Biography of Willard L. Roller
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Willard L. Roller is a leading citizen of Columbus, where he is maintenance of way engineer for the Hocking Valley Railway Company. He was born at Elgin, Van Wert County, Ohio, February 22, 1881, the son of Urban C. and Nancy E. (Smith) Roller.

Urban C. Roller, deceased, was a well known farmer of Van Wert County. He was born in Mahoning County, Ohio, in 1849, and died in 1882. He is buried in Tomlinson Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. His wife died in 1898. Mr. Roller was a Democrat and a member of the United Brethren Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Roller were born six children, as follows: Cora, married Walter A. Brown, lives at Ohio City, Ohio; John C., lives at Elgin, Ohio; Adah, married William C. Prichard, lives at Lima, Ohio; Goldie, married Elden Schindledecker, lives at Fort Wayne, Indiana; Willard L., the subject of this sketch; and Urban Curtis, deceased.

Willard L. Roller was reared and educated at Mendon, Ohio, and was a teacher in the schools of Mercer County after his graduation from Mendon High School in 1899. He spent three years at Ohio State University and subsequently entered the employ of the Jeffrey Manufacturing Company as a draftsman. In November, 1907, he became identified with the Hocking Valley Railway Company as a time keeper and two years later was appointed assistant division engineer. In June, 1910, he became assistant engineer in charge of construction, but in May, 1915, left the company's employ to become resident engineer in charge of construction on the Chesapeake and Ohio Northern Railroad. In October, 1917, Mr. Roller returned to the Hocking Valley Railroad Company as assistant engineer in charge of construction and in October, 1925, was made maintenance of way engineer. He is a member of the Columbus Engineers Club, American Association of Engineers, and American Railway Engineering Association.

In 1905 Mr. Roller married Miss Laura Willcutt, the daughter of George and Belle (Severns) Willcutt, natives of Mercer County, Ohio. Mr. Willcutt is deceased and his widow lives at Mendon. Mrs. Roller died in 1919, being survived by four children: Ruth N., graduate nurse in Columbus; Robert S., employed by the Hocking Valley Railway Company; George Urban, and Jane Elizabeth, both students. On August 26, 1920, Mr. Roller married Miss Ethel Bryers, the daughter of Robert and Sarah Bryers, of McMillan, Michigan. They have two children, Winifred S. and Mary Mice Roller.

Mr. Roller is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and belongs to Mingo Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Scioto Consistory, Thirty second degree, Knights of Pythias, and Varsity "O" Association. He is a Democrat.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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