James Alfred Roberts, son of David and Phoebe Roberts, was born at Bladensburg, Iowa, May 13, 1853. Passed away at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Clarence Weaver at North Platte, Nebr., at the age of 83 years, 7 months and 13 days.
His boyhood was spent in Iowa.
On August 2, 1875 he was married to Mrs. Mary Harmon at Memphis, Missouri. To this union were born twin daughters and two sons. In September 1885, they came to Nebraska and homesteaded south of Eustis, later moving north of Ingham where he spent 16 years. On retiring he spent a few years in Eustis and Farnam. He lost his companion in 1917.
He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ivy McElwain of Hastings; one daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Kline passed away in 1922; two sons, Orville of North Platte and Ross of Arapahoe, Colorado; three step-daughters, Mrs. Martha Easterday of Eustis, Mrs. Jessie Hill of Eugene, Oregon, and Mrs. Nellie Finley of Blue Mound, Kansas; twenty-nine grandchildren, a number of great grandchildren, also some great great grandchildren, and a few distant cousins, he being the last of his family.
He was an honest, kindly man, a friend to all, and nothing pleased more than to visit with old friends and neighbors.
During his last years he was afflicted and his passing is but a release unto a fuller and better life.
Funeral services were held at the Eustis Methodist church Sunday afternoon. Burial was in the Eustis cemetery.
The Farnam Echo 55(17):1, Thursday, January 2, 1936
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