Born in Luxembourg in 1877. Roeder was raised on a farm and then worked in Lorraine in the steel mills and iron mines. With wife and children, he joined his brother in Richmond, CA in 1909. After working for Standard Oil as a pipe fitter and operating a ranch in nearby Sonoma, in 1928 he returned to Richmond to become the gardener for Union High School. A self-taught artist, in his leisure he sculpted and painted primitives. Roeder died in Richmond on July 31, 1964. Exh: Richmond Art Center, 1961, 1963 (solos); Oakland Museum, 1986 (folk art). In: Oakland Museum; Richmond Art Center.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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