Roman F. Glocheski

Page 479-480-481 - Roman F. Glocheski. The same fine ambition and self-reliance that enabled Mr. Glocheski to rely entirely upon his own resources in preparing himself for his chosen profession have served him well also in the upbuilding of his substantial general law practice in the city of Grand Rapids and gained him place as one of the representative members of the Kent county bar. Mr. Glocheski was born at Manistee, Michigan, March 6, 1882, and is a son of Frank and Mary (Danielewski) Glocheski, both of whom were born and reared in German Poland. Frank Glocheski came from his native land to the United States and was an early settler in Manistee, Michigan, where he established his residence in 1870. He was an earnest, industrious and worthy citizen and in the land of his adoption he made the best possible provision for his children, though his financial limitations made him unable to give to them collegiate education. The sons had determination and ambition, however, and made for themselves a place in the world through their own ability and efforts. The son, James, now deceased, was a soldier in the Spanish-American war, and the sons Edward and John were in the military service of the nation in the World war period. Roman F. Glocheski gained his youthful education in the parochial and public schools of his native city, and depended upon his own exertions in acquiring his higher academic and professional education. In 1900 he found employment in the Stiles lumber yards in Grand Rapids, where he remained two years. During the ensuing two years he was a popular salesman in the establishment of the Star Clothing Company, and passed the next year as a member of the advertising staff of the Grand Rapids News, and he then became private secretary to George E. Ellis, mayor of Grand Rapids. In the meanwhile he applied himself vigorously to study and reading, with unwavering ambition to prepare himself for the legal profession. He saved as much as possible of his earnings, and finally he was sufficiently fortified in a financial way to justify him in entering the law department of the University of Michigan, where he continued his studies until 1914, his financial resources being too limited to permit him to complete the full course, but his determination, ambition and intellectual resources were entirely adequate to bridge the technical gulf, as shown in the fact that in 1915 Mr. Glocheski passed the examination that gained him admission to the Michigan bar, he being now eligible for practice in the various courts of the state, including the supreme and federal courts. Soon after his admission to practice Mr. Glocheski was given appointment as assistant prosecuting attorney of Kent county, under Edward N. Barnard, and his effective service of two years in this position gained him valuable experience besides enabling him to prove his powers and resourcefulness as a trial lawyer. Since his retirement from this position he has been established in successful general practice in Grand Rapids, where he now controls a substantial law business, his well appointed offices being in the Houseman building. Mr. Glocheski is a loyal advocate of the principles of the Republican party. He and his wife are zealous communicants of the Catholic church and he is affiliated with the Catholic Order of Foresters, the Polish National Alliance, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Modern Woodmen of America, and he has been active and influential in the local work of the Y. M. C. A. In 1905 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Glocheski to Miss Verna Hall, who was born and reared in Grand Rapids and who is a representative of one of the honored pioneer families of Kent county.


Transcriber:  Nancy Myers
Created:  2 October 2003