Henry W. Roberts, who is identified with the manufacturing interests of Clinton, has been a resident
of this village for thirty eight years, except an interval of five years in Utica during thirty three of which
he has been connected with commercial and industrial enterprises. Mr. Roberts was born in Deerfield, Oneida county,
on the 1st of December, 1858, and is a son of Ellis R. and Ann (Johns) Roberts, also natives of this county. The
paternal grandfather, Ellis Roberts, settled in Utica in 1818.
The first fifteen years of his life Henry W. Roberts spent in his native village, acquiring his early education
in the public schools of Utica, following which he attended the Clinton Grammar School. The family removed to Clinton
in 1873, where the father engaged in the grocery business, and four years thereafter Henry W. Roberts began his
business career as a clerk in his father's store. At the expiration of three years he entered the employ of E.
S. Benedict, a druggist of Clinton, where he acquired sufficient knowledge of the business to enable him to obtain
a position in 1883 in the wholesale drug house of Comstock Bros. of Utica. Returning to Clinton at the end of five
years he bought out Corry & Bailey, grocers, continuing to be identified with that business until 1907 when
he disposed of his interests to H. E. Thomas & Co. He subsequently established the Clinton Knitting Company,
of which industry he was made treasurer and manager. He has ever since been connected with this concern, which
has developed to such an extent that it is becoming recognized as one of the promising industries of Clinton.
In this village on the 28th of November. 1883, Mr. Roberts was united in marriage to Miss Anna Clark, a daughter
of Patrick and Margaret (Duffy) Clark, and they have become the parents of two children: Gertrude Marie and Leo
The family affiliates with the Presbyterian church of which Mr. Roberts is one of the trustees. His fraternal relations
are confined to the Masonic Order, his local identification being with Clinton Lodge, No. 169, A. F. & A. M.
He also belongs to the Skenandoah Club. Ever since attaining his majority Mr. Roberts has been an advocate of the
principles of the republican party. He takes an active and helpful interest in municipal affairs and served for
three years as town clerk and trustee of the village for one, while for ten years hem was an Oneida county committeeman
from the town of Kirkland and for six he discharged the duties of county treasurer and served on the school board
for eighteen years. Hips record as a public official has ever been above suspicion or question as is readily attested
by the period of his service and the responsibility of the various offices with which he has been connected. Mr.
Roberts is one of the well regarded citizens of the village as well as one of its capable and reliable business
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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