- GEORGE W. ROBERTS, M.D., is a prominent physician and surgeon,
as well as one of the
- more influential citizens of Albany, Green county, and for
many years has taken a leading part in the public affairs of
- Dr. ROBERTS was born in the town of Bennington, Licking Co.,
Ohio, April 10, 1841, a son of
- Jonathan and Maria (DAVIS) ROBERTS, both born in Maine. Of
their three children, two are now living, Dr. George W. and Freeman
L., and both make their home in Albany. The father, who was a
farmer, moved from Ohio to Wisconsin late in 1844, and located
on a farm of 160 acres five miles north of Janesville, Rock county.
There his wife died in 1871, at the age of sixty-nine. He survived
her many years, and spent the last twenty years of his life in
the home of his son, Dr. George W., dying in 1894, at the venerable
age of eighty-nine years and seven months. Early in life he and
his wife united with the Free-Will Baptist Church, but for many
years before his death he had been an ordained minister of the
Church of the United Brethren in Christ. Thomas ROBERTS, his
father, a farmer, was born of Welsh ancestors, in Maine, where
he spent his entire active life, and lacked only a few months
of being one hundred years old at the time of his death. He served
in the war of 1812. In his later years he came to Wisconsin,
and lived with his children near Sheboygan. He reared a large
family. Samuel DAVIS, the father of Mrs. Maria (DAVIS) ROBERTS,
was a physician, of Irish descent. He died in the East, when
about sixty years old, and left a large family.
- George W. ROBERTS was only three years old when he was brought
into Rock county by his
- parents, on their removal to Wisconsin. He was reared on
the farm, and attended the district school. For some time he
was a student at Milton College, and in 1866 took up the study
of medicine, and was graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago
in 1869. The first year of his professional life was spent in
Cooksville, Wis., and then he came to Albany, where he had practiced
to some extent since 1867.
- Dr. ROBERTS and Miss Betsy OLSON were married May 3, 1857,
when he had just passed
- his sixteenth birthday. She was a daughter of Ole OLSON,
and became the mother of five sons, Walter C., William D., Frederick
W., Leonard G. and Eugene W. Walter C. became a physician, and
opened an office in Maywood, where he died in June, 1897; he
married Miss Minnie JENNISON. William D. married Miss Carrie
BURNS, who is now dead, and they had one daughter, Sherlie N.;
he is a graduate from the department of pharmacy of the University
of Wisconsin, and since 1893 has been a druggist in Albany, in
partnership with his father, the firm being G. W. ROBERTS &
Son. Frederick W. is a dentist at Burlington, Wis.; he married
Miss Anna HEDGAN. Leonard G. died when a little under two years
old. Eugene W. is still in school. Mrs. ROBERTS is a member of
the Methodist Church, and her husband belongs to Albany Lodge,
No. 36, A.F. & A.M., and Evansville Chapter, No. 35, R.A.M.
He is a member of the Wisconsin State Medical Society, and the
Central Wisconsin Medical Society. He is a Republican politically,
and is highly considered by those who know him best.
- Taken from "Commemorative Biographical Record of
the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin,"
(c)1901 Union Publishing; pp. 764-765.
- Courtesy of Carol.