George W. Roe
ROE, HOAG, GOSTING
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Date: 5/10/2010 at 19:33:32
Geo. W. Roe
The Roe studio has become familiar to the Clayton county residents because of the superior class of work sent out from this gallery.
George W. Roe, the proprietor hereof, was born in 1862 in Cass township, this county, being the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Roe, well known throughout this and adjoining counties. Mr. Roe attended a country school, an education he has since supplemented by extensive trade and wide reading.
A few years were spent in framing, but in 1882, he came to Strawberry Point and became associated with A.G. Gosting in the photograph business. In 1883, he accepted the business opportunity at Winnebago City, Minn., where he was in partnership with Chas. Blake. Two years later, he traveled for a grocery supply house, but after spending two years on the road, he again went into a gallery, this time at Morris, Minn. He also spent some time in an art studio in Minneapolis, returning from this place to Strawberry Point, 14 years ago where he has ever since remained.
A little over ten years ago, he was married to Miss Ruby Hoag, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Hoag, and they have one daughter, Flossie A.
Mrs. Roe has proved a valuable and very competent assistant in the studio, her knowledge of the art of reproducing on paper the faces of our friends and her work altogether being eminently satisfactory. She takes entire charge of the home gallery during the frequent absences of Mr. Roe as he attends to the business in connection with his branch studios at Lamont, Arlington and Volga City.
In their gallery work Mr. and Mrs. Roe make a specialty of enlarged work - crayon, sepia and water color, frames for which they keep in many different styles. With a few exceptions, the pictures we present to our readers in this edition are taken from Roe studio photographs.
In addition to this, Mr. Roe does a large laundry business which he has built up by hard labor and by sending out only the best work. This has been a part of his weekly run for the past twelve years.
~Strawberry Point Mail Press, November 26, 1903
Geo. W. Roe and family will move from here to Oelwein this week or next, where Mr. Roe has opened a photograph gallery in what is known as the Cottage Studio. Mr. Roe is an experienced photographer and should do well in Oelwein.
~Strawberry Point Mail Press, March, 1908
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