Elza Lealman
Pinellas County Pioneer

Elza Lealman, City Pioneer Dies Suddenly…

Man who saw St Petersburg grow from hamlet to city to be buried Wednesday 9-9-1931.

     Elza B Lealman 63 ?, pioneer residence of Pinellas County died suddenly shortly after 4 o’clock Sunday morning at his home at 3459 Tangerine Ave. “He had been in poor health for years.”
     Born in Pinellas County at Allen’s Creek near Cross Bayou and reared on the old Lealman homestead in the Northwest outskirts of the city, Lealman was one of the hardy, God fearing pioneers who grubbed their living from the fertile soil of the Pinellas peninsula and saw St. Petersburg grow from a little fishing village to a great tourist metropolis.
     When he was two years old, Lealman’s father, E B Lealman, Sr., one of the earliest settlers in this section, moved from Allen’s Creek to a spot in what is now known as Lealman Heights. Here the home was constructed which was Lealman’s residence until about seven years ago when he moved to his Tangerine Ave. house. The old Lealman homestead is now one of the landmarks of St. Petersburg.
     As a boy, Lealman hunted and fished in the woods and bayous in the Lower Peninsula. Many of the spots where he hunted are now the sites of fine homes and business establishments. He learned the art of farming while a boy and when still in his teens began cultivating land on his own behalf. He raised vegetables and citrus fruits and when the Orange Belt Railroad came in in 1888, shipped large quantities of the products of his gardens and groves to other cities. Lealman was a grower up until the time he disposed of much of his property about seven years ago.
     Lealman Heights was named after him and the junior high school in that section bears his name.
     Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Maude A Lealman; four children, Roy E, this city; Mrs. K. D. Huff, this city; Mrs. W. D. Douglas and Mrs. V. S. Stepp, Sauite Ste. Marie, Mich.; and a step daughter, Roberta Crowley, of this City. He was a member of Child’s Park Methodist Church.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday afternoon (9th) at 3:30 o’clock. Endicott Funeral Company is in charge of arrangements. 

 Source: St. Petersburg Times...9-7-1931

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