The subject of this sketch, Henry Rogers, like thousands of his countrymen, has been adopted by "Uncle Sam," and like the majority of English people, he attained success, and is one of the progressive farmers of Lyon township. He was born in the city of Bertford, England, in 1850. He received a common school education in the Hertford city schools, and at the age of nineteen years emigrated to Monticello, Iowa, where an uncle, George George, his mother's brother, resided and who emigrated to Illinois in 1840, and settled in Iowa as early as 1849.
Mr. Roger's parents were William and Sarah (George) Rogers. His father followed the occupation of baker. He died in England in 1874. Mr. Roger's paternal grandfather was a native of Wales. His mother's ancestry were English people. She died in 1870. He was one of seven children, three of whom are living. A brother and sister died in England; John a railroad man and Jane, wife of Harry H. Mansbridge, a merchant in the city of London.
Mr. Rogers learned the cabinetmakers; trade in England, but discarded that occupation and engaged in farming in Iowa, where he remained six years and emigrated overland to Kansas in 1876. When he reached Cloud county, his destination, he bought the relinquishment of Tom Bennett to his present homestead. Prior to this, however, it was the original homestead of the Yockeys, who figured so prominently in the Indian raids. Mr. Rogers has erected most of the buildings and furnished the principal improvements to the farm.
His land consists of one hundred and sixty acres, about one half of which is wheat land, and is situated seven miles northeast of Glasco. He keeps about forty head of fine Hereford cattle. Mr. Rogers, with his father-in-law, drove five hundred head of sheep through from Iowa. Mr. Rogers has acquired all his possessions since leaving England. He landed in Iowa with fifty cents, and in Kansas with barely enough to secure his land. His first team was a yoke of oxen. In those days they exchanged work for commodities and Mr. Rogers incidentally remarked, Frank Wilson helped him as he did many other of the new settlers and added, "He was one of the best men the new country ever knew, he had money and he circulated it for the benefit of his neighbors." Mr. Rogers, like all of the early settlers, saw many discouragements, but their wants were not so numerous as now, and he soon found himself with a few acres of land under cultivation, raising enough on which to subsist.
He was married in 1876, to Mary Cool, a daughter of the Honorable Joseph Cool (see sketch of Mrs. Bates, who is a sister of Mrs. Rogers.) To Mr. and Mrs. Rogers have been born five children: Alfred, a farmer living in Lyon township, married to Hester Williams. They have one child, an interesting little daughter, Katherine. Rachel received a common school diploma from district No. 68, and graduated from the Concordia high school in 1896. She studied music in Lindsborg, has a cultivated voice and is an accomplished pianist. She has been employed continuously since her graduation as teacher in district No. 68. Rolla Raymond, received a common school diploma from district No. 68, and is now on his second year at the Agricultural College at Manhattan, Kansas. Ad Failing, a graduate of the common school studies in district No. 68., and on his second year in the Glasco high school. Emma Vine, a little daughter of eleven years.
In politics Mr. Rogers is a Populist, has served several terms as treasurer of his township and has been an efficient member of the school board for several years. Mrs. Rogers is a cultured woman of fine instincts and a member of the Universalist church of Delphos. Mr. Rogers is a member of the Modern Woodmen, Glasco lodge. The Rogers home is an exceedingly pleasant one, and they are among the representative families of Lyon township.
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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