Rollin A. Rosenberger, who was for a long time identified with agricultural interests in Iowa county, was a
native of Seneca county, Ohio, born on the 13th of February, 1852. His father, Rollin S. Rosenberger, was accidentally
killed by a tree falling upon him when our subject was an infant. The mother, who was in her maidenhood Miss Sarah
A. Baer, subsequently removed to Iowa county, Iowa, with her father, John Baer, locating in Hartford township.
As they arrived about 1854 they were among the early settlers of this part of the state and found conditions primitive
in. many respects. The mother remarried, becoming the wife of Nicholas Keim, likewise an early settler of this
Rollin A. Rosenberger was an infant when he accompanied his mother on her removal to Hartford township, this county,
and there passed his boyhood and youth. He married before he was twenty years of age and following that event located
upon eighty acres of land which his guardian, Levi Shedenhelm, had bought for him. He prospered in his work as
a farmer and from time to time purchased more land, so that at his demise he owned more than two hundred and thirty
acres, which is still in the possession of his widow. He was diligent in the performance of the various tasks connected
with the operation of his farm, kept everything in good repair, and the good income which he derived from his land
was but the reward of his labor.
On the 8th of February, 1872, Mr. Rosenberger was united in marriage to Miss Samantha Warrington, who removed to
this county from Seneca county, Ohio, in 1866, with her foster parents, Daniel and Henrietta (Clay) Reichart, with
whom she made her home from the age of four years until her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Rosenberger became the parents
of six daughters: Ada, who married George Stoner, of Hartford township; Frances, the wife of William Kensler, also
of Hartford township; Mae, who gave her hand in marriage to John Shaull, ex mayor of Ladora and a blacksmith of
that city; Alice, who married Clayton Fuller, of Hartford township; Addasa, the wife of John Baitinger, of Hartford
township; and Pearl, at home.
Mr. Rosenberger consistently voted the republican ticket and was stanch in his defense of the principles of that
party. Although he did not lack a commendable interest in public affairs he never aspired to office, being content
to remain a private citizen. He was a devout member of the Methodist Protestant church, as is his widow, and his
influence was used in support of measures seeking the moral betterment of his community. All who knew him spoke
well of him and his demise, which occurred on the 25th of November, 1908, when he was fifty six years, nine months
and twelve days old, was sincerely regretted by many who had learned to value highly his friendship.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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