M. Dean Roller, attorney at law and member of the firm of Off & Roller, of North English, Iowa, was born
on the old Roller homestead in English township on the 28th of February, 1889, of the marriage of Michael and Eliza
E. (O'Brien) Roller, natives respectively of Hancock county, Ohio, and Johnson county, Iowa. The paternal grandfather,
George W. Roller, came to this county in 1853 and for two years sold land as a representative of an Ohio real estate
firm. In 1855 his family located here and the home was established upon land on section 13, English township, which
Mr. Roller entered from the government. He lived upon this homestead until about 1894, when he removed to North
English, where his death occurred. The maternal great grandfather of our subject, Richard O'Brien, was among the
very earliest pioneers of Johnson county, Iowa, and his son, John W. O'Brien, removed from that county to Iowa
county in 1866 and entered government land on section 24, English township. In 1905 his demise occurred in North
Michael Roller was but five years of age when he came with his parents to this county and here he grew to manhood.
Following his marriage, which was solemnized in this county, he farmed the Roller homestead for a number of years
and in the meantime acquired eighty acres of the O'Brien homestead and from time to time added to his land and
now holds title to an excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres, upon which he still resides.
M. Dean Roller remained at home during the period of his minority and during his boyhood and youth assisted his
father with the farm work. He was given excellent educational advantages, as he went from the district schools
to the North English high school, from which he was graduated in the class of 1908. The following fall he entered
the State University of Iowa at Iowa City, which conferred upon him the Bachelor of Arts degree with the class
of 1912. He then began the study of law and in 1914 received his professional degree. On the 26th of June of that
year he was admitted to the bar and in September he formed his present partnership, becoming junior member of the
firm of Off & Roller. The firm receives a fair share of the patronage of the public and Mr. Roller is known
as one of the young attorneys of promise of North English. His preparation for the profession has been most thorough
and as he has a mind which is naturally keen and logical, he is well fitted for his chosen life work and has already
gained the respect of his colleagues.
Mr. Roller is a democrat and keeps thoroughly informed as to the political situation and the issues that come before
the people. Fraternally he belongs to Triumph Lodge, No. 479, A. F. & A. M., of North English, and his religious
faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he is a member. His grandfather was one of the honored
pioneer settlers of the county, his father has contributed to the agricultural development of his locality and
our subject is adding to the honor in which the family name is held in the county as he is just and upright in
all of his dealings with his fellowmen.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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