Roberts Family Papers, 1853-1994  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Roberts, Alvin Brown
Title
Roberts Family Papers
Dates
1853-1994 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.5 linear feet, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
HTM_WCMss55
Summary
Newspaper articles, personal notebooks and sketches, genealogical materials, published articles of an early pioneer family.
Repository
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Penrose Library, Room 130
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
99362
Telephone: 509-527-5922
Fax: 509-526-4785
archives@whitman.edu
Access Restrictions

None.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

A.B. (Alvin Brown) Roberts was born May 17, 1832 in Knox Township, Jefferson County, Ohio. In 1853 he arrived in Oregon Territory and settled in Portland where he established the stone cutting firm of Roberts and Hartle. He served in Company A, Multonomah County, First Regiment from October 13 to December 19, 1855 in what was known as the Yakima War. He fought in what became known as the Battle of Walla Walla on December 7, 1855.

After his military service, Alvin went back to marble-cutting in Boise City, Idaho. On September 15, 1858 Roberts married Martha Elizabeth Baxter in Clackamas County, Oregon. They divorced in 1866

In March of 1859, he moved to what is now Walla Walla. He purchased a land claim from an acquaintance for $250.00 which amounted to about 160 acres. When authorities platted the new town, the area he originally claimed was donated to the city and became known as Roberts Addition. Roberts planted what is believed to be the first apple orchard in the valley. He sold some of his one-year-old trees for one dollar each and since that proved so profitable, went into the nursery business exclusively. He rose to much prominence in the fruit industry of the territory and state, much of which centered in Walla Walla at that time. He was also the father of masonry in Walla Walla and was first master of the Walla Walla Lodge No.7.

E.G. Roberts, brother of A.B., was the founder of Roberts Monument Co., in 1872. His son, Lee, continued with the business and was a life-long resident of Walla Walla.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Roberts Family Papers contains newspaper and magazine articles written by A.B. Roberts about life in the Northwest of the 1850s, the Indian Wars, the fruit industry, and the founding of Walla Walla. It also includes A.B.and Lee Roberts’ personal notebooks and sketchbooks, genealogical materials about the Roberts family and its descendants, and personal correspondence.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. for copyright not held by Whitman College.

Preferred Citation

Roberts Family Papers, Whitman College and Northwest Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

By series.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Whitman College and Northwest Archives by Barbara Swan, Mary Lou Cooper and Patsy Jean Pompeo between 1992 and 1994


