Biography of Roswell M. Rogers
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ROSWELL M. ROGERS
Travel throughout the western part of the United States as far north as Canada and south across the line into Mexico has given Mr. Rogers a comprehensive knowledge of the resources of the vast region lying to the west of the Mississippi valley. Of all this great country he considers Southern California the most desirable from a standpoint of soil fertility, climatic conditions and business opportunities, and since he came to Riversides in 1907 his devotion to this well known region has deepened with his increased knowledge of its attractions. His attention has been given to his trade and he has not identified himself with horticultural activities, although he maintains a warm interest in the leading occupation of the locality.

The early boyhood days of Roswell M. Rogers were passed in a valley in Utah lying between the San Pitch and the Wahsatch mountains and in the county of San Pete, where he was born at Moroni, March 20, 1867, being a son of Ruel N. and Lovina Rogers. After the completion of the public school studies he was sent to Brigham Young's Academy and remained there until his graduation in 1891. Turning his attention from text book study to practical affairs, he apprenticed himself to Leo Halliday of Provo, Utah, and for three years served his time at the trades of brick layer and plasterer. When he had completed his apprenticeship and was free to make his own way, he traveled from place to place as a journeyman, meanwhile gaining practical experience at his trade and at the same time acquiring important information concerning the western country. Eventually he decided to establish a permanent home in Riverside and here since 1907 he has engaged in mason contracting, doing a large business in the line of his specialty. As a workman he is skilled, practical and efficient and completes every contract with thoroughness, neglecting no detail that will contribute in the least toward a satisfactory consummation of the task in question.

The first marriage of Mr. Rogers took place at Junction, Utah, January 25, 1892, and united him with Miss Theresa Barnson of that place. His second marriage was solemnized at San Bernardino in March of 1908 and united him with Miss Mabel McIntyre, by whom he has one child, Lovina. Mrs. Rogers is a daughter of William and Annetta McIntyre, who settled in Riverside in 1889. Of the first marriage there were four children. The eldest, Carl D., was born at Panguitch, Garfield county, Utah, March 10, 1893, and received a thorough education in local schools and Salt Lake University. At this writing he acts as his father's assistant in the mason business. The second child, Nellie, is a high school student. The others, Leon and Theresa, are pupils in the public schools of Junction, Utah. From early life Mr. Rogers has been a close student of public affairs. As he has reviewed the accumulating of vast wealth in the hands of a few, he foresees a time when the masses will be in little less than slavery to the capitalists and he regards socialism as the antidote for such a deplorable condition of affairs. Hence he is a socialist in the true sense of that often abused word, a firm believer in the rights of the poor and in the obligations of the nation toward even the humblest struggler who can claim citizenship beneath the stars and stripes.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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