Biography of Philip J. Roe


Roe, Philip J., Grand Island, p. o. Inland, was born in Buffalo, January 1, 1831, a son of Philip, who was born in Baden, Germany, in 1794. a linen weaver by trade. He came to Buffalo between 1825 and 1830, where he spent his remaining days. He was an honest and highly respected citizen and died in 1834, after quite a protracted illness. His wife later married Jacob Goal and removed to Canada where Philip J. grew to manhood. Philip J. Roe has cared for himself since thirteen years of age, following various occupations. When twenty-two he started for California, but only got as far as Grand Island, where he engaged in getting out timber and remained in one man's employ for seven years, during which time be cut 2,000 cords of wood. He then purchased a tract of thirty acres where he now lives. He has been a hard working, active man and has prospered and from time to time has purchased and sold land and now owns a well improved farm of seventy acres. For a number of years he devoted considerable attention to the breeding of horses, but he lost so many by death that he gave that enterprise up and has since given his whole attention to his farm. Mr. Roe is a staunch Democrat in politics and a strong believer in the cause of bimetalism. He has been elected and served six years as assessor and has also filled the offices of tax collector and constable and has often been chosen juryman. In 1854 he married Eve Gilsdurf, a native of Germany, born in 1834, and came to Buffalo in 1840 with her parents, Anthony and Mary Gilsdurf. To Mr. and Mrs. Roe were born six children; Philip A., Frank, Louisa, Julia, Caroline and Mary. Mr. and Mrs. Roe are members of the Roman Catholic church. His daughters are all dead; his sons are both married and farmers in Grand Island. Frank resides on the homestead and assists his father. He is a member of the Farmers' Alliance of Grand Island.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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