Jackson D. Rogers is extensively engaged in farming in Indiana township, an excellent property of three hundred
and forty acres on section 17 paying tribute to the care and labor which he bestows upon it. He was born in this
county July 21, 1868, his parents being Benjamin and Mary E. (Ruffner) Rogers, both of whom were natives of Indiana
and came to Iowa in 1864, taking up their abode upon a farm which is now the home of their son, J. D. Rogers. The
father converted the land into rich and productive fields and lived upon this place until 189o, when he removed
to Knoxville, where his remaining days were passed, his death there occurring in 1905. His widow survives and has
now reached the age of seventy six years. In their family were two children but the elder, Raze11a, is now deceased.
J. D. Rogers remained under the parental roof during the period of his boyhood and youth and attended the district
schools through the winter seasons, while the summer months were devoted to farm work. After reaching adult age
he started out in life on his own account by renting the old home farm and after two years he purchased the property.
Today he is the owner of three hundred and forty acres of rich and valuable land on section 17, Indiana township,
which is all splendidly improved. In the midst of the place stands a comfortable residence and in the rear of this
are good barns and outbuildings that furnish ample shelter to grain and stock. All around stretch the broad fields
that annually produce good harvests as a reward for the progressive methods of the owner. Mr. Rogers makes a specialty
of raising and feeding stock in connection with the cultivation of the cereals best adapted to soil and climate
and his stock raising, like his farming, is bringing to him gratifying financial returns.
In 1890 Mr. Rogers was united in marriage to Miss Ida Whitlatch, a native of this county and a daughter of George
and Rachel Ann Whitlatch, of whom mention is made elsewhere in this volume. Mrs. Rogers took up the profession
of school teaching in early womanhood and was thus engaged for four terms. Both Mr. and Mrs. Rogers are members
of the Methodist Protestant church and are much interested in its work, aiding in the extension of its influence.
Mr. Rogers votes with the republican party but has never filled political office. He is interested in community
affairs, however, and is now serving for the thirteenth year as a member of the school board, in which connection
he has done much to further the interests of education. He has spent his entire life in this county and is widely
known, particularly in Indiana township, where high regard is entertained for him by all with whom he has been
brought in contact.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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