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John A. Rogers (1897)


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler
Date: 8/7/2008 at 08:47:43

Semi Weekly Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Tuesday, May 4, 1897
Page 3

As we go to press, word comes that “Uncle John” Rogers, an early settler and one of the oldest residents of this county, died at his home in Winterset between one and two o’clock this afternoon. He seems to have been in his usual health until yesterday morning, when he was suddenly taken ill. Mr. Rogers was 87 years old. We are not able at this writing to announce the time of the funeral.

Winterset Reporter
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, May 6, 1897
Pasge 4

An Old Settler Dead.

Died, at the home of his son in this city, Tuesday noon, Mr. John A. Rogers.

Mr. Rogers was born in Kentucky in the year 1810. When a small lad his parents moved to Indiana. In 1833 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Hamner. To them were born two sons and two daughters. One son, Lewis, and one daughter, Mrs. Sarah Lake, are yet living. In 1850 Mr. Rogers moved with his small family to Madison county, Iowa, and opened a fine farm in Scott township, where he lived until a few years ago. In September 1894 Mrs. Rogers died, since which time the subject of this sketch has made his home with his son, Lewis.

Mr. Rogers united with the Christian church about thirty-seven years ago and has been one of its main supports. When the new church was built he contributed quite liberally of his accumulated wealth.

One by one the first settlers are passing away, and even now but a few are left who came to this magnificent state in pioneer days.

The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock to-day.

Semi Weekly Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Friday, May 7, 1897
Page 2

The funeral of Mr. John Rogers was held yesterday afternoon, at the Christian church. As the church is at present without a pastor, the service was conducted by Mrs. Maggie Wallace, of Adair county. The attendance was large, as Mr. Rogers was an old resident of wide acquaintance in this county. The interment was at the city cemetery.

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Friday, May 14, 1897
Page 8, Column 1


John A. Rogers departed this life may 4, 1897 at his home in this city. He was one of the oldest settlers of this county. He was born in the year 1810 in Harden County, Ky. Dec. 13, 1832 he was married to Mary Hamner in Johnson county, Ind.

In 1852 he moved with his family to Madison county where he had a large farm. They left this farm about 15 years ago and moved to this city. Mrs. Rogers died September 25, 1894.

They were members of the First Christian church for 37 years. He was a good Christian man and his home in the earlier days was often the place of preaching and prayer. He was always willing to aid in the work of building a place of worship for the Christian people. He deeded to the Legrand Christian College and the First Christian church of this city a house and lot valued at twelve hundred dollars. When soliciting for the new church he gave one thousand dollars in cash.

He was a quiet unpretentious man, doing deeds of love and charity without pomp or show. You would not hear of having his name on the beautiful front windows of the new church although he had made it possible by his generosity for them to build it.

He was honest and upright in all his business dealings, the town a good citizen and the neighbors a kind friend. A few old people are as patient, kind and considerate as he was. He was always pleased with whatever kindness shown him. He had become very feeble yet ever patient as a little child. His Bible was his comforter and companion since the death of his wife.

We feel confident he has gone to his reward. He often expressed a desire to be at rest in the heavenly home. His son, Lewis, has been with him the past five years and done all a loving son could for his comfort, may we all live so as to meet him in Heaven. Sermon by Rev. Maggie Wallace of Griswold, Ia., (by request of deceased) assisted by Rev. Burnham of Linden, Iowa.


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