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John U. Rogers

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Posted: 5 Nov 2006 6:10PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Rogers, Umstead, Lewis, Slyter, Custer, Goul
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 635-636

John U. Rogers, ex-trustee and prominent farmer of Polk township, Huntington county, Indiana, is a son of Charles J. and Sarah (Umstead) Rogers, and was born March 20, 1845. His ancestors were originally from Wales, and immigrated to America with William Penn, settling in the state of Pennsylvania, where Charles J. Rogers was born. On January 1, 1833, he came to Madison county, Indiana, and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land, and later went back to Pennsylvania, and was married to Miss Sarah Umstead, who was born in Wurtemberg, Germany. In 1818 her parents had immigrated to Pennsylvania, and afterward moved to Huntington county and entered land in Polk township. The wife and mother died, leaving three daughters and two sons, and the father was again united in marriage, the issue being one daughter.

John U. Rogers was born and reared amid the peaceful environments of a farm in Madison county, where he attended the traditional log school and acquired an education that would enable him to compare favorably with other boys of his age. His practical nature enabled him to grasp and retain ideas which were passed unheeded by the less thoughtful and unobserving youth, and he has treasured up in the storehouse of memory a rich fund of information which is at once useful and instructive.

Mr. Rogers led Miss Elizabeth H. Lewis to Hymen's altar on September 2, 1868, the ceremony being performed in the same house in which they now reside. Her parents, Jonathan and Phoebe (Slyter) Lewis, were pioneers of this township, and still reside on the land they entered so many years ago. Her father took a prominent part in all affairs of import to the township, and his popularity and standing in the community may be guessed from the fact that he served as trustee for Polk township for the exceedingly long term of eighteen years. Mrs. Rogers was one of a family of seven children, and was the mother of five, namely: Jonathan L., who was born June 16, 1869, and is holding a lucrative position on the Big Four Railway, married Miss Edna Custer; Alice E., who became the wife of Jesse L. Goul, a resident of Anderson, Indiana, where he is employed in a hardware store; Charles W., who was born March 10, 1873, and passed through the gates of eternity in his thirteenth year; Sarah L., who was born February 6, 1875, is a successful teacher in the Warren public schools, a lady of superior intellectual attainments, was a close student, and after completing the teacher's course in the Marion Normal in 1893 entered the State University at Bloomington, and still further fitted herself for the profession she was to enter by attending the University at Indianapolis; and Ellen P.., born March 18, 1878, after graduating from the high school at Anderson completed her education in the superior schools of Terre Haute, and accepted a position in the schools at Andrews, where she is still engaged; she also attended the University at Indianapolis. Mr. Rogers and his family are a credit to the county and enjoy the respect of all who know them. They are members of the Quaker church and take an active part in all church work.

Mr. Rogers has been prominently identified with the Republicans of Polk township, representing them in county and state conventions, as well as serving as committeeman and was appointed to the office of township trustee to fill an unexpired term.

Her father, while acting as trustee, erected six school houses in Polk township. He was liberal in all religious and educational institutions and causes.

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