Roberts Family Collection - Photographs #7.005


This collection features materials from Mabel and Eugene R. Robert’s family.

Mabel and Eugene married in 1921, and lived in Decatur for most of their lives. Mabel was the daughter of Leonard S. Grubbs and Ida Maddox, and was born around 1898. She graduated from Decatur High School, and attended Millikin Conservatory. She worked for the Decatur Daily Review, and as a stenographer at the Wabash Railroad.

Eugene was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roberts, and was a high school basketball star and boxing champion. During World War I, he enlisted in the Navy and became a Gunner’s Mate on the U.S.S. Avocet. This ship was a mine sweeper, and at one time, was stationed off the Scotland. In 1919, Gene’s duties aboard the ship were primarily to explode mines that could not be salvaged.

After Gene and Mabel were married, they lived at 1985 W. Forest Ave. They had one son, Eugene Kent Roberts, who also joined the Navy, and married Carol Jayne Gregory in 1958.
This collection contains photographs, diplomas, and yearbooks from the Roberts family. The collection is 1 linear foot, and includes biographical information on the family.
The collection was originally donated to the Macon County History Museum, but upon further review, the Director there thought the collection would be a better fit for the library’s Local History collection. There did not appear to be any sort of order to the collection, so it was organized with the researcher in mind.


  • Eugene R. Roberts

Collection Items

Three Rustic Country Lasses (Lina, Lola, and Lelia Hinton)
Photograph of Lina, Lola, and Lelia Hinton labeled "Three Rustic Country Lasses".

Alma Shields and Mabel Grubbs at the Review
Photograph of Alma Shields and Mabel Grubbs at the Decatur Daily Review.

Two Women on the Porch
Photograph of two women on the porch. One is Mabel Grubbs. The other is unknown
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