Joe Roberts of Philip died at the Philip hospital where he had been taken a week previously. Saturday morning Mr. Roberts, who was past 94 was one of the two or three oldest persons in Haakon County. He had been a resident of Philip vicinity since 1907.
Arrangements were made for funeral services at the Presbyterian Church Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Fred H. Wahlquist delivering the sermon. Burial will be in the Philip Cemetery.
Joseph Roberts was born near Oskaloosa, Ia. on March 3, 1853 and died at the Philip Community hospital on Saturday, Nov. 22, 1947 at the age of 94 years, eight months and 19 days.
He grew to manhood in Iowa and became a member of the Baptist Church of Oskaloosa. He was united in marriage to Editha Iowa Ferguson on Sept. 8, 1878. To this union two children were born: L. B. Roberts, who died in 1927 and Ethel, now Mrs. Jack Peshek of Philip.
They lived on a farm in Iowa until the spring of 1907 when they came to Philip and located on a homestead northwest of here. Later they moved into Philip and operated the Winchester Hotel until 1934 when they moved into a private home.
Mrs. Roberts preceded him in death in 1938. Since that time Mr. Roberts made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Jack Peshek at the Winchester Hotel. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Jack Peshek; one granddaughter, Mrs. Edward York of Belle Fourche, S.D.; and three great grandchildren. He also leaves a host of friends.
Pioneer Review, November 27, 1947
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman