Born October 25, 1854
|George Rogers, a successful representative of the agricultural and stock raising interests of Jones county, is the owner of an excellent farm of four hundred and twenty acres in Richland township. He was born in Dubuque county, Iowa, on the 25th of October, 1854, his parents being Peter and Catherine (Moonen) Rogers, both natives of Ireland. In 1849 they crossed the Atlantic to the United States, taking up their abode in Dubuque county, Iowa, where the father was engaged in mining. In 1856 he came to Jones county, purchasing a portion of the farm which is now in possession of his son George. He made his home thereon throughout the remainder of his life, devoting his time and energies to general agricultural pursuits with gratifying results. His demise occurred in 1880 and his wife, surviving him but four years, was called to her final rest in 1884. They were the parents of five children, namely: Patrick, a resident of Jones county; Michael, who is deceased; George, of this review; Catherine, who lives with her brother George; and Jane, who has likewise passed away.
George Rogers spent his youthful days under the parental roof, attending the common schools it, pursuit of an education that would equip him for the practical and responsible duties of life. When twenty-one years of age he took charge of the old home farm, operating the same until his father's death, at which time it came into his possession. He is now the owner of four hundred and twenty acres of rich and arable land in Richland township, this county, and also has a tract of three hundred and twenty acres in Cedar county, Nebraska. In addition to the production of cereals he makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock, both branches of his business returning to him a gratifying annual income. His industry has ever been one of his salient characteristics and has been the measure of his success.
In 1905 Mr. Rogers was united in marriage to Miss Rosanna Troye, a native of Austria, who came to this country in the year 1902. They now have three children: Joseh Peter, Catherine B. and Mary G.
Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. Rogers has cast his ballot in support of the men and measures of the democracy. His fellow townsmen have honored him by election to various positions of public trust and he has acted as township trustee and supervisor, while for about a quarter of a century he has served as school treasurer. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Catholic church, of which his wife is also a communicant. He has now made his home in this county for more than a half century and his life, ever upright and honorable, has gained for him the warm esteem and unqualified confidence of those with whom business or social relations have brought him in contact.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 199.
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