T P Rogers
Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/10/2009 at 21:29:53
T P Rogers, Honored and respected by all, there is not man in Boone or in the county who occupies a more enviable position than T P Rogers, who is engaged in the manufacture of cereals. His business is proving one of the creditable success. His parents, John and Mary (Bartley) Rogers, were natives of Ireland and in 1848 the father came to the Unties States, while three years later his wife arrived in the new worlds. Their first home was in Laporte, Indiana, where they were married in 1855. Subsequently the removed to Amboy, Illinois, in 1858 and in the spring of 1869 came to Boone. The father was engaged in boiler-making throughout his active business career. His birth occurred in 1830 and his wife’s in 1833 and by their marriage they became the parents of twelve children, of whom eight are yet living. All, however, reached years of manhood and womanhood. E W, who is foreman of the Cook Locomotive Work, of Paterson, New Jersey, John who makes his home in Perry, Iowa where he is employed as an engineer on the Milwaukee Railroad, Margaret, the wife of Daniel Finley, of Missouri Valley, Iowa, James, who died in Norfolk, Nebraska, in 1896 at the age of thirty-five years. While his wife, who bore the maiden name of Kate Connelly, is still residing in Boone, Mary , the wife of Charles Clems, Simon, who is president of the Dunlap Milling Company, at Dunlap Iowa, Alice, the wife of W H Coughlin, a miller of Eagle Grove, Iowa, who is now president of the Rogers-Coughlin Milling Company, Frank, who is vice-president of the same company, Joseph, who is proprietor of the Woodbine Flour Mills as a partner of the firm of Rogers & Brothers, and Miles and Catherine, twins, who are both deceased the former having passed away at the age of twenty-one years and the latter of twelve years.
T P Rogers, whose name introduces this record, was born in Amboy, Illinois, February 18, 1865, and pursued his education in the schools of Boone, Entering upon his business career in connection with S S Payne. For one year the firm of Payne & Rogers continued business, at the end of which time the partner of our subject disposed of his interest to M J Reilly, forming the firm of Rogers & Reilly, and the new firm maintained its existence for two years. Mr Rogers then sold out and was engaged in the wholesale coffee business with the Columbia Coffee Company, of Chicago. Later he sold his interest in that enterprise and in 1894 came to Boone, purchasing a half interest in the Carlson Milling Company, which eventually developed into the Dowd, Rogers Milling Company. Charles H Carlson, a member of the firm, was killed in 1895, at which time E H Dowd became his successor and the name of Dowd, Rogers Milling Company was then assumed. In February 1891, Mr Rogers sold his interest and established the Rogers Cereal Company, which has since been engaged in manufacturing breakfast foods, their leading cereal being the Morning Glory oats. The daily output is three hundred and twenty-five barrels of oatmeal, one hundred barrels of wheat flour, fifty barrels of rolled wheat and ten tons of corn and oat feed. The products are shipped to nearly all the markets of the United States and they sell only to the wholesale trade, doing a jobbing business. To T P Rogers is due the success of this enterprise, his keen judgment and unflagging industry being salient features in his prosperity.
In 1880 Mr Rogers was united in marriage to Della Payne. She died at he age of twenty-two years, laving tow children Hazel and Bessie. In 1897 he was again was married, his second union being with Mrs Wilfarene Johnston, a daughter of John Gamble of Boone. She was first married to B E Johnston, of Kansas City, and by that marriage has two surviving children John and Wilfarene Johnston. By her second marriage, to Mr Rogers, she also has two children, Mienard and Emmett. Our subject and his wife hold membership in the church of the Sacred Heart and are people of genuine worth, having due regard for all the obligations and duties of life and at the same time winning many friends through their genial manner and social dispositions. Mr Rogers is notable prompt, energetic and reliable in business affairs, brooking no obstacles that can be overcome by determination and honorable effort. He has steadily worked his way upward to success and today is an important factor in the industrial life of Boone, his enterprise being one of the moment to the city through its promotion of commercial activity and the employment furnished to a large force of workmen.
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