Isobel 'Belle' Stewart Field (Osbourne)

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Isobel Stewart Field (Osbourne)

Also Known As: "Strong", "Belle"
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA
Death: Died in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, USA
Place of Burial: Glendale, Los Angeles, California, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Samuel C. Osbourne and Frances Matilda Stevenson
Wife of Joseph Dwight Strong, Jr. and Edward Salisbury Field
Mother of Austin Strong and Hervey Stewart Strong
Sister of Samuel Lloyd Osbourne; Hervey Stewart Osbourne and Lloyd Osbourne

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About Isobel 'Belle' Stewart Field (Osbourne)

She was born in Indianapolis to Samuel and Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. Robert Louis Stevenson's step-daughter. Her 1st marriage was to Joseph Dwight Strong, Jr. in 1879 in CA. Their 1st son, Joseph Austin Strong, was born 1881 in San Francisco. They joined the Stevensons on an extended voyage to the South Seas shortly after. They lived in Samoa and Hawaii where Joseph was commissioned by the Spreckels to paint scenes of the Islands. Their 2nd son, Hervey Stewart Strong, was born 1888 in Honolulu and died in 1889 in Maui. She designed the Hawaiian flag, the Royal Seals, and the star of the Royal Order of Oceania in Hawaii. Joseph and Belle's marriage ended in divorce and her husband returned to San Francisco in 1895. Belle married Edward Salisbury "Ned" Field, Jr., a journalist, (six months after her mother's death) who was her mother's companion and secretary until her death in 1914. Field was only three years older than her son Austin.

She was a noted author herself, publishing under the 'Strong' and 'Field' names. She wrote: Memories Of Vailima [1902], The Girl From Home [1905], Robert Louis Stevenson [1911], This Life I've Loved [1938], A Bit of My Life [1951], the latter two were autobiographies. Her 2nd husband struck oil and "Belle" ended her life as a millionairess. The Field home, a 300 acre estate, was in the Figueroa Mountains near Los Olivos, CA. It was a popular meeting place for writers and actors. The El Mirasol Hotel where "Belle" died was a small, very luxurious hotel which opened in 1912. It was demolished in the 1960s. It is now the location of Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. Obituary (condensed) FIELD-Isobel Osbourne, widow of Edward Salisbury Field, mother of the late Austin Strong and daughter of the late Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson, died in Santa Barbara, Calif., June 26. Funeral 11 A.M. Monday, Welch and Ryce Chapel, Santa Barbara. Interment 3 P.M., Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Calif.

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Isobel 'Belle' Stewart Field (Osbourne)'s Timeline

September 18, 1858
Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA
April 18, 1881
Age 22
San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA, USA
Age 29
Honolulu, Honolulu County, HI, USA
June 26, 1953
Age 94
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, USA
June 1953
Age 94
Glendale, Los Angeles, California, USA