Biography of Russell A. Rogers
Marin County, CA Biographies





Russell A. Rogers, Whose portrait ajpears in this work, was born in Orange county, Vermont, on the nineteenth day of October, 1827. At the age of fourteen he took a position as clerk in a country store, where he remained for four years, after which he removed to Boston, where he continued in the same business until December, 1851. He then sailed for California, arriving the first of 1852, and started at once for the mines, choosing Shasta and Trinity counties for his field of operations. Here he remained for one year, experiencing the usual ups and downs of mining Me. In 1853 he returned to San Francisco and soon engaged in the dairy business, his farm being situated west of the Old Mission Dolores, where Fourteenth street is now located. He continued in this business until 1869. By this time the city had increased in size until it encroached upon the land which he had purchased years before at a very low price. He then divided his land into city lots and sold the greater part, forming the remainder into a homestead, which has been for some years his city residence. During his long sojourn in California, he has visited his native State twice. In 1871 he returned with his family to the East and spent the Summer. In 1869 he purchased the farm which he now carries on, situated at San Geronimo station, Nicasio township, consisting of seven hundred acres of grazing and farming land. The San Geronimo Gold and Silver mine is located on his place. Mr. Rogers was united in marriage with Clara Walbridge, a native of Caledonia county, Vermont, in 1856. Five children have been born to them, three of whom, Nellie, Addie, and Harry are now living.

From:
History of Marin County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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