Biography of William H. Roose
Lucas County, OH Biographies

William H. Roose, who for a third of a century was numbered among Toledo's successful attotneys, passed away on the 28th of October, 1922, when sixty four years of age. He was born in Stark county, Ohio, March 18, 1858, on .a farm which was also the birthplace of his father, John Roose, who devoted his life to agricultural pursuits. John Roose married Miss Harriet Zentz, also a native of Stark county, and they always remained residents of Ohio save for a period of about eight years which was spent in Indiana. They were the parents of ten children, four of whom are deceased. William H. Roose being one of them. Those who survive are: Lorenzo D. of Topeko. Kansas; Andrew, a resident of Hillsdale. Michigan; J. Frank, who is living in Topeka; Mrs. Ida A. Wineland of Hillsdale; Mrs. Nettie E. Clifton, who is living in Williams county, Ohio; and Albert P., of Garrett, Indiana.

William H. Roose attended the grammar schools of his native county and the high school at West Unity, Ohio. afterward becoming a law student at the University of Michigan, from which he was graduated in 1885, with the LL.B. degree. He began his professional career at Bryan, Ohio, where he remained for four years. and in 1889 he came to Toledo, where he engaged in practice to the time of his demise, specializing in municipal bonds. He was regarded as an authority in this field and as the years passed his clientele steadily increased. He was well versed in all branches of jurisprudence and ever conformed his practice to the highest standards of professional ethics.

On the 26th of August, 1890, at Perrysburg, Ohio, Mr. Roose was married to Miss Emily J. Adams, a daughter of Rev. G. A. Adams, who for fifty years was a minister of the Presbyterian church. Mr. and Mrs. Roose have four children: Gertrude; the eldest, is a native of Toledo and acquired her education in the public schools of Perrysburg and at Columbia University of New York city; Marian was born in Perrysburg, and after completing her public school training she became a student at Wellesley College and later entered the law department of the University of Michigan, which conferred upon her the LL. B. degree; George A., the only son in the family, is also a native of Perrysburg and obtained his academic training at Oberlin College, this state, while later he entered the Harvard Law School, from which he was graduated in 1922, with the LL B degree. During the World war he enlisted in the United States army and served for two years in Italy; Frances A., the youngest of the children, was born in Perrysburg and after completing her course in one of the high schools of Toledo she attended Oberlin College. She is know a student at the University of Michigan, being a member of the class of 1924. The family reside in Perrysburg and for eleven years Mr. Roose was a member of its board of education, in which connection he rendered valuable service to the community. He was a Presbyterian in religious faith and a member of the Michigan University Club and the Ohio State Bar Association. He made continuous progress in his profession, and natural talent and acquired ability won for him a place among the strong and able lawyers at the bar of Toledo, while his genuine personal worth gained for him the high esteem of many friends.

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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