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Biography of James B. Roberts, M. D.

James B. Roberts, M. D. A physician and surgeon of broad and successful experience, Dr. James B. Roberts had practiced for many years in Kansas, and had long been the leader in professional circles at Goff in Nemaha County. Doctor Roberts was born in Newton County, Indiana, February 18, 1857. His Roberts’ ancestors came originally from Wales and were pioneers in the State of Indiana. His father, Thomas Roberts, was born in that state in 1823 and became a pioneer in the northwestern part of the state in Newton County, where he followed farming until his death in 1858, when Doctor Roberts was only one year old. He was a democrat and a member of the Baptist Church. Thomas Roberts married Sarah A. Anderson, who was born in Ohio in 1829 and died at Des Moines, Iowa, in 1897. Doctor Roberts was the youngest of their four children. Amanda Ann, the oldest, died at Kansas City, Missouri, in 1909. She married Frank Smith, a brick mason and plasterer, who died in Omaha, Nebraska. William J., the second of the children, graduated from the Eclectic Medical University at Des Moines, Iowa, and was a succeasful physician and surgeon practicing at Springfield, Nebraska, until his death in 1897. Jennie is the wife of W. H. Jones, a real estate broker at Kansas City, Missouri. In 1863 Doctor Roberts’ mother removed to Iowa and he was reared and educated in that state. He attended the public schools at Hartford, the high school at Exira, and for three terms was a teacher in Audubon County. After that he had four years of rather...

Biography of Ward Salisbury

Ward Salisbury. The Salisbury family have been residents of Hiawatha County for over thirty years, and Mr. Ward Salisbury, who was a child when his father located there, had succeeded the older Salisbury as proprietor of the leading grain elevator and his business as a grain buyer extends all over that section of Kansas. Mr. Ward Salisbury was born in Norway, Herkimer County, New York, February 20, 1877. His lineage goes back for a number of generations in American history. The Salisburys came out of England and were colonists in New York. Mr. Salisbury is a member of the Sous of the American Revolution, a membership that proves one of his ancestors to have been among the fighting men of Revolutionary times. His father, N. Salisbury, was born in Herkimer County, New York, in 1846. He was reared and married in his native county, where he conducted a farm and also a cheese factory. On removing to Nebraska in 1883 he located at Springfield and was engaged in the lumber business. In 1886 he came to Hiawatha, Kansas, and was sucessfully engaged in the grain and coal business until his death in April, 1912. He was a republican, served as a member of the city council of Hiawatha, and was a member of the Masonic fraternity. N. Salisbury married Almira Collins, who was born in Herkimer County, New York, in 1850 and is still living at Hiawatha. They have four children: Floyd, who is associated with his brother in business at Hiawatha; Ada, wife of E. H. Hess, a carpenter living at Omaha, Nebraska; Ward; and the fourth child...

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