John W. Roby

John W. Roby one of the leading attorneys of Lima,
and one of the city's educated and forceful men, was born at Delphos,
Ohio, January 9, 1868, and is the only son of John and Linda (Searing)
       John Roby was born in Bavaria Germany, March 31, 1839, and was a
son of John and Mary (Munger) Roby, both natives of Germany.  When he
was about six years old his parents immigrated to America, landing in New
York and proceeding from there to Perryville, Wood County, Ohio.  The
mother, worn out by the long journey, died at Buffalo, New York, before
reaching their destination, leaving four children. Subsequently our
subject's grandfather married again, and after the death of his second
wife he went to live with his daughter Mary, at Maumee, and there he
died in 1882. 
          John Roby, father of our subject, was seven years old when his
mother died, and in those days it was no easier for a boy to grow up
without a mother's love and tenderness than it is at present.  When he
was about 20 years old he began teaming, later bought a canal-boat which
he operated three years, and then engaged for three years in a produce
business, after which he opened a hotel at Delphos.   He continued as
manager of this until the completion of the new Plelan House, which
hostelry he conducted until his death.  He was a man of genial nature
and was very popular with the traveling public.  He died in 1898.  
           Our subject was reared in Allen County and was graduated from
the public schools at Delphos in 1884.  He then entered the Ohio
Wesleyan University at Delaware, Ohio, and after two years there spent
two years at Yale College where the degrees of M. L. and LL. B. were
conferred upon him.  He was graduated from the law department in June,
1891 and was immediately admitted to the bar.  he began at once to
practice at Delphos, in partnership with H. A. Reeve, and in 1895
entered into a partnership with Hon. John E. Richie, of Lima.  This
partnership was dissolved July 1, 1905.  Mr. Roby is prominent in his
profession all over the county, and is also known favorably in business
circles, being president of the Townsend Grocery Company, of Lima.        
          Mr. Roby was married to Eveline Curren, a daughter of J. T.
Curren, of Delaware, Ohio, and they have these children: Mary K., Martha
A. and Annette.  The family is members of Christ Protestant Episcopal
Church. Their beautiful family home is at No. 121 South Baxter Street,
while Mr. Roby's well-appointed offices are at Nos. 409-411 Holland
         Politically Mr. Roby is a Democrat.  He is one of the valued
members of the Allen County Bar Association and at present is president
of that organization.