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series 1:  Newspaper Articles by, about, or collected by RobertsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder
1
Fort Walla Walla and Roberts' days in Walla Walla
item
1
"Founding of a Paper"--About how The Union came into existence, by A.B. Roberts
Undated
2
"Owned the Town"--A.B. visits Walla Walla, about his first days there
Undated
3
"Once Owned Land on which Walla Walla stands"--article from the Kansas City Post
March 16, 1919
4
"Fort Walla Walla and what is had done"--by A.B. Roberts
Undated
5
"Father of Walla Walla Still Lives on part of farm City was founded on"--about Roberts time in Walla Walla in the 1850s
Undated
2
Marcus Whitman and other Missionaries
item
1
Pictures of Whitman College and the grave of Marcus Whitman
2
"How Oregon was Saved"--by A.B. Roberts. Early work of the Missionaries, and history of Oregon Territory pre-1850
3
"Story of Marcus Whitman as Told by an Early Pioneer"--by A.B. Roberts
4
"Marcus Whitman, He Rode from the Columbia to the Potomac, to Save Oregon, Whitman College to be a Worthy Memorial."
5
Editorial on Levi Boyd written by A.B. Roberts
6
"Pioneer Woman Who Saw Stirring Times in Early Days Hereabouts"--article on Eliza Spalding Warren
3
History of Indians and Indian Wars
item
1
"The Indian Troubles in Idaho"--A.B. Roberts
Undated
2
"Indian War Survivor Recalls Chase of Foe"--by Thomas J. Hayter
Undated
3
"Fifty Years Ago in Walla Walla"--about battle of Walla Walla based on letter from Capt. J.U. Elgin to A.B. Roberts
4
"Indian Nomenclature"--description of Indians in the Inland Empire by A.B. Roberts
Undated
4
Veterans of Indian Wars
item
1
"Indian War Veterans, Plea for recognition by U.S. Government in Matter of Pensions"--editorial by A.B. Roberts on the need to recognize veterans of the Indian Wars for pension eligibility.
Undated
2
"Idaho Comrade with Oregon Veterans"--gathering of Indian War veterans in Portland written by A.B. Roberts
Undated
3
"Indian War Vets Hold Meeting"--Members of James W. Nesmith Post of Indian War veterans meeting in Walla Walla
Undated
4
"Complaint of Pioneer, Railroads Give Others Low Rates and cut out the deserving"--editional by A.B. Roberts on railroad fees, especially for veterans
Undated
5
"Club endorses the War veterans"--work by A.B. to get Commercial Club to support Indian War veterans pension efforts.
Undated
6
"New Pension Bill to Benefit Widow"--about an increase in pension allowance to war vets, including Indian wars.
1915
7
"An Indian War Fighter in Town"--A.B. Roberts return to Ohio, presented to Governor McKinley--see also editorial by A.B., supporting McKinley's campaign
Undated
8
"Gen. O.O. Howard dies"
Undated
9
"Indian War Veterans' Bill"--by A.B. about recent Oregon legislative Act supporting compensatory payments of Indian War vets.
Undated
10
"Pay Indian War Veterans"
Undated
11
"Monument Plan" to Major McConville and all the "fallen heroes of the Idaho Volunteers" Boise, Idaho.
Undated
5
Early History of the Inland Empire ( a five part newspaper series)
item
1
About a journey into hostile Snake River territory. The first four are based on A.B. Robert's trip to meet emigrant friends at the Snake River. The last article is on settlers' movements into the area and Indian reaction towards them.
Undated
6
Pictures of Roberts (photocopies)
item
1
Masonic Lodge delegates of Washington (picture of A.B. circled)
Undated
2
Picture of officers of the 13th Annual Indian War Veterans meeting
Undated
3
Picture available in article on first County Christmas
Undated
7
Idaho History
item
1
"Questions in U.S. History"--by A.B. Roberts. How Idaho became part of the United States.
Undated
2
"Indian Troubles in Idaho"--by A.B. Roberts
Undated
8
Vancouver History
item
1
"Tells about first County Christmas"--A.B. Roberts describes celebration of yule season in 1853.
Undated
9
Mormons, writings about...
item
1
"Astounding Inconsistency"--article criticizing speech by Judge Zane
Undated
2
"The Flag of Truce"--article on cooperation with the Mormons
Undated
10
Agriculture and Industry
item
1
"Doubling Value of Land by System of Irrigation"--A.B. Roberts tells how with well and pump, sub-irrigation may be applied to all land in the country.
Undated
2
"Says Walla Walla Valley is not a Basin"--A.B. Roberts writes about how to name the Walla Walla area in geographical terms.
Undated
3
"How to Raise the Best Fruit"--A.B. Roberts writes on fruit culture in Walla Walla Valley and the sub-irrigation system
Undated
4
"The Roberts Reservoir"--on the reservoir Roberts built in Cassia County
Undated
5
"Mines and Mining"--A.B. Roberts member of a committee appointed to formulate beneficial mining laws for Cassia county.
Undated
6
"Seen as Others See Us"--Article on the resources of Cassia county.
Undated
7
"Early History recalled"--A.B. Roberts writes of first mills in the area.
Undated
8
"Roberts Set out First Orchard Here in 1859"--Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
January 4, 1959
9
"Tragedy Marked the Beginning of Washington Oyster Industry"--A.B. Roberts
Undated
10
Article on a few of the businesses who established trade in Boise. By A.B. Roberts
Undated
11
Business enterprises of Roberts
item
1
"A.B. Roberts of Boise Trades Property for the Rupert Hotel"
Undated
2
"Attended First Congress"--Attended the National Irrigation Congress in Salt Lake.
Undated
12
Relics and Exhibits sponsored by Roberts
item
1
"Ancient relics on Exhibition"--A.B. Roberts exhibits various personal items for the Historical Society of Pioneers in Boise
Undated
13
Seattle Fair and Chicago World's Fair
item
1
"Fair Well Worth Seeing"--A.B. Roberts description of Seattle Fair
Undated
2
Letter #1 written by A.B. Roberts on the Chicago World's Fair
circa 1893
3
Letter #2 written by A.B. on the Chicago World's Fair
circa 1893
14
Personal announcements---Deaths, Marriages, etc.
item
1
"A.B. Roberts First Master Local Masons"
1922
2
"Alvin B. Roberts, Indian War Vet, is Dead, aged Ninety
1922
3
"Pioneer Resident of City Celebrates 80th birhday"
Undated
4
"Roberts-Huffaker Nuptials"--Marriage to Miss Mary Huffaker
Undated
5
"Gone to Her Reward"--Death of Mrs. Delia C. Hay
Undated
6
"E.G. Roberts Died this Morning"
Undated
7
"Hawley McFarland Nuptials"
Undated
8
Death of Carrie A. Roberts, wife of Gaylord Roberts
Undated
9
A.B. Roberts to visit Walla Walla, interviewed by President Penrose of Whitman College
Undated
10
"Widow Duggan's Plight"--Arranged marriage with a Mrs. Amanda E. Duggan and W.W. Roberts, repudiated by Roberts upon sight of the bride-to-be.
Undated
11
Article on how A.B. found two dead horses who were apparently struck by lightning.
Undated
Box
3
Book of newspaper clippings

