Biography of James T. Roberts
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James T. Roberts was born in Ontario Co., N. Y., May 9, 1826, and is a son of Truman Roberts, who was a well known manufacturer of edge tools in the village of Vienna, N. Y. James T. early learned the trade of his father and became very proficient. In 1850, when Grand Rapids was but a small village, Mr. Roberts came to that place, upon the earnest solicitation of Cook and Blaine, who were then manufacturing edge tools in Grand Rapids. They were ignorant of the Lehigh process of making axes, and they desired to learn. Mr. Roberts, being an expert, decided to come. He prepared his forge and made 24 axes daily, while by the other process they could only make six axes a day to each forge. This was the first introduction ot the Lehigh process in Grand Rapids, and it is justly due Mr. Roberts to say that he first introduced the improved process in Michigan. He returned by stage via Battle Creek in the spring of 1851. In the fall of 1851 he removed to Ionia Co., Mich., and established a manufactory there. He also made wagons, buggies and sleighs. He came to Rockford in 1880, where he now carries on a blacksmith shop, and has a large business. He was married in 1850 to Miss Mary E. Bigelow, by whom he has three children - Emma, Frank T. and Ida M. Mr. Roberts served in the Navy Departmeht during the war, on the gunboat "Benton."

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