By NICK YAMASHITA
A new historical marker has been put in the Pioneer Cemetery in Overton. It marks the grave of the extremely very first child born in the metropolis of Las Vegas. Genevieve Lytle was born amid primitive problems in Las Vegas on August 18, 1905. She passed absent less than two years later in Overton.
Earlier this 12 months, the Lytle household positioned the new marker on the baby’s grave in Overton. They obtained help from Las Vegas historian Joe Thompson in sketching building the memorial.
This system involved an fascinating training in this small side of regional background, explained Overton resident Kurt Lytle, an nephew of Genevieve.
“The history has been enjoyment,” Kurt stated. “Our loved ones has liked it and it is amazing for this monument to be existing now at her gravesite.”
John A. Lytle and his new bride, Mary Virginia Perkins Lytle, were married on March 24, 1904, in St. George, Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-working day Saints. Mary was of th Perkins family members from Overton.
The few wished to dwell in a area with an opportunity to start their new lifetime with each other. As they ended up making an attempt to get on their ft, even though, they ended up living in a two-room tent near the Helen Stewart Ranch in the Las Vegas valley. Their tent was situated someplace in the space that is now the Interstate 15 at Washington Avenue.
“Las Vegas experienced started to increase as the railroad was completed between Salt Lake Metropolis and Los Angeles,” said Kurt Lytle. “So the City of Las Vegas turned an official entity on May perhaps 15, 1905.”
Just a few months afterwards, Mary gave birth to their to start with little one, Genevieve. The household experienced a neighbor who would sing and engage in the guitar well. He frequently played a tune that was well-liked back again then referred to as “Sweet Genevieve.” John and Mary favored the title so a lot they made a decision to give their daughter that title.
Owning a little one born in Las Vegas was a huge information merchandise back again then. The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce even awarded the freshly born little one with a little locket as she was known to be the to start with newborn born in the recently fashioned Metropolis of Las Vegas.
But dwelling circumstances had been terrible in Las Vegas, primarily for an toddler. In her written background, Mary recounts that there ended up “some days the challenging winds would sweep by the valley. Genevieve and I would be covered with dust, but there was almost nothing that could be performed but endure it.”
Soon after bearing these difficult problems for a time, Mary insisted upon shifting again to her hometown in Overton.
But when Genevieve was about 18 months previous, the community was hit with an epidemic of Whooping Cough. Unfortunately, Genevieve contracted the illness.
“With no health care provider or aid, we could not cure her,” Mary wrote.
The little one died on June 23, 1907. She was buried in Pioneer Cemetery in Overton.
“This was a horrible blow to us,” wrote Mary in her history. “A heartache nevertheless continues to be just after all these decades.”
Previously this yr, Genevieve’s niece Naomi Lytle Gibbs, and her partner Rollie Gibbs, came as a result of town to visit the cemetery plot where the kid was buried. They determined they needed to do something to honor minor Genevieve.
They acquired in speak to with Mr. Thompson, a nicely-acknowledged historian. With his aid they sketched and labored on the monument that would turn into the marker that now placed at Genevieve’s grave currently.
“The monument was erected, and a metal fence was fabricated and installed to protect the web-site,” explained Kurt Lytle. “The Lytle relatives satisfied at the site in Could of this 12 months to rejoice the achievement.”
Mary Lytle wore the locket, which was provided to Genevieve by the Chamber of Commerce, all all over her lifetime to bear in mind her dropped baby. It contained a lock of Genevieve’s hair. That product has turn into a cherished souvenir for the Lytle Relatives.
“We could not have completed this achievement without the need of the original function of Rollie and Naomi Gibbs. We are thankful for them,” said Kurt.
“This resident of Moapa Valley experienced a potent existence in the settlement of Nevada,” Kurt included. “And the glitzy Metropolis of Las Vegas can now easily obtain its firstborn kid resting in our attractive minor valley.”