Series 2:  Genealogical materialsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder
1
Descendants 1st through 7th generations (29 pages) with Index (4 pages)
Undated
2
Descendants 1st through 9th generations with Index, 81 pages.
August 17, 1993
3
Family Group Sheets (30 pages)
4
Ancestry Charts (16 pages)
file
5
Ancestry Charts--Cooper (6 pages)
Folder
6
Descendancy Charts (5 pages)
7
Cemetary Plat--Riverview; Portland, Oregon
8
Bureau of Pensions Records (6 pages)
9
Entries in the Family Bible (6 pages)
10
Geneaolgy, notes on (10 pages)
file
11
Roberts/Cooper reunion; Vance Orchard article in Waitsburg Times
July 7, 1994

Series 3:  Notebooks and sketchbooks written and drawn by A.B. Roberts and typescripts of notebooksReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder
3.1-3.11
Notebooks 1-11
R9
Typescripts of Notebooks 1-11
R4a
Sketchbook by A.B. Roberts
R4b
Pencil sketches
R4c
4x6 Leather Cover Sketch Book: includes eleven Pencil Sketches by A.B. Roberts
circa 1856
R16
Typescript of A.B. Roberts' Journal and original journal
box-item
2
Microfilm roll; "A series of sketches of the life of Alvin B. Roberts
March 1853-February 1915

Series 4:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder
1
Letters relating to collection
1926-1936
2
Typescripts of letters at the Seattle Public Library
3-6
Correspondence with Cooper, Pompeo, and Walz
7
Letters from A.B. to brother and sister. (copy)
February 5, 1859
8
Handwritten letter written by A.B. (copy)
9
Correspondence with Great Grandson of A.B. Roberts, Paul E. Lyon
10
Loan Agreement, Fort Vancouver Historical Society
October 21, 1964
11
Correspondence with Don Roberts
12
Correspondence from Irene Upson, Oregon Historical Society, to C.L. Cooper
March 24, 1932-February 18, 1936
15.1
Letter to Nellie Nelson from L.W.Roberts
August 28, 1949
15.2
Correspondence between Marge Iverson and Larry Dodd

Series 5:  "Up To The Times" Magazine articles written by A.B. RobertsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder
13.1
Articles published in 1909
item
a
"The Empire Builders"
January 1909
b
"Indian Fights in the Inland Empire"
April 1909
c
"The City of Walla Walla in 1859"
May 1909
d
"The Seattle Fair"
August 1909
e
"When the Aborigines Prevailed Throughout the Walla Walla Valley"
November 1909
f
"A Few Events that Mark Important Epochs in the Inland Empire's History. Indian Council in Walla Walla in 1855; The Murder by Indians of U.S. Agent A.J. Bolan; Battle of Walla Walla on the 7th of December 1855"
December 1909
13.2
Articles published in 1910
item
a
"Walla Walla Fifty-One Years Ago"
January 1910
b
"The Chinook Wind"
February 1910
c
"Several Changes--Killing of Citizen M.Garry by the Soldiery in the Streets of Walla Walla in 1859"
March 1910
d
"Early Staging in Inland Empire"
June 1910
e
"Walla Walla Raised the First Wheat ever Delivered to a Mill in the Country Between the Cascades and the Rocky Mountains"
September 1910
f
"First Fruit Growers of the Pacific Northwest"
November 1910
13.3
Articles published in 1911
item
a
"Meeting the Emigrant Overland Trains to the Oregon Country in the Early Sixties. Dangerous Task on Account of the Hostile Indians"
March 1911
b
Continuation of March article
April 1911
c
"At the Whitman Mission"
September 1911
item
13.4
Articles published in 1912
item
a
"Society and Societies at the Beginning of the Settlement of the Inland Empire"
March 1912
b
"Incidents of the Yakima War"
September 1912

Series 6:  Lee Roberts MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder
15.3
Photo Album and History Sketches
file
15.4
Miscellaneous photographs
15.5
Newspaper articles by Lee Roberts
15.5a
Photocopies, Roberts photo album #1
Box/Folder
2/15.5b
Photocopies, Roberts photo album #2
file
15.6a
Hunting Hudson Bay in Auld Lang Syne
1942
15.6b
Sketchbook, Harry Martin's Canneries
Folder
15.6c
Walla Walla's Great Industry, Apple Raising
January 31, 1909
file
15.6d
The Walla Walla Fruit Fair of 1902
15.6e
Great Import of Apple Industry in the Walla Walla Valley
January 24, 1909
Folder
15.6f
The Building Northwest Apple Industry
file
15.6g
An Old Mining Camp
15.6h
Early Day Freight Wagon
The Epic Day of Fine Horses

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Roberts Family Papers -- Archives.
  • Roberts, Alvin Brown
  • Roberts, Lee

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Geographical Names

  • Washington (State)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Walla Walla History

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top