Well Known Farmer Dies Aged 79 Years

Samuel Rogers Passes Away Friday In Hospital At Beardstown

Samuel Rogers died at the hospital in Beardstown Friday, aged 79 years, 7 months and 11 days.

Samuel J., son of Samuel J. and Cornelia McClelland Rogers, was born at Bealsville, Pa., Nov. 19, 1859. On March 5, 1882 he was united in marriage to Carrie Wright and to this union was born two children, Nellie Gibbons of Peoria, and Faye Walters of Bader. He came to Illinois in 1876 and made his home near Astoria throughout his life time.

He was a public spirited man, always interested in the welfare of his community. In politics he was a staunch Republican. He loved educational things and enjoyed to read, especially the history of our country and he could repeat volumes of poetry. He had been in failing health for years, due to advanced age. His mind remained clear and he enjoyed talking of early days and memories of his eastern home. Many years ago he became converted at the Engle church and was always interested in seeing Christian work go on. Although he had not attended church for years, he kept his faith and had expressed his desire to pass to that better land.

He was a kind father and a good neighbor and had many friends who will miss him from the neighborhood. His wife preceded him in death April, 1926. In January, 1929, he was united in marriage to Dottie Wise.

He was stricken with a throat ailment and was taken to the hospital in hopes of being cured. All that medical aid and loving hands could do was done, but to no avail, and at 3 o’clock Friday, his spirit went back to God. He was of Scotch-English parentage, the last of his family, his parents and two sisters, Florence and Clara dying many years ago.

He leaves to mourn his passing, the above named daughters, and four grandchildren, Roger Gibbons of Wilmington, Ohio, Robert of Peoria, Darlene and Enid Walters of Bader, and one step-daughter, Ramona Wise of Canton, and a large circle of friends.

Funeral services were held at the U. B. church in Astoria Sunday, conducted by Rev. John Trone of Browning. Interment in Astoria cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 7/5/1939

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