Surnames: TOLER

ROSCOE D. WYATT.-That the widely-influential San Jose Chamber of Commerce owes much of its present efficiency, whereby it has been able to accomplish much for the development of Santa Clara County, to its wide-awake manager, Roscoe D. Wyatt, all who have followed the Chamber's rapid and healthy growth of late will realize. With all due credit to those who did the invaluable pioneer work before him, Mr. Wyatt has certainly carried the flag of conquest beyond where, even under the most favorable circumstances, it had ever been placed.

Mr. Wyatt was born at Salem, Ill., on March 11, 1883, the son of Robert A. and Laura E. Wyatt, and so came to attend the public schools of the Prairie State. In course of time, he became a student at the Southern Illinois State Normal University at Carbondale from which he was graduated in 1903, and then, having matriculated in 1909 from the College of Literature and Arts, with the Bachelor of Arts degree, and from the College of Law with the L.L. B. degree. He then taught in both the grammar and high schools in Illinois for three years and later, for three and one half years, practiced law in that state.

Deciding to break into a new field, Mr. Wyatt removed to the East and became manager of the Hoboken, N. J., Chamber of Commerce, a post he filled so acceptably that he remained there for four years. His reputation traveled westward, and on December 1, 1919, he was appointed manager of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce. While in Illinois, Mr. Wyatt had been mayor of the city of Salem from 1913 to 1915, as he was also secretary and treasurer of the Salem Ice Company, and in both of these fields of endeavor, as well as in his Hoboken office, he had acquired much, including an increased knowledge of human nature, which has been of great service both to San Jose and to Santa Clara County.

His general knowledge of Eastern as well as of Western conditions is a valuable asset in itself.

At Carbondale, Ill., on June 1, 1908, Mr. Wyatt was married to Miss Lillian Ethel Toler, the daughter of Capt. John Toler of that city; and this union has been blessed with the birth of one son, Francis D. Wyatt. While in college and the university, Mr. Wyatt belonged to the Acacia College fraternity and the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, and later he became a Mason, and is a member of the Chapter, the Council and the Consistory. He is also a member of the Rotary Club.

Transcribed by Joseph Kral, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1531


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