From Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin, publ. 1901 - page 715-716
ALVIN F. ROTE, the capable and efficient superintendent of public schools in Monroe, Green county, is universally conceded to be one of Wisconsin's best equipped, most conscientious and most thorough educators.
Lewis ROTE, our subject's father, was one of Green county's most prominent and influential citizens, and a brief outline of his life is given in a succeeding paragraph. His mother's maiden name was Vashty C. HITCHCOCK, and her birthplace was Trumbull county, Ohio. She was a lady of rare refinement, innate grace and superior education, being a student of Hiram College, Ohio, of which President James A. Garfield was an alumnus. Prof. ROTE lost his maternal love and care when he was but fifteen years old, but her memory yet remains to him fresh and sacred. She left two children, of whom Alvin F., was the elder. A daughter, Mary, was educated at the Monroe high school, and married F. F. WHITE; she died years ago, leaving two daughters, and her husband has since followed her to the grave.
In order to get a correct comprehension of the career and services of Prof. ROTE, it is necessary to recount the salient events in the life of his father, Lewis ROTE, a man whose moral worth, blameless life and high intellectual attainments at once challenged admiration and enforced respect. Lewis ROTE was born in Center county, Penn., Aug. 3, 1827. His parents removed to Venango county, in that State, and settled near Oil City, when he was a mere child of three years. At the age of sixteen he began the battle of life for himself, alternately working and teaching school until he found himself qualified to enter the college at Meadville, Penn. After three years' attendance at that school he began the study of law, and in 1853 came to Wisconsin. After halting at several points in the lead mining district he finally settled in Monroe. Here he taught school for several years before engaging in the practice of his profession. After the death of his first wife, Lewis ROTE married Edna BANCROFT, of Portage county, Ohio, who survived him. In 1884 he moved to Pierce, Neb., and engaged in farming, which vocation he followed until his death, on Nov. 23, 1899. During his residence in Monroe he was a prominent and influential citizen, being several times elected village clerk, a member of the school board, and justice of the peace. He was a man of uncompromising integrity, and absolutely fearless in maintaining what he believed to be the truth. Quiet and unobtrusive in demeanor and habits, he was none the less genial of temperament and generous at heart. After settling in Nebraska he was elected county judge, but resigned the office before the expiration of his term. He was an uncompromising Republican, and an earnest worker for his party, being an effective speaker and an admirable organizer. Many of the older residents bear testimony to his ability as an educator, and he was for many years one of the leaders of the Green county bar.
Alvin F. ROTE was born July 6, 1858, in Monroe. Immediately upon graduation from the Monroe high school he matriculated at the State University at Madison. At the close of his Sophomore year he taught in the high school in the city of his birth, discharging the duties of that position with a fidelity and ability which won universal commendation. Returning to the university, he completed his course and graduated in 1882. He was at once appointed principal of the high school at Neenah, Wis., where he remained four years. The nine years following were passed, four at Berlin and five at Beloit, and in 1895 he entered upon the duties of his present office.
While teaching at Neenah Mr. ROTE was married to Miss Mary W. KRUEGER, of that place, whose father, William KRUEGER, was one of the early pioneers of Winnebago county. They have one son, Robert, who was born in Berlin in 1888.
Prof. ROTE is an enthusiast in his work, and under his skillful management and watchful oversight the schools of Monroe compare favorably with those of any other city of like size in the State, the diploma of the high school being accepted at Madison as sufficient evidence of fitness to enter the university. Fraternally our subject is a Royal Arch Mason, being affiliated with the Beloit Chapter. In religious faith he is a Universalist.