Friday, April 28, 2017

The Roberts Tile Factory

Business called us to Roberts on Tuesday afternoon and on Wednesday morning, in company with Christopher Anderson, the proprietor of the new tile works, we inspected the establishment which had just started up and was running very successfully, turning out six inch tile at the rate of ten to twelve a minute, or 6,000 a day, which certainly is a rapid gait for the size. The buildings are much more substantial than those usually constructed for the purpose, consisting of a boiler room, a building for the machine and engine 24x60 feet, drying sheds 23x150 feet, enclosed entirely and heated by steam pipes so arranged as to create an intense heat which dries the tile equally on all sides and prevents the cracking caused by unequal shrinkage when dried by the air. The system of heating is by iron pipes placed under the floor and extending the entire length of the building into which the exhaust steam from the engine discharges and into which steam can be forced directly from the boiler when desired. An additional advantage to be gained by this system is that it will enable him to keep his works going in winter as well as summer. The power necessary for the operation of the machinery is supplied by a forty horse power boiler and a splendid thirty horse power engine, which will not only operate the machine, but will work a system of cars arrranged on a tram way for conveying the clay to the mill, which will save a large amount of labor when completed. His kilns are of the improved down-draught system, and are being very substantially constructed by L. E. Bressie. One is just completed and will be tested next week. Two more will be built at once, each having a capacity of 25,000 to 30,000, which will enable him to turn out an immense amount of tile. The clay used was thoroughly tested before operations were commenced, as there can be no question of the superior quality which will be produced, and we can congratulate Mr. Anderson on the spendid prospects of a large and we believe paying business, and Roberts on having among its citizens one of capital and enterprise to engage in and bring to a successful issue so important a manufacturing enterprise. 
--Paxton Record. 7 June 1883.

This article is from 1883, so this building/buildings were destroyed by fire in 1886 and Christopher Anderson rebuilt and reopened in 1886.

Roberts Brick & Tile Factory Crew

Roberts Brick and Tile Works Crew
The only men that I can identify are:
Back row, L to R: John Caleb Kenward, Niels Jensen, ?, Chris Anderson

--Posted by Jean Fox to the Roberts Illinois History Group page.  Her comments under the photo.

The Tile Pit

Looking west of the tile pit at the tile factory.

The kilns - They stood near the corner of Dilks St and 115.

Swimming at the Tile Pit. The kilns were located on the left and the tile factory was located on the right. Looking towards Roberts.
Location: West of the Tile Pit, east of the railroad tracks.
--All photos were posted by Jean Fox to the Roberts Illinois History Group page.  Under each photo is her identification of the photos.

First Tile Factory

--Posted by Jean Fox to the Roberts Illinois History Group page. 

She notes: 
Seward Arnold told me that this was a photo of the first tile factory.

Ida Havener

Kietzmans Etc.

Krallman Brothers of Roberts

Roberts Light Plant

Friday, April 21, 2017


--Melvin Motor.  31 March 1911.

--Melvin Motor.  14 March 1911.

So the ad says "First Door West of Dueringer & Guise's Store.  I think Dueringer & Guise's was the last in the line up of the brick buildings on the south side of the street, last to the east. Next to the block-building creamery. Where I always remember a bar location. But of course more research needed. 

Plat Lyman Township 1948

John Edward & Caroline (Bleiler) Stewig

Maurice & Mary (McNeish) Welsh

Grace Agnes Lisk

Joseph Whorrall

John Henry Shambrook Family

BR -- Florence Shambrook, Bessie Shambrook, Ulysses Shambrook.
FR -- Jane Amy (Huxtable) Shambrook, John Henry Shambrook, Art Shambrook.

Walter & Emma Shambrook

Arista Foster

William & Augusta (Ziebarth) Zabel

Martha Clark Foster

Maria Arlene Rebholz

Norman Woodruff

Lillian Minch

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Roberts School

--Posted by Jean Fox to the Roberts Illinois History page.

Businesses 1908

--Posted by Jean Fox to the Roberts Illinois History Group page.  September 2016.

Roberts Devasting Fire 1894

--Posted by Jean Fox to the Roberts Illinois History Group page.  September 2016.

The Trees Home

--Paxton Record. 20 March 1913.


--1916 Plat. Corner of Adda and Locust.  Lot 18.  ??

Business District

Before the Fire of 1894.

Date of photo?

--Photo from Jean Fox.

Fire 1894


--Photos from Jean Fox.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Art & Edith Johnson

Anton, Raymond & Louisa Nilson

Parley Foster

Jessie Olive Bond

Beulah Koon

Isaac Day Home

Philip Kief


Mr. Philip Kief and wife of Roberts drove to Melvin Saturday morning to arrange for a car in which to ship their personal property to Iowa, where they expected to move next week. They ate dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Adam Huppert who were farm neighbors years ago. Mr. Kief started down to see Mr. J. A. Schafer; Mr. Kief is quite elderly and quite deaf, and walked as if thinking deeply as he was crossing the track..., he was seen to look up quickly and jump just as he was struck and fell in such manner to be dragged across the street. A large crowd of men, women and children collected instantly. He was carried to Fred Beck's Implement House where the doctor pronounced him dead. The train was immediately brought back to the station, the conductor requested that everything possible be done for the man's comfort. Mr. Kief was taken to the undertakers rooms and prepared for burial.
Coroner Hutchinson, of Clarence, came and impanelled a jury. --Dr. H. N. Bushell, Foreman; R. G. McWilliams, Ed'w. Thompson, N. T. Graves, and Geo. Worthington. But four witnesses were called. They were Jas. McKenon, Mr. Wheeler, Wm. Lackey, Wm. Andrews, and Mr. Y?. Their testimony was quite uniform. Moffett of Paxton was present representing the L. C. The Ill. Central sent an agent here to gather evidence in the case.
We, the Coroner's jury find that the evidence given in the case of Philip Kief, that said Philip Kief came to his death by being struck by the I. C. R. R. passenger train designated the Daylight Special going south about 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 1902 at Main St, crossing south of the depot at Melvin, Ill.
We further find that the train was running at a higher rate of speed than that designated in the village ordinance governing the speed of railway trains, but that the proper danger signals were given by the train crew.
The funeral was held in Roberts, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Zapf of Melvin Lutheran Church preaching the sermon; burial in Roberts Cemetery. The family is large, seven daughters, two married; three sons, one married.

--Melvin Transcript. 28 February 1902.


Myrtle Houtzel


F. C. Linn Drug Store