Charles Francis Roberson, owner manager of Boyce & Roberson, coal and material dealers, is recognized as
one of the able business men of Saranac Lake. He was born at Greenwich, N. Y., Sept. 26, 1879, the son of David
F. and Sophia Abigail (White) Roberson.
David F. Roberson was born at Greenwich in 1829, the son of Francis Roberson, one of the pioneers in developing
Washington County, N. Y. The family originally came from England and settled in New York during the early part
of the 18th century. In 1865 David F. Roberson married Miss Sophia Abigail White, and to them were born five children,
of whom Charles Francis, the subject of this sketch, was the fourth in order of birth.
Charles Francis Roberson was graduated from Greenwich High School in 1895. He spent two years at Albany Business
College, and for four years was employed in the offices of an Albany law firm. On account of ill health Mr. Roberson
came to Saranac Lake in 1901, and for a short time was employed in the office of H. P. Coats, attorney, who later
became State Senator. After a year's residence here Mr. Roberson went to Long Island, N. Y., but in 1904 returned
to Saranac Lake and became a bookkeeper at Saranac Inn. After a short time he became associated in business with
Willard Boyce, and they became successful dealers in coal, ice, feed, gravel and petroleum products. Mr. Boyce
died in 1928 and at that time Mr. Roberson acquired control of the business, although the firm name was retained.
A store building was erected by the company in 1923 at 22 Woodruff Street, and in 1931 a service station was bunt
on the opposite corner.
In 1915 Mr. Roberson married Miss Roda G. Distin, the daughter of William L. Distin, for many years a leading photographer
of Saranac Lake, now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Roberson have been born three sons: 1. David Francis, born in 1918.
2. Donald Charles, born in 1925. 3. Douglas William, born in 1928.
Mr. Roberson is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church and belongs to Masonic and Elk Lodges, Saranac
Club, Saranac Boat and Waterways Club, Saranac Lake Golf Club, and Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Roberson was one of the promoters of the Saranac Hotel Corporation and is a stockholder. He and his family
live at 47 Riverside Drive.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Franklin County, NY
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Names M to Z
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