Maiden Name
Ivy Julia Cromartie
Date of Birth
Feb. 24, 1881
Place of Birth
White Springs
Hamilton County
Florida, USA

From [1]:

Ivy Stranahan, the wife of Frank Stranahan and “Lauderdale’s First Lady,” was a devout Seventh-day Adventist in her adult years. As an active member of the Fort Lauderdale Seventh-day Adventist Church, she was the first principal of the church school, now Sawgrass Adventist School in Plantation.i

Upon Stranahan’s death in 1971, the New River home, her most prized possession, was willed to the Fort Lauderdale Seventh-day Adventist Church to the surprise of many. In 1974, the congregation sold the property to the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. Today, it is owned by Stranahan House, Inc., where it is preserved as one of the community’s most cherished landmarks.ii


  1. Ivy Stranahan: Fort Lauderdale Pioneer and Adventist Trailblazer

  2. Frank & Ivy Stranahan – Founders of Fort Lauderdale

  3. Everglades Biographies: Ivy Julia Cromartie Stranahan

  4. Find a Grave