Lee County Biography


Harry A. Roe, of H.A. Roe Company, Lee county abstracters, suite 1 and 2, Dixon National Bank building, Dixon, Illinois, is engaged in conducting a farm loan district agency and abstract of title business, which line he has conducted since 1904, meeting with growing success. He was born in Bloomington, Illinois, April 8, 1874, a son of Dr. Nathaniel C. and Florence R. Roe--the former a native of Vermont and the latter of Pennsylvania. In early life they came to Illinois with their respective parents and were pioneer settlers of Franklin Grove, Lee county. The father prepared for the medical profession and engaged in practice and medical manufacturing in this county for many years, where he followed his profession until his life's labors were ended, his wife preceding him in death. They were counted worthy and valued residents of the community, their many good qualities of heart and mind endearing them to those with whom they came in contact.

After attending the public and high schools of this county, Harry A. Roe continued his education in the Spencerian University of Cleveland, Ohio, in which he was a student for four years. He afterwards spent four years in Chicago, serving in the capacity of bookkeeper, and in December, 1896, he came to Dixon to accept the appointment of deputy circuit clerk and recorder, serving, respectively, under Arvine S. Hyde, Ira W. Lewis and William B. McMahan, until 1904. He then established his present business, handling large farm loans and compiling abstracts of title. He has secured a good clientele in this connection throughout northern Illinois and his business is one of growing importance. Mr. Roe is largely interested in the financial affairs of Lee county, owning extensive holdings in the large banks of the county.

On June 8, 1897, Mr. Roe was united in marriage with Miss Mae L. Hyde, a daughter of Jonathan N. Hyde, one of the pioneers of this county. They have three children--Winifred M. Roe, John C. Roe and Franklin H. Roe. The family are members of and affiliated with the Presbyterian church and Mr. Roe holds membership with the Knights of Pythias and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He votes with the republican party, of which he has always been a stalwart advocate and his public service has gained him the warm regard of all who know him and in business life his position is equally creditable and the substantial advancement which he makes year by year is the direct outcome of thorough preparation, close application and alert business methods.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.


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