Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Fortunate in a preeminent standing cordially accorded him by patient and colleague alike, Dr. John L. D. Roberts, a well known physician and surgeon, worthily represents the medical profession for which California has so long been distinguished. He was born in Oseola, Lewis county, New York, January 14, 1863, the day when the nation was electrified with the reports of the gunboat fights at Bayou-Teche. His parents were James W. and Julia A. (Flower), the latter a direct descendant of Anneta Jans Borgardus, while his father, who was an expert mechanic and the owner of the Eagle Gun Works, was of long established English lineage.

Dr. Roberts attended the public schools and local academy of his native state, and then matriculated at Union College, in Albany, New York. Later, going to New York city, he entered Columbia University, from which, in 1885, he was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. His first practice was in the New York Hospital and Insane Asylum at Utica, New York, where he served for two years, and on the 5th of January, 1887, he came to Monterey, California, where he engaged in practice for several years. He laid out the town of Seaside and built the first house there, in which he has ever since resided, identifying himself more and more with the neighborhood and the commonwealth.

About thirty-six years ago, John Wanamaker visited this section and made Dr. Roberts' acquaintance, and when Mr. Wanamaker was postmaster general he appointed the Doctor postmaster of Seaside, which office he has held during all the intervening years. For twenty-four years too, he has been a school trustee, and was a trustee of the Monterey union high school for several years. For the past sixteen years he has been supervisor of the fifth district, of Monterey county and has recently been reelected for another term. Everyone knows Supervisor Roberts, and that his great interest is the people's interest. His particular hobby has been good, always better and better roads, and in being especially instrumental in getting the appropriation for the Coast Highway, Dr. Roberts has probably done more, in this field, than has any other supervisor that Monterey ever had. He has not practiced for many years but has devoted his time to mining, oil wells, real estate and the lumber business, and to furthering the interests of the county.

In 1887, at Monterey, Dr. Roberts was married to Miss Edith A. Maltby, of Troy, New York, by whom he has had one son, Houghton M. Roberts, an income tax expert. There is also a grandson, John L. D. Roberts (II). Dr. Roberts has been an Odd Fellow for thirty-eight years, and he also belongs to the Red Men, the Moose and the Foresters.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.