Biography - William Roodhouse

Postmaster William C. Roodhouse is one of the popular and well known young men of the city. He is a son of Mr. And Mrs. John Roodhouse and was born in the house illustrated on another page as the Roodhouse homestead. July 18, 1865, just a year before his father laid out the first town lots in the place which bears his name. William worked on his father’s farm and attended school until he was seventeen years of age. At that age he took charge of the postoffice news stand and also assisted his brother, J. W., in the post-office, his father being the postmaster at that time. He graduated from the Roodhouse High School in the class of 1885. In 1887 he sold out his news stand to Berry & Wolfe and engaged to H. C. Worcester as bookkeeper until 1889 when he was appointed postmaster by President Harrison. He served his full time as postmaster and then engaged in the real estate and insurance business with his brother, J. W. Roodhouse. This firm has always had a very successful business, which is steadily increasing.
On the 23d day of June, 1887, he was united in marriage with Miss Zila Hosford, of Galion, Ohio. They have three children living, viz: Meda, George and Benjamin.
Mr. Roodhouse is a thorough Republican and a worker in his party’s cause. The only elective office to his credit is that of City Clerk of Roodhouse, which office he held during ’86-7. He was appointed postmaster here by President McKinley and took charge of the office October 1, 1897. This makes his second term as postmaster and is ample evidence that he is a capable official. He is popular, courteous and obliging and has a host of warm personal friends who admire him for his ability and perseverance. He is a member of Worcester Lodge No 113, K. of P., M. W. A. Camp No. 483, and I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 681 of this city.

Transcribed 25 Oct 2006 by Linda Jones Craig from Souvenir of Roodhouse, 1897.

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