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Connersville in Fayette County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

James E. Roberts Memorial Building

 
 
James E. Roberts Memorial Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, June 21, 2020
1. James E. Roberts Memorial Building Marker
Inscription.  
Col. James E. Roberts was an industrial leader and prominent citizen of Fayette County. He moved to Connersville during the Civil War era and entered the retail hardware business. In 1874 he purchased interest in a local furniture factory and for the next 24 years Mr. Roberts was a partner in the Munk and Roberts Furniture Company. In 1898 he sold the furniture factory to Rex Buggy Company and moved to Indianapolis at the turn of the century.

James E. Roberts was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Roberts of Franklin County, Indiana. He was twice married; his first wife was Miss Mary Claypool from Connersville and Miss Henrietta West, of Indianapolis, was his second wife. He had no children.

In 1902, James E. Roberts donated eighty acres of land to the city of COnnersville for the purpose of building a park. Though he had moved away, Mr. Roberts remembered Connersville with great affection. An engraved stone is imbedded in each of the two brick pillars at the northwest entrance of the park. One carries the name of James E. Roberts and the other has the name of his first wife, Mary C. Roberts. Mr. Roberts died in Indianapolis
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on May 20, 1922.

The James E. Roberts Memorial Building was built in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was a federal relief program established to create jobs during the Great Depression. The program provided jobs to millions of unemployed people to carry out public works projects. Among those projects were; the James E. Roberts Memorial Building, Roberts Park Pool, the Police Building, the Amphitheater's stone wall, and various stone structures and roads throughout the park.
 
Erected by The Questers.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 20, 1922.
 
Location. 39° 40.247′ N, 85° 7.488′ W. Marker is in Connersville, Indiana, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from Park Road, 0.1 miles north of East 28th Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located within Roberts Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9 Park Rd, Connersville IN 47331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grinding Stones (within shouting distance of this marker); World's First County Free Fair
Brick Pillar at Roberts Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, June 21, 2020
2. Brick Pillar at Roberts Park
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Pavilion: and other park structures (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); History of the Pavilion (about 600 feet away); The Longwood Covered Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Clio Fountain (approx. 1.4 miles away); On This Site John Conner Operated a Two Story Log Indian Trading Post 1808~1815 (approx. 1.8 miles away); "Birthplace of the Blower" (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Connersville.
 
More about this marker.
Col. James E. Roberts

Brick pillars at the northwest entrance of the park carrying the names of James E. Roberts and his first wife, Mary C. Roberts.
 
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James E. Roberts Memorial Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, June 21, 2020
3. James E. Roberts Memorial Building Marker
Entrance to Roberts Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, June 21, 2020
4. Entrance to Roberts Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 400 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 28, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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