Page 340 - Albert Root was a native son of Kent county, and was a representative of one of the sterling pioneer families of this county, where his father, Isaac Root, initiated farm enterprise more than seventy years ago and where he continued his active association with agriculture and live-stock industry during the course of many years. Albert Root was born on a farm near the little village of Mill Creek, this county, February 15, 1853, and his early educational advantages included those of the public schools of Grand Rapids. In this city he was for twenty-one years a salesman for the Heystek & Canfield Company, dealers in wall paper and paints, and at all stages in his career he commanded unqualified popular confidence and esteem in his native county, he having been one of the substantial citizens of Grand Rapids at the time of his death, which occurred August 8, 1920. He had no desire for political activity or office but was a staunch supporter of the cause of the Democratic party. In 1873 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Root to Miss Jennie Coleman, who likewise was born and reared in Kent county, and whose parents, Richard and Jane (Talbort) Coleman, were both natives of Ireland, their marriage having been solemnized in Grand Rapids, where they were honored citizens at the time of their death. Mrs. Colemanís father, Dennis Talbort, was one of the first settlers in Walker township, Kent county, Michigan. Edith, the one surviving child of Mr. And Mrs. Root is the wife of William T. Webster, who is engaged in the real estate business in Chicago, Illinois, the two children of Mr. And Mrs. Webster being Donald and Helen. Mrs. Root is a talented artist and has given much of her time to the production of oil paintings and to the painting of china, both of which lines she is a successful teacher. Her pleasant home is at 1021 Sheldon avenue, southeast.
Transcriber: John Miller
Created: 22 March 2003