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Transcribed biography of William F. Roeske


William F. Roeske, son of Reinhold and Emily Sonnenburg Roeske. was born in Palos Park, Illinois. He moved to a 140-acre farm at Boone Grove, Indiana, in 1928 and graduated from Porter Township High School (Boone Grove) and Valparaiso University. In 1937 he was employed by Tractor Works, International Harvester Company, Chicago, Illinois, where he worked until the plant was closed in 1970. At present he is the Boone Grove Postmaster.

On June 23, 1940, he married Louise M. Wachholz, daughter of Robert G. H. and Anna Schimmel Wachholz. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, but moved in 1924 to an 80-acre farm located one mile west of Porter X Roads, Porter Township, Porter County, Indiana. She attended Porter X Roads Elementary School and graduated from Porter Township High School.

William and Louise are parents of three children: William Robert of San Diego, California; Marilyn Louise of Huntington Beach, California; and Sally Lorraine of Boone Grove, Indiana. All three children graduated from Boone Grove High School. William graduated from the University of California and received an M.D. degree from Stanford University. Marilyn graduated from Indiana University and received a Ph. D. degree from Stanford University. Sally graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and also received an M.A.T. degree from Reed College.

William and Louise have three grandchildren: Lisa and Lara Roeske of California and Ian David Lucas of Boone Grove, Indiana.

William and Louise are of German ancestry. His maternal grandparents were born in Hochfeld, Germany (near Posen); his paternal grandparents were born near Bremen, Germany. His parents were born in Palos Park, Illinois. Louise's father was born in Kolberg, Germany. Her maternal grandparents were born in Brandenburg, Germany; her mother was born in Princeton, Wisconsin.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 151-152

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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