Biography of Leon H. Roberts
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Starting out in the world when a boy of fourteen years with no capital save energy and determination, Leon H. Roberts has steadily progressed toward the goal of his ambition and is now at the head of one of the leading printing firms of Toledo. He was born in Wood county, Ohio, March 19, 1876, and his parents, Lemuel T. and Isabelle (Williams) Roberts, were also natives of this state. For a number of years the father was prominently connected with the contracting business in Toledo but he is now living retired in this city, in which he has many friends. The mother passed away in 1894, while the family were residing in Wood county. To Mr. and Mrs. Roberts were born seven children, six of whom survive, namely: Mrs. Lucinda L. Shiffer, Wesley R., Earl L., Leon H.; Wilfred B. and Daniel M.

Leon H. Roberts acquired his education in the public schools of Walbridge, Wood county, Ohio, which he attended to the age of fourteen, when he began providing for his own support, learning the printer's trade in the employ of Harry Tiedke. During 1893 and 1894 he worked on the Toledo Blade and then secured a position with the Hackendorn Printing Company, remaining in the service of that firm until 1909, when he took over the business, which he has since conducted under the name of the Leon H. Roberts Printing Company. He is president of the firm, which does general commercial printing and gives employment to twenty persons. Mr. Roberts has a specialized knowledge of the printing business, with which he has been connected for forty six years, and his well equipped plant enables him to turn out work of superior quality. He also has other business interests, being a director of the Toledo Erie Cord Tire Company and the Stalker Advertising Company, important commercial enterprises of this city.

Mr. Roberts was married June 12, 1904, to Miss Myrtle M. Neidic of this city, a member of a prominent family of Butler, Indiana, and they have become the parents of a daughter, Mary Jane, who was born December 29, 1914, and is now a public school pupil. They are members of St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal church and Mr. Roberts is also identified with the Toledo Chamber of Commerce, the Ad Club, and the Toledo Automobile and Yacht clubs. His fraternal relations are with the Knights of Pythias, the Loyal Order of Moose and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He enlisted for service in the Spanish-American war, becoming a member of Company L, One Hundred and Fifty ninth Indiana Infantry, and was stationed at Camp Alger, Washington. He is a man of high personal standing, of marked business integrity and ability, and his record should serve to inspire and encourage others in similar circumstances, showing what may be accomplished when one has the will to dare and to do.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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