|Birth: ||Jan. 12, 1843|
|Death: ||Oct. 15, 1897|
Died, Friday afernoon, October 15, at the family residence, 112 North Walnut street, Colonel Edward Reese Roberts, aged 54 years. The news of Mr. Roberts' death will be received with profound regret by a large number of his friends and acquaintances. He was a resident of this city for over thirty years and during that time won the friendship of a host of citizens who will long cherish his memory. For four months Colonel Roberts had been in ill health. During the past three weeks he continued to grow worse until the end came. Heart failure was the immediate cause of his death.
Colonel Roberts was born in Tremont, Tazewell county, this state, in 1843. He spent his childhood days in that county and when a youth came to Springfield. He entered the high school and was in one of the first classes graduated from the old high school building. After completing his education he entered the dry goods store of Benjamin & Co on the south side of the square and remained there until the opening of the war. He first enlisted in Company I, Seventh Illinois infantry, as a private. He served in this rank for five months when he was elected second lieutenant. Shortly after he was elected captain of Company C, and was mustered out with rank of captain. At the close of the war he was ranked as colonel by President Andrew Johnson. The deceased was a prisoner at Columbia, S.C., for many months during the latter part of the war. He escaped from the prison the same day that Major Edward Strickland of this city did. They both came direct to this city and one did not know the other had escaped until they met on the street in Springfield.
After the war Colonel Roberts entered the gentlemen's furnishing business with his brother, C. D. Roberts. They were in partnership several years, until Colonel Roberts was elected city comptroller and the partnership was dissolved. He served in this office for two terms and then made the race for clerk of the circuit court. He was elected. He served two terms. Subsequently for four years he was chief clerk in the same office. During the term of Auditor Gore, Colonel Roberts was appointed one of the state bank examiners and held that position until the time of his death.
He was a member of St. Paul's lodge, A. F.& A.M., the Knights Templar commandery and Chapter No. 1, R. A. M. He also belonged to Mendell post, Grand Army of the Republic, and always took an active interest in the welfare of the society.
He is survived by his widow, three sons, Charles Edward, Thomas A. and William H. Roberts, residing in this city, two brothers Charles D., of this city, and John G. Roberts of Pekin, and one sister, Mrs. Mary R. Pease of this city.
The funeral services will be held at Christ church at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. Alexander Allen will conduct the services and Elwood commandery will conduct the services at the grave.
IL State Journal, Springfield, IL 10-16-1897
David Roberts (1800 - 1886)
Catharine Gray Roberts (1810 - 1897)
Jennie Turney Roberts (1841 - 1916)*
Mary Turney Roberts (____ - 1878)*
Charles Edward Roberts (1869 - 1936)*
William Henry Roberts (1876 - 1940)*
Mary Roberts Pease (1830 - 1905)*
Robert G. Roberts (1832 - 1885)*
Anna G. Roberts (1834 - 1896)*
Thomas G. Roberts (1836 - 1855)*
Jane Amelia Roberts Ingalls (1838 - 1874)*
John G. Roberts (1840 - 1912)*
Edward Reese Roberts (1843 - 1897)
William R Roberts (1845 - 1847)*
Charles David Roberts (1848 - 1923)*
Joseph M Roberts (1853 - 1859)*
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Plot: Block 10, 142
Maintained by: BjJ
Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
Record added: Feb 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24892796
Added: Oct. 25, 2012