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Elwood Roberts was born in Drayton, Ontario, in 1886 to David and Lydia (Reichert) Roberts. He married Bertha Louise H. Hopkins, daughter of Albert and Mary Ann (Sootheran) Hopkins, on April 29, 1907, in Victoria County, Ontario. They relocated to Cupar, Saskatchewan, ca. 1909 where Elwood's brother Norman (born in 1882) was manager of the Cupar branch of the A.E. Beach Co. Ltd. store. In 1909, Elwood and Norman Roberts purchased the A.E. Beach Co. Ltd. store in Cupar and established Roberts Bros., a general store under the corporate brand of The Big Red Store. In the years following, Norman Roberts left the business and relocated to Toronto, Ontario. He died there on October 2, 1934. Elwood Roberts continued as proprietor of the Roberts Bros. store until October 1945 when he sold the business and he and Bertha relocated to Osoyoos, British Columbia. He died at Oliver, British Columbia, on March 17, 1946. Bertha Roberts died in 1973.
Elwood and Bertha Roberts had one son, Wayne Eugene, who was born in Cupar on March 22, 1910. He married Bernice Abel, daughter of Walter and Annie (Close) Abel, on March 2, 1937, in Regina. Wayne and Bernice Roberts relocated from Cupar to Regina ca. 1940, and then to British Columbia in 1944. They had two sons: James Alan Yardley and Gerald Wayne. Wayne Roberts died in Osoyoos, British Columbia, on November 1, 1953. Bernice Roberts died in British Columbia in 1993.
Gerald Wayne Roberts was born on February 9, 1944, in Regina to Wayne and Bernice Roberts. Soon after his birth, the family relocated to British Columbia. Roberts was educated there and earned a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology. He was a professional archeologist and was involved in various archeological salvage projects throughout British Columbia. Roberts married Gisela Greschner on August 2, 1969. They have one daughter, Sharon. Currently, (2011) Gerald Roberts is retired and resides in Osoyoos.