Elihu Frank Roberts, who is engaged in dairy farming at Westdale and has a well appointed establishment for
the conduct of this business, was born in the town of Florence, Oneida county, January 8, 1865. His parents were
Elisha and Henrietta (Edwards) Roberts, the former a native of Oneida county and the mother of Oswego county, New
York. Elisha Roberts was born in the town of Floyd, September 14, 1835, and was reared to the occupation of farming.
In early life he engaged in the lumber business in Florence and in Camden but later took up the active work of
developing and cultivating a farm, his place being in Florence, on Florence Hill. For a long period he carefully
tilled his fields and the practical methods which he followed brought him success. From his annual income he saved
a goodly sum and this in time enabled him to retire from active business life so that in his later years he was
enabled to enjoy a well earned rest. On the organization of the republican party he became one of its champions
and continued to support it until his demise, He attended the Methodist Episcopal church of Westdale, in Camden
township, and in that faith passed away August 14, 1908. His widow survives him and is now sixty six years of age,
her birth having occurred in June, 1845. They became the parents of five children: Elihu Frank of this review;
Minnie J., the wife of James Jeffers, of Camden; Hattie, deceased; Maude L., who married Charles Gibbs, of New
Britain, Connecticut; and Alto M., who has also passed away.
Elihu Frank Roberts pursued his education at Florence Hill and when not busy with his text books worked with his
father upon the home farm. He found this occupation congenial and at length purchased the interest of the other
heirs in the property. He now has the old homestead of thirty acres in Florence township and is engaged in dairy
farming. In all he has 250 acres of land. He regards the Holstein as the best cattle for his purpose and keeps
a herd of forty head upon his place. His stock is in good condition, his farm well equipped in every particular
and the neat and attractive appearance of his place indicates the careful supervision of the owner.
On the 24th of December, 1897, Mr. Roberts was united in marriage to Miss Estella Viola Brewer, a daughter of Lewis
and Marietta (Bushnell) Brewer, of Camden. Their children are: Walter E., who was born December 30, 1898, and died
on the 30th of January, 1899; Ruth M., born August 22, 1900; Doris H., Gladys L., and Bessie A. Mrs. Roberts was
born May 4, 1877, at Point Rock, New York. The household is a hospitable one and a cordial welcome is extended
to their many friends. Both Mr. and Mrs. Roberts attend the Methodist Episcopal church and his political support
is given to the republican party, the principles of which he has indorsed since age conferred upon him the right
of franchise. His is the creditable record of a man who has always led a busy and useful life and he is meeting
with honorable success as the reward of his labors.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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