes family stories are a little mixed up. There is often a desire to attach one’s family to a famous person but upon close examination, the story falls apart. I don’t know the truth in this instance so it is best to delete the reference.

    • I love reading this information on Homestead. I have no heritage in Homestead but love to hear these stories of the past. I know many family names in the history of Homestead. Bob Bow, many thanks to you and Jeff Blakley.

  5. I am descended from Walter G. Frazeur via his daughter Lillian Adella Frazeur Stone, who was married to the lawyer in Topeka that you mention, Robert Stone. Thank you for helping to fill in my family tree and giving me the background of the shooting. I had never heard those complete stories and knew little about our Florida connections. My great-grandmother Della had a stroke the year after I was born, and though she didn’t die for another 6 years, I was never able to have a conversation with her. My grandmother would often hear from Aunt Gertrude and the Slaters, so they were not unfamiliar names.

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