Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
ROBERT D. ROBERTS lives about
two miles south from St. Andrews where he does general farming. He
is also interested in handling farm machinery and brought in some of the
first steam threshers in this section. Mr. Roberts was also one of
the first to introduce Clyde horses in this county, and is altogether a
progressive and enterprising man.
Robert D. Roberts was born in Wisconsin, on
October 14, 1861, the son of Robert G. and Elizabeth (Williams) Roberts,
natives of Wales and emigrants to Wisconsin, while it was yet a frontier
country. Our subject received the ordinary education of the Wisconsin
youth in the public schools and remained in the Badger State until twenty
years of age. He came to Douglas county in 1881, settling just north
of Hartline where he took a timber culture and preemption and homestead
later. Subsequently, he removed to his present estate of one quarter
section, which has been the home place ever since.
Mr. Roberts has the following brothers and
sisters, George R., John, David, James, Mrs. Lizzie Perry, Miss Sarah,
Mrs. Ellen Hutretherch, Mrs. Mariem Muir and Mary.
At Hartline, in 1889, Mr. Roberts married
Kate Williams and to them three children have been born, Evelyn M., Walter
and Bessie, all natives of this county. Owing to unavoidable and
compelling circumstances, Mr. Roberts was obliged to secure a decree, annulling
this marriage. On June 27, 1900, Mr. Roberts married Mrs. Lulu Warrington,
daughter of H. H. and Opha M. (Cook) Ames, natives of New York and pioneers
to Douglas county. To this marriage two children have been born,
Mary Ethlyn on August 27, 1902; and Evan H., on August 11, 1904.
Mrs. Roberts was born in Borden county, Minnesota, on June 7, 1865 and
has six brothers, Charles B., John W., Arthur, Freemont D., George L.,
and Frederick C. By her former mariage, Mrs. Roberts has two children,
Orrin P. and Tom E.
Mr. Roberts is a member of the M. W. A. and
is one of the prosperous and energetic citizens of the county.