Biography of Eugene W. Roland
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EUGENE W. ROLAND
Eugene W. Roland, of Oakland, is numbered among the able and successful lawyers of Alameda county, having a reputation as a sound and dependable attorney and counselor. Mr. Roland was born in Quincy, Illinois, on the 27th day of November, 1879, and is a son of John W. and Lucia M. (Kingman) Roland, the former born in Steubenville, Ohio, and the latter in Quincy, Illinois, their marriage occurring in Quincy. J. W. Roland served for nineteen years as train dispatcher on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, and then moved his family to Orange, California, where he purchased an orange ranch. He gave his attention to that until 1887, when the family moved to Oakland, and he entered the employ of the Southern Pacific Railroad at San Francisco, with which company he remained more than twenty years, when he was retired on a pension. He is now eighty two years of age and survives his wife who died in Oakland. He is a republican in his political affiliation and is a faithful member of the First Presbyterian church.

Eugene W. Roland was about three years of age when the family came to California and he spent his early boyhood at Orange. He attended the public schools of Oakland, graduating from the high school in December, 1896, and in August, 1897, entered the University of California, from which he was graduated in 1901. Having determined to follow the practice of law, he attended Hastings Law College, in San Francisco, for two years, at the same time studying law and clerking with the law firm of Campbell, Fitzgerald, Abbott and Fowler. He passed the state bar examinations and was admitted to practice in September, 1904. He began the practice of his profession in the offices of Fitzgerald & Abbott in San Francisco, continuing until the great fire of 1906, in which his office, files and books were burned. Later he became the San Francisco attorney for the American Surety Company of New York, a relation which he sustained for four years, after which he was appointed Pacific Coast manager for the bonding department of the Royal Indemnity Company. In April, 1913, Mr. Roland resigned that position and began the private practice of law in Oakland, which he still continues. Well grounded in the basic principles of jurisprudence, a determined and resourceful lawyer and an honest and careful counselor, he has gained the public confidence to the extent that his practice hag steadily grown through the years, and today he is regarded as one of the reliable lawyers of his city.

On December 25, 1917, Mr. Roland was united in marriage to Miss Bessie Helen Beatty, a native of Oakland, and graduate of its grade and high schools. Mr. Roland is a republican in politics and has taken an active interest in civic and public affairs. He served from January, 1919, to July, 1920, as deputy city attorney of Oakland, and in 1924 was elected to represent the Thirty seventh assembly district of Alameda county in the state legislature. His record for faithful and efficient service in that body earned for him a reelection in 1926 and he thus served through two sessions. He is now a candidate for a third term. He is a member of Sequoia Lodge, F. & A. M., and has attained the thirty second degree of the Scottish Rite; and is active in Aahmes Temple of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is a past president of the Oakland Orpheus Club, and belongs to the Bohemian Club of San Francisco and the Alpha Delta Phi college fraternity. Mrs. Roland is an accomplished musician, specializing in piano and organ, is a member of the Ebell Club of Oakland and is extremely popular in the circles in which she moves. Mr. Roland is a man of agreeable personality, candid and straightforward in manner and shows a commendable interest in everything affecting the welfare of his community, so that he well merits the high esteem in which he is held wherever he is known.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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