McRoberts, James Alexander

Birth Name McRoberts, James Alexander
Nick Name Jim, Mac
Birth Name McRoberts, James Alexander
Gender male
Age at Death 82 years, 1 month, 3 days


working at Jones Stores Co 12th & Main, KC, MO June 5, 1917 (WW1 Draft Card)

message from Kyle, his grandson:
Jim's nickname was "Mac". I guess because he would correct their pronunciation of McRoberts...
I knew him the first 15 years of my life. They lived about 5 miles away and we visited on every possible occasion. I remember Lela was somewhat aloof, as if she'd had enough of kids! but Mac was extroverted and always trying to make everyone as comfortable as possible. He had the perfect salesman's personality and was always making quips and puns. He reserved his dry humor for mixed company. He was exceptionally industrious and provided well for his extended family, altho he retired before I was born. He worked for the RailRoad most of his life and visited everywhere in the country the railroad went. He was very devout and went to Central Bible Church while in KC; there he was a deacon and very involved in church activities.

After retiring, he was a salesman at Builders Mart "5903 Johnson Dr" in Mission, KS

Here's an example of the kind of joke he wrote down to tell his male customers:

"There was a young girl from Anheuser
Who said no man could surprise her
But Pabst took a chance
Found Schlitz in her pants
And sent her home Pale Budweiser"

Attached an example of his Vacation Diaries.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1893-11-23 Union, Pike, IN, USA   1a
Military Service from 1918-06-02 to 1919-03-31   PVT US MARINE CORPS WORLD WAR I 2
Event Note

spent 9 months at Quantico; got special discharge (sickness and dependencies)

Death 1975-12-26 Kansas City, Jackson, MO    
Burial 1975-12-31 Ft. Leavenworth, KS National Cemetery 3
Cause Of Death     Heart Disease  


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father McRoberts, David Alvin1872-06-011926-07-12
Mother McAtee, Elizabeth Frances1876-07-061957-01-09
         McRoberts, James Alexander 1893-11-23 1975-12-26
    Sister     McRoberts, Audrey Dorothy 1896-07-04 1992-06-20
    Sister     McRoberts, Pansy 1898-09-01 1899-12-00
    Brother     McRoberts, Glen William 1900-08-08 1972-05-11
    Sister     McRoberts, Leona F? 1901-11-23 1977-12-29
    Sister     McRoberts, Mildred Maye 1903-08-12 1986-07-00
    Sister     McRoberts, Nellie 1907-02-02 1998-11-13
    Brother     McRoberts, Lester A 1909-11-12 1953-04-13
    Sister     McRoberts, Ethel Mary 1913-10-26 1989-07-22


Family of McRoberts, James Alexander and Myers, Lela Marie

Married Wife Myers, Lela Marie ( * 1897-10-25 + 1971-06-08 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1921-03-21 Ottawa, Franklin, KS   4

I believe they first lived in KC, MO (4430 Highland in 1930 census) with Lela's mother, Adah, but during 1930 they moved to Wichita, KS (544 N Estelle Ave). They moved to 4104 Greenbrier Dr, Dallas, TX in June 1, 1941 and lived there until ~1954, when they moved back to KC (house at 5647 Granada Ln, Roeland Park, KS).

1950 Census Dallas, TX. (James A, Lela M, Lavera L), Jim is a "Freight Agent" for the railroad.

Note: James appears twice in 1930 Census -
1) Boarder in Wichita, KS
2) head of hh in KC, MO with Lela, James, Loren, and Adah Myers.

They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on March 21, 1971, 3 months before Lela died.

Name Birth Date Death Date
McRoberts, James Armand1921-10-251977-09-29
McRoberts, Loren Myers1924-01-071974-05-15
McRoberts, Lavera Lee1935-02-102005-12-31

Family of McRoberts, James Alexander and Brackinreed, Verna M

Married Wife Brackinreed, Verna M ( * 1906-04-15 + 2002-01-01 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1975-05-16 Kansas City, Jackson, MO Marriage of James A McRoberts and Verna Brackinreed