John J. Roberts is an important factor in the financial life of Knoxville, as he is cashier of the Knoxville
National Bank, one of the leading moneyed institutions of the county. He was born in Crawford county, Ohio, on
the 23d of September, 1867, a son of John A. and Susan A. (Moore) Roberts, both natives of that state. His maternal
grandfather was James Moore, a farmer of Crawford county. John A. Roberts served in the Civil war, being a member
of Company C, One Hundred and First Regiment, Ohio Volunteers, and was wounded in the battle of Murfreesboro. He
was a noncommissioned officer, being sergeant. In 1869 he brought his family to Knoxville, Iowa, and for several
years was principal of the public schools here. He also taught in other places but later in life was a traveling
salesman for a number of years. He lived retired for some time before his death, which occurred on the rst of April,
1912. His widow survives. He was an active member of the Presbyterian church and held the office of elder. In political
affairs he was a republican, and fraternally he belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He had five children,
namely: John J., of this review; Della, who married L. B. Meyers, a resident of El Reno, Oklahoma; William L.,
who lives in Knoxville; Roy M., a traveling salesman living in Knoxville; and Fannie, also a resident of this city
and the wife of Ed Butterfield, by whom she has a son, Arthur Edwin.
John J. Roberts was reared and educated in Knoxville, as were his brothers and sisters. After leaving school he
went on the road with his father for one winter, but in 1887, when twenty years of age, entered the employ of the
Knoxville National Bank as bookkeeper. He proved faithful to trust and apt in learning the banking routine and
also displayed a ready understanding of the commercial and monetary principles that underlie the banking business.
His ability won him promotion to the office of assistant cashier and on the 12th of April, 1910, he was made cashier.
Since that time he has held that responsible position and under his administrative direction the affairs of the
bank have prospered and it has served the community well and also paid good dividends to its stockholders. Its
policy is one of progressiveness balanced by sufficient conservatism to insure the safety of the funds deposited
Mr. Roberts married Miss Adda M. Myers, a daughter of W. R. and Esther C. (Craddick) Myers, of Knoxville. To Mr.
and Mrs. Roberts have been born two children: Esther and Harold, both at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Roberts belong to the Presbyterian church. He is a stanch republican in politics and has served as
school treasurer. He is identified with a number of fraternal organizations here, being a member of Oriental Lodge,
No. 61, F. & A. M., of which he is past master; and of the Knights of Pythias, in which he has held all of
the chairs; and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he is past grand. He is also a grand master of the
exchequer of the grand lodge of Iowa of the Knights of Pythias. His life has been one of enterprise and of constant
striving to increase his efficiency, and the responsible place he holds in banking circles in the county has been
won by merit and industry, and the esteem which is entertained for him personally by his fellow citizens is equally
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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