Laurence S Roberts


LAURENCE S. ROBERTS, attorney at law, located at Leechburg, Pa., was born in Green township, Indiana Co., Pa., near Pine Flats, Nov. 9, 1875, a son of John Roberts and grandson of Roberts (sic) Roberts.

Roberts Roberts was born in Wales and was the pioneer of the family in America. He settled first near Pittsburgh, Pa., but later moved to Green township, Indiana county, where he engaged in farming for some years before his death.

John Roberts, son of Roberts Roberts and father of Laurence S., was born in Wales in December, 1834, and was five years old when his parents brought him to the United States. After a number of years during which he was successfully engaged in the lumber business in Green township he located at Homer, in Indiana county, where he engaged in the manufacturer of incubators. He was a man of mechanical genius and some of his inventions were extremely practical. His death occurred Jan. 21, 1906, and he was buried at Indiana, Pa. He married Jane Griffith, daughter of Evan and Sarah (Stevens) Griffith, and she is a resident of Leechburg at the present time. They had the following children: Robert, Grant, Sarah E., Emma E., Laurence S. and Albert P. Sarah E. is the wife of John Duncan, postmaster of Leechburg.

Laurence S. Roberts completed the common school course in Indiana county and the high school course at Ann Arbor, Mich., afterward teaching school for one year in his native county. Later he became a clerk in the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and subsequently traveled for one year, after which he entered the University of Michigan, and was graduated from its law department in the class of 1900. Mr. Roberts returned to Pennsylvania and accepted the position of timekeeper for the American Sheet and Tin Plate Company, at Leechburg, later becoming assistant day manager, and afterward assistant night manager. On Nov. 20, 1903, he was admitted to practice in the Armstrong county courts, and on May 22, 1911, to the Supreme court. He has been very successful in general practice, and was the attorney representing eight hundred petitioners for the adjudication of bankruptcy against the Leechburg Banking Company, in 1908.

In addition to his law practice Mr. Roberts has important agricultural and real estate interests, owns the Enterprise Lumber Company, at Leechburg, and is one of the stockholders of the Farmers' National Bank of Leechburg and its attorney. He belongs to the Leechburg Board of Trade. His valuable farm of fifty-two acres is situated in Burrell township, Armstrong county, while his improved real estate lies at Leechburg, Homer and Blairsville. Politically he is a Republican.

On May 15, 1900, Mr. Roberts was married to Nellie O. Coup, daughter of Wallace W. and Marion Coup, and they have four children: Harold L., Cathryn E., Floyd S. and Marion C. Mr. Roberts and family are members of the Presbyterian Church and he is a member of the Sunday-school class that is somewhat noted as being under the instruction of Dr. J. A. Armstrong. He belongs to Leechburg Lodge, No. 577, F. & A. M.

Source: Page 598, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed January 1999 by Connie Mateer for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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