The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

by Jenna Clayton, Quill Reporter

Meet your neighbor Mr. Melvin Roth born in Monmouth Hospital, raised near Stronghurst.

Mr. Roth is married to La Rae and has four kids and a foster son. He grew up on a corn, beef, and vegetable farm in Henderson County.

He was taught to do what is right and to help others and be thankful for what he had.

He was raised in a closely knit family that went to church together and ate their meals together. He was always expected to work hard and do everything he could around his home.

Mr. Roth graduated from Southern High School in Stronghurst in 1985 and from WIU with his Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Education in 1989.

He is now the Agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor at Illini West High School in Carthage. He previously did chemical research for two Agro-chemical corporations, Monsanto and CIBA-Geigy.

He also taught at Brimfield and Galesburg High Schools and La Harpe High School and Middle School.

When Mr. Roth was asked for something that stands out in his life he answered, "Every time I get to hunt with my kids, every hug from a toddler, my bride walking down the aisle, a picked pass against Hamilton returned 62 yards for the score, and seeing my students smile when they earn an award."

Mr. Roth's hobbies are; hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, all outdoor sports, and spending time with family and friends.

He is also interested in antiques and enjoys landscaping and lawn care.

He attends Burnside Christian Church and is active in Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT).

A quote that Mr. Roth admires is one by Abraham Lincoln, "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next."