Iowa attorney practicing law at Fort Madison, Philip F, Roan grew up in that town, was
a salesman and business man until after the World war, in which he saw
service overseas, and has made an excellent record in his profession.|
He was born at Marceline, Missouri, December 9, 1892, son of Peter F.
and Mary (Fagan) Roan, both of whom were born in Iowa, his mother at
Burlington. The parents live in Fort Madison. His father has spent all
his active life as a railroad man, an engineer with the Santa Fe
Company, and was living at Marceline on that road when his son Philip
F. was born. The other children are: Leo, of Fort Worth, Texas; Mrs.
Cecilia Riley, of Marceline; Mrs. Rosana Freesmeier, of Detroit,
Michigan; Miss Margaret, of Fort Madison; and Peter F. Jr., of Ontario.
Mr. Roan grew up at Fort Madison and attended public schools
there, graduating from high school in 1914. For two years he was a
salesman for the Moon Motor Car Company at Saint Louis, and during 1916
was a timekeeper for the Sante Fe Railway Company.
Mr. Roan in December, 1916, enlisted with an ambulance corps for
service in the French army, had training at Fountainpieau, near Paris,
and was in active service eight months, and was awarded the Croix de
Guerre. After being released from this service he returned to America
and joined the Tank Corps, being trained at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,
with Company A of the Three Hundred Second Battalion, with the rank of
sergeant. He again went overseas, was stationed at Langres, and for six
months after the armistice was in Germany.
After his honorable discharge in September, 1919, entered the Detroit
College of Law, which he attended three years, getting his LL. B.
degree in 1924. During the summer vacations he carried on his studies
at the University of Michigan, and after graduating he spent a year in
the University of Detroit, where he won his Master's degree in 1925.
For one year he was connected with the legal department of the Michigan
Bell Telephone Company, and in 1927 returned to Fort Madison to engage
in a general law practice, and has accumulated a very promising
business in his profession.
He is a member of the Sigma Nu Phi fraternity, the B. P. O. Elks, and
was active on the school debating teams the three years he was in law
college. He has served several years as chairman of the Lee County
central Republican committee.
Mr. Roan married, June 23, 1923, Miss Elinor Smith, of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Source: A Narrative History of The People of Iowa, Edgar Rubey Harlan, LL. B., A. M., Chicago and New York, 1931
Transcribed and contributed by: Debbie Clough Gerischer, Iowa History Project