EDWARD ROBERTS lived and conducted business in the City of Camden for more than 60 of his 88 years. His business interests included a nationally known wholesale produce business, a directorship of the First National Bank (later known as the First National State Bank), and livery stable which later became an automobile repair garage. He also served for a time as the President of the West Jersey Ferry corporation, during the time when Captain John G. Hutchinson was superintendent. Edward Roberts died at his home, 401 Penn Street, on January 19, 1928.
Camden Courier-Post - January 20, 1928
ROBERTS DIES IN 88TH YEAR
Edward Roberts, widely known produce merchant
and a resident of Camden for more than sixty years, died yesterday at
his home at 401 Penn
Street. He had been ill for more than a year
following a stroke which he suffered in November of last year. He was
88 years old.
was one of the oldest directors of the First
National State Bank, having served for about thirty-five years. He
was treasurer of the Philadelphia Produce Exchange for thirty years
and was well known to produce merchants all over the country.
Roberts was born in Moorestown in May of 1840. When he was six years old his parents moved to Alexandria, Virginia. He received his education at a boarding school near Lincoln, Virginia.
During the Civil War, Roberts served as collector
of revenue taxes, a very dangerous position. In November of 1866, he
founded a wholesale fruit and vegetable business at 220 and 222 Dock
Street, in Philadelphia. The business, still in existence, bears his
name. He opened a livery stable, at 323
Main Street, in Camden about 1884. The building was later changed
to a garage, and a car dealership
operated under Edward Roberts name around 1920.
By 1923 William F. Hoddell
was operating an auto repair business at that location.
By 1923 William F. Hoddell was operating an auto repair business at that location.
Roberts was an active and well-known member of the
Society of Friends. He regularly attended the meetings of the
organization in their meeting house at Seventh and Market streets.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Hannah A. Roberts, three brothers and one sister, two sons and a daughter. There are eight great grandchildren. His sister is Mrs. Mary Gillingham, Alexandria, Va., and his brothers are, J. H. Roberts, New York; R. M. Roberts, South Charleston. Ohio, and B. H. Roberts, of Newtown, Virginia. His daughter is Mrs. J. C. Darnell, and his sons are Edward. Jr., and Asa L. Roberts.
The funeral will be held at the Friends Meeting House at Moorestown at two o’clock Monday afternoon. Burial will be in Moorestown.
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