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Joseph T. Engleby, Esq.,


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Date: 4/26/2006 at 07:31:09

Joseph T. Engleby, Esq., of Roanoke, President of the Fidelity Loan and Trust Company, was born March 1st, 1856, in Allamakee county, Iowa, and is the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Engleby. The father is of English extraction and the mother a native of this country. Joseph T. Engleby, the subject of this sketch, received his early education in the field schools of Maryland, and while quite young learned the tinning business, which occupation he followed until he was about twenty-two years if age, at which time he engaged in the lumber business in Western Maryland. In 1882 he came to Roanoke and engaged in tinning and plumbing in partnership with his brother, Mr. John Engleby, which partnership continues at this present time. Joseph being of an energetic, pushing turn of mind, soon branched out into wider fields after coming to Roanoke, and in addition to being President of the Fidelity Loan and Trust Company, he is also Vice-President of the Exchange National Bank; President of the Exchange Building and Investment Company, President of the United Investment Company, President of the Roanoke Develpment and Guarantee Company, Treasurer of the Diamond Ice Company, President of the Cloverdale Iron and Land Company, and a large stockholder in a number of other enterprises of Roanoke. Mr. Engleby is a man of almost unerring business instincts, and it has become proverbial that whatever he takes hold of or becomes interested in, that undertaking has a fair prospect of being successful. He concentrates his best energies on his work, and he takes no half-hearted convictions into his schemes and undertakings. He was married in June, 1883, to Miss Estella G. Staples, daughter of William Staples, Esq., of Frostburg, Maryland. They have three children -- Clara D., William S., and Emma. Mr. Engleby is a member of the methodist Episcopal Church, south, in which he is a trustee. He is Assistant Chief of the Roanoke Fire Department and has served for three years on the Board of the City Council, and during that time, and at the present, is a director of the Roanoke and Southern Railroad.

-source: South-west Virginia and the Valley : historical and biographical.
Roanoke, Va.: A.D. Smith, 1892; pg. 120-121


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