|Born||Esther Elvira Holbeck
April 1, 1901
Two Harbors, Minnesota
|Died||July 16, 1990
La Mesa, California
Esther Elvira Holbeck was born April 1, 1901 in Two Harbors, Minnesota.[nb 1] Esther's parents were John and Hilma Holbeck. John emigrated from Norway in 1883 and Hilma in 1880 (Hilma was born in Norway and her parents were Swedish). The third of five children all born in the United States, Esther's siblings were Ingwald J., Alma Ingeborg, Hilmar Arnold and Carl Wallace. In 1910 the family lived in Waldo, Lake County, Minnesota. They lived in Two Harbors, Minnesota by 1920.
On July 9, 1921, Esther married Frank Rose, who was born in 1889.[nb 1] Frank had served during World War I as a sergeant in the United States Army. He was an amateur photographer and a sports writer for the Two Harbors, Minnesota newspaper. They settled in San Diego, California in 1924 and that year established the first Karmelkorn Shoppe in San Diego. Esther and Frank had three children. Eugene Dennis Rose became the Orthodox Christian Hieromonk Seraphim Rose. Eileen Rose Busby was an author and antiques expert and Frank was a businessman. Grandchildren include scientist J. Michael Scott, antiques expert Cordelia Mendoza, and true crime author Cathy Scott.[nb 1]
After the Roses retired, they moved to Carmel-by-the-Sea in Northern California. Her husband, Frank, died on July 30, 1968 and Esther Rose died on July 16, 1990 in La Mesa, California. Both are buried at the El Carmelo Cemetery, Pacific Grove, California.
Rose began painting at age 45. She studied under portraitist Frederick Taubes, seascape artist Bennett Bradbury and water color instructor J. Milford Ellison at the San Diego Art Institute. She is particularly known for her seascapes of the California coast of an Impressionistic style, and she also made still life and landscape paintings. She painted with oils and watercolor. Aside from easel painting, Rose explored silk-screening, serigraphy, screenprinting, printmaking and collages.
Rose was a member of the West Coast Art Association, Central Coast Art Association, the Pacific Grove Art Association, in the Monterey area, and the Foothills Art Association in La Mesa, California.
- "Esther Elvina Rose (1901 - 1990)". El Carmelo Cemetery, Pacific Grove, CA. Find a Grave. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
- Esther Rose Biography. AskArt. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
- Esther Rose in 1940 census. Archives.com. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
- Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA (primary source, allowed as published by a reliable source and no extrapolation of the information.)
- Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City). (primary source, allowed as published by a reliable source and no extrapolation of the information.)
- Frank Archie Rose (1889 - 1968). Find A Grave Photos. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
- Hughes, Dan Milton (1989). Artists in California, 1786-1940. California: University of California. p. 955. ISBN 9780961611217.
- Obituary: Eileen Rose Busby; writer, world traveler and antiques expert | The San Diego Union-Tribune
- "Seraphim Rose (1934-1982)". Find a Grave. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
- Esther Rose Quick Facts. AskArt. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
- AskArt listing for Julius Milford Ellison
- Edan Milton Hughes (1989). Artists in California, 1786-1940.