The subject of this sketch is J.H. Moger, a liveryman of Glasco, an old timer and one of the organizers of Oakland township, which was formerly part of Meredith, where he used his homestead right, and lived on the east branch of Pipe creek until the year 1893. Until this date he had always been a farmer except the three years he worked in the service of "Uncle Sam," He was a member of the First Brigade First Division of the Fifteenth Corps of the Army of the Tennessee, under command of that illustrious old war horse, John A. Logan, or "Black Jack," as he was familiarly known to the soldiers. Mr. Moger enlisted August 2 , 1862, in the Thirty-first Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company D, under Colonel Smith, who was succeeded by Colonel Jerry Jenkins. They operated in the west and down the Mississippi to Vicksburg and with Sherman on his famous march to the sea. He was a participant in the historical battles of Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Atlanta, siege of Vicksburg and many other important engagements. After the war he settled in Iowa, where he farmed until 1873.
Mr. Moger is a native of Rockford, Illinois. born November 21, 1843. He is a son of J.J. and C.C. (Sheppard) Moger. His father, a farmer by occupation, was born in the state of Pennsylvania in 1812. The Mogers are of French origin and the original name was spelled Mojer. There was a Moger estate in England said to represent several millions of dollars. A brother started for England on a tour of investigation and was lost in a shipwreck at sea. The Mogers originally came from France to England. J.J. Moger moved from Pennsylvania to New York, where his brothers operated a line of boats on the Erie canal. In 1841 he emigrated to Illinois, where he died in 1888, at the age of seventy-five years. Mr. Moger's mother died at the home of her son James Moger in Ottawa county, in 1897, at the age of eighty-five years. Mr. Moger is one of five children, four sons and one daughter. Sarah Ellen, wife of Jacob Kirby, a farmer of Ottawa county., Kansas; Charles A., whom Mr. Moger had not seen since 1866, died near Bozeman City, Montana; he was a confectioner; Edward, a farmer and stone mason, of Iowa; James F., recently of Ottawa county, Kansas, now a farmer near Spring Water, Oregon.
In 1893 Mr. Moger moved to Minneapolis, Kansas, where he engaged in the livery and hotel business. Though these were hard years - 1893-4-5 - he was fairly successful. At the end of that period he came to Glasco, formed a partnership with Ed. Oakes, his son-in-law, and assumed charge of the Spaulding Hotel, with a livery in connection. In 1900 Mr. Oakes sold his interest in the livery to Dick Wood. Mr. Moger retired from the hotel and the following July became sole proprietor of the livery and has built up a paying business.
Mr. Moger was married October 3, 1867, to Susan Rosetta Robinson, a native of Spencer, New York. The Robinsons emigrated to Illinois and settled in DeKalb county and subsequently Iowa, where she met and married Mr. Moger. Mr. and Mrs. Moger are the parents of six daughters. The two eldest children were born in Iowa, and the four younger daughters in Kansas. Hattie, wife of S.A. Barnes, a farmer near Clifton, Washington county, Kansas; Lenora, wife of Ed. Oakes (see sketch); Ella, wife of Frank Morey, a liveryman of Clay Center, Kansas; Alma, wife of George Pagan, a farmer of Ottawa county, but for several years a liveryman, located in Minneapolis, Kansas; Edna Celestia, on last year's course in the high school of Glasco, and Millie Philancie, aged fourteen.
Mr. Moger votes the straight Republican ticket. He served as deputy sheriff, under Ed. Marshall, two years, has filled various township offices and has been a member of the school board. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic post, of Minneapolis, and the Knights and Ladies of Security, Minneapolis lodge.
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
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