Born December 25, 1848
||Patrick Rogers, a prosperous farmer of Richland township, was born in Ireland, December 25, 1848, and is a son of Peter and Catherine (Moonen) Rogers, both natives of the Emerald isle. Shortly after his birth the parents came to the United States, taking up their residence in Dubuque county, Iowa, where the father engaged in mining. In 1856 Peter Rogers came to Jones county, where he purchased a portion of the farm which is now in the possession of his son George. On it he spent the remainder of the years allotted to him, devoting himself assiduously to agricultural pursuits with such results that by the time of his death, which occurred in 1880, he was in the enjoyment of a comfortable income. His wife survived him only four years, when in 1884, she too was called to her final rest. They were the parents of five children: Patrick, the subject of this sketch; Michael, who is deceased; George, a farmer of Richland township; Catherine, who lives with her brother George; and Jane, who has passed away.
Patrick Rogers was reared at home, where from the careful training of his parents he derived those lessons which have contributed so much to the success of his later years. He also attended the public schools, in which he learned the rudiments of an English education, so that by the time he had attained his majority he was well equipped for the practical and responsible duties of life. At that age he left the parental roof and bought the farm of ninety-five acres on which he lives today. With the passing years he has been able to add to the original tract until now he owns two hundred and thirty acres lying on sections 4 and 9, Richland township. This he has improved by planting a large grove of spruce trees and by erecting a fine house and many other buildings which are indicative of the progressive ideas which have contributed so much to his success. In addition to the cultivation of general crops he has engaged extensively in the raising of hogs, obtaining from both a gratifying income.
In 1884, Mr. Rogers was united in marriage to Miss Mary Coos, a native of Wisconsin and a daughter of Nicholas and Susanna Coos. The parents were both natives of Germany, and the mother is still living at the advanced age of eighty-three years, making her home with Mr. Rogers. Our subject and his wife have eight children: George P., John N., Catherine, Charles, Joseph, Laura, Lettie and Frank. The eldest is a farmer of this county, with whom Catherine makes her home. Laura has graduated from the common schools.
The family are members of the Catholic church, that being the faith in which the parents were reared, and are devout in the performance of their religious duties. Since he has been of an age to exercise the franchise right of a citizen of this republic, Mr. Rogers has allied himself with the democracy and has received evidence of the confidence placed in him by his fellow citizens, who have elected him to the school board and for twenty years chose him as one of the trustees of the township. This sign of public approval is even more gratifying than the substantial financial success which has rewarded his efforts.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 229.
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