Biography of George A. Roberts

George A. Roberts is entrusted with the responsibilities and intricacies of the post office at Culdesac, while he also oversees his farm, which lies two and one half miles northeast from the town. He is a man of uprightness and integrity and stands well in the community, has had considerable experience in this western country and has wrought with a strong hand and manifestation of sagacity in the development of the resources of the country.

George A. Roberts was born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, on September 17, 1861, being the son of Joseph and Sarah (Unangst) Roberts. The father was a carpenter, born in Ohio, in 1833, a pioneer to Iowa, and now lives in Missouri. His father was born in Vermont. The mother of our subject was burn in Pennsylvania in 1839 and still lives. Her parents were natives of Pennsylvania also.

When George was three years old the family came to Jackson County, Iowa, and there he grew to young manhood. He attended the schools of his native place, and worked between times. At the age of twenty he decided to try the issues of fortune for himself and so came west to Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. For fifteen months he resided in the Willamette valley and then came to Walla Walla. He married there and went to Whitman County, taking a preemption and timber culture. He did well, then sold out and railroaded for a couple of years, after which he repaired to Lincoln County and raised stock until the Nez Perce reservation opened up. It was in 1896 that he took his present place which he improved in good shape. He has fine orchard, buildings, and so forth. In 1901 he was appointed postmaster at Culdesac and he has discharged the duties incumbent upon him there in a becoming manner and with credit to himself and the community.

On September 4, 1884, Mr. Roberts married Miss Mattie, daughter of Daniel and Mary (Spear) Learning. The father of Mrs. Roberts is a stockman, born in Indiana, in 1822. The mother was born in Ohio in 1836 and died in 1895. Mrs. Roberts was born in Thayer County, Nebraska, in 1863, being the first white child burn in the County. She has the following brothers and sisters: Carrie Hamlin, in Culdesac; Frances Logsdon, at Endicott, Washington; Wesley, in the Colville reservation, Washington. To Mr. and Mrs. Roberts have been born three children, Montie, deceased; Blanche, and Evertie. Mr. Roberts has brothers and sisters named as follows: Park, Minnie Latshaw, Minor, Earl, and Bertrand.

Mr. Roberts is a member of the I. O. O. F., while his wife is a member of the Presbyterian Church. In political matters he is allied with the Republicans and takes an active hand in this realm, always attending the conventions and primaries. He labors incessantly for good schools and is clerk of the board at the present.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903

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