Frank H. Roberts. One
of the best known operators in real estate and loans in Woodward
County is Frank II. Roberts, who has been engaged in this business at
Quinlan since 1902. Skilled in realty values, a man of practical
experience, business acumen and great foresight, while carrying on
his operations and gaining personal success he has contributed
materially to the growth and prosperity of his adopted community
through the introduction of new blood into the business veins of this
thriving and productive part of Oklahoma.
Mr. Roberts was born
February 3, 1865, at Des Moines, Iowa, and is a son of Benjamin
Franklin and Elizabeth Jane (Hendrickson) Roberts. He belongs to a
family which originated in Wales and the founder of which in America
was his grandfather, who upon his arrival in this country located at
Martinsville, Indiana, with his wife, whom he had married shortly
for the new home
across the waters. Benjamin F. Roberts was born at Martinsville,
Indiana, in 1832, and early in life developed talents as an inventor
and architect, in connection with which latter profession he carried
on building. It was as an architect that he won reputation,
particularly in Iowa, where he constructed many buildings after his
arrival in 1858 and assisted in the creation and construction of the
capitol building at Des Moines. In 1885 he went to Nebraska, where he
continued his career in architecture until his death, at Fremont,
September 20, 1896. Although a man of eminent talents, he was never
wont to push himself forward, and while an ardent and unswerving
democrat, never sought favors at the hands of his party. In 1858 Mr.
Roberts was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Jane Hendrickson,
who was born in Indiana in 1838, a daughter of Ezekiel and Lydia
(Tilford) Hendrickson, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter
of Virginia. She died at Fremont, Nebraska, in 1902, in the faith of
the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which throughout her life she had
been a devout member. Mr. and Mrs. Roberts were the parents of two
sons and three daughters, all of whom are living, as follows: Alice
Douglass, born in 1857, who was married in 1880 to George E.
Jennings, now postmaster of Garden Grove, Iowa, and has three
children–Bessie Lyle, Georgia and Marian; Elizabeth Maude, born in
1861, and now the wife of J. A. Shields; Benjamin T., born in 1863;
Frank H.; and Hattie G., born in 1867, and now the wife of Henry J.
Smith, of Omaha, Nebraska.
Frank H. Roberts was
educated in the public schools of Leon, Iowa, and was twenty years of
age when he removed with his parents to Nebraska, in 1885. There for
three years he was engaged in working on a stock ranch and at the end
of that period accepted a position as a salesman for a clothing house
at Fremont. After five years in this position he was sent on the road
as traveling representative in the Black Hills country, a vocation in
which he met with success and formed a wide acquaintance all over
that region. Mr. Roberts came to Quinlan in 1902, and here
established himself in the real estate and loan business,
an enterprise in which he has continued with success to the present
time. He has been successful in interesting outside capital in
Woodward County lands and has encouraged settlement, both in the
towns and farming districts, while his broad and practical knowledge
has made him a valuable medium in the consummation of a number of
important deals. He is a democrat, but has not cared for public
office, preferring to be known as a business man without political
aspirations. Fraternally he is well known in Masonry, being a
thirty-second degree Mason and a member of Guthrie Consistory.
Mr. Roberts was
married June 11, 1895, at Genoa, Nebraska, to Miss Minnie G. Gardner,
who was born September 11, 1868, at Lostant, Illinois, a daughter of
Milton G. and Louise J. (Kays) Gardner, the former a native of
Pennsylvania and the latter of Illinois. Prior to her marriage Mrs.
Roberts was engaged in teaching public school for a number of years,
and became known as one of Iowa’s efficient and popular educators.
Mr. and Mrs. Roberts are the parents of two daughters: Frances
Louise, born at Genoa. Nebraska, April 12, 1905; and Ruth Elizabeth,
born at Woodward, Oklahoma, January 31, 1907.