ROLL had a post office from December 9, 1903 to August 31, 1920, so it was an official “town” for 17 years. Although buildings and residences still exist, the town of ROLL is now found on Oklahoma’s list of “ghost towns”. The 1905 census shows 15 people in ROLL. The town was in Day County, and at statehood in 1907, it was in Roger Mills County.
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Martha Kendall Holmes writes in June, 2003, “I know the old school/church that was there for many years is now in the historical park in Cheyenne. I remember going there many times as a child with my uncles. Mr. Beebe had a store and we went to see Beebe. And I would go to church there with cousins when the school was used as a church. This was all 50 years ago. I often wondered why it was named Roll."
Betty ROLL HOLT in Tulsa, Oklahoma wrote, "I don't know how true it is, but have been told Roll, Oklahoma was named for a Benjamin ROLL. Some of his descendants live in southwest Oklahoma, and one of his sons, Nelson, lived in Dallas."
Harvey ROLL, related to Benjamin, of Elkhart, Kansas mentioned to other ROLL researchers that his family surname bore the origin of ROLL, Oklahoma, but there is no documented evidence or proof of these claims.Picture: Early 1900's of Martha RORABOUGH standing on the porch of the shoe store that she helped her husband.
RUDOLPH "RALPH" ROLL
When overtaxing became such a burden in Germany, Heinrich Roll, a shoe cobbler and Fredrika, his wife, began saving to come to America. Soon they immigrated with their three sons, Henry, Charlie, and Gus. They settled in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Rudolph, Annie and Bill were born here. Rudolph was born April 4, 1859.
Around 1873, the Roll family moved to a farm near Peck, Kansas. Here Rudolph (Ralph in English) met and married Jessie Irene DeWater, on July 3, 1902. They were married by Rev. D.H. Switzer in the Methodist parsonage in Wichita, Kansas.
Jessie Irene DeWater was born January 29, 1881 to Elijah Hamilton and Elizabeth Melissa Weber DeWater. The DeWater family was originally from Michigan. They later moved to Oklahoma and it was here that Elijah Hamilton DeWater died. He is buried in the Glass Mountain Area of Oklahoma, near Fairview, OK. The family then moved to Kansas.
In 1907, Rudolph "Ralph" and Jessie Roll came by covered wagon to OK. They settled on a farm 4 miles west, two miles north and 1.2 mile west of Arapaho. Rudolph raised hogs in Kansas and he hired help to drive the hogs to his farm in Oklahoma. Here he raised corn, hogs and cattle. He took the hogs to market by train to Ft. Worth, Texas or to Wichita, Ks; usually buying a load of calves to take back home.
In 1916 Ralph and Jessie moved into their recently completed two-story home. Eight children were born into the Roll household: Frieda, Hubert, William Robert, Gladys, lester, Leola and Pauline. One child, Leona, a twin to Leola, passed away shortly after birth.
William Roll remembers a joke on his father which is still told. It goes like this: One day, Rudolph and his hired hands were picking corn, when the men noticed the neighbor farmer and his hired help going in with their last load of corn for the day. Rodolph consoled his help by telling them, "Don't worry boys, they might beat us in tonight, but we'll beat them out in the morning."
Rudolph died January 2, 1934 and was buried in the Arapaho Cemetery. Jessie Irene continued living on the farm until 1943, when she moved to Wichita, KS leaving her son, William Robert, to farm the homeplace. In 1956 she moved back to Arapaho and lived there until her death in January, 1962. She was also buried in the Arapaho Cemetery. Today her grandson, Ralph W. Roll, is still farming the home place and rearing his children there.
As of 2003, Ralph retired to Frisco, Colorado.
WILLIAM ROBERT ROLL
William Robert Roll was born January 4, 1908 near Arapaho, OK in Custer County to Rudolph and Jessie Roll. He was raised on the farm where he was born, attending school first at Sunnyside and later graduating at Emerson High School in Arapaho.
Claire Elizaeth Smith was born April 9, 1909 to pioneer parents, Frank and Maud Watts Smith. She was an only child, and moved to a farm 1/2 mile east of Arapaho. Here three children were born: Frances Elizabeth born November 4, 1930, Ralph Watts born December 31, 1934 and Ardeth Ann born November 7, 1936.
On Nov 21, 1937, Claire died leaving "Bill" with three small children to raise. Frances Elizabeth stayed with her mother's parents, Frank and Maud Smith for two years. Bill moved back to the farm where he was raised, with Ralph and Ardeth. His mother lived with them for six years before moving to Wichita, Kansas.
Bill raised his three children on the farm and when Ralph married Lettie Brown, september 22, 1957, they started farming with Bill. Three children: Melanie born Octoer 4, 1959, Mark born June 14, 1965 and Melissa born March 21, 1967, were born to Ralph and Lettie making the fourth generation to live on the farm.
Frances Elizabeth lives in Clinton. Ardeth Ann married Carrol Woodland and they had three children, Scott born July 6, 1956, Gregg born February 14, 1959 and Susan born June 11, 1961.
On June 8, 1959, William "Bill" Roll married Ruber Riber of Clinton. He moved to Clinton, but still farmed with Ralph until retiring in 1970.
The three children have fond, funny memories of their childhood with a daddy who was both daddy and mother to them. He had trouble learning to cook rice---but made sure they were in church with him every Sunday at the First Christian Church in Arapaho. Frances Elizabeth, being the oldest, mothered Ralph and "Ardie" and as a result, Ralph, still to this day, calls her "Boss".
When Bill married Ruby, she accepted her ready-made family with love and they, in turn think she is just
As of 2003, William "Bill" ROLL at age 95 is still living with his wife in Clinton, OK.
ROLL, Oklahoma cemeteries: Pie Flat Cemetery OK Roger Mills 355011N 0994238W Roll Rhome Cemetery OK Roger Mills 354634N 0993413W Roll SE Silent Home Cemetery OK Roger Mills 354737N 0994446W Roll Ioland Cemetery OK Ellis Co. 355642N 0993122W Roll NE Lone Bell Cemetery OK Ellis Co. 355141N 0993708W Roll SE