Biography of Homer Rouze
Marion County, IA Biographies





Homer Rouze owns and operates a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 35, Swan township. The place presents a neat and thrifty appearance and gives every indication of the careful supervision of a practical and progressive owner. Mr. Rouze was born at the old town of Wheeling, in Marion county, April 13, 1858, a son of A. W. and Sarah (Kavanagh) Rouze, who were married in Ohio and shortly afterward came to Iowa, settling at Wheeling, in Marion county. The father was a teacher and followed that profession for many years. He also followed farming in Swan township in his later years. He had probably taught for a longer period than any other representative of the profession in Marion county and he imparted with readiness and clearness to others the knowledge that he had acquired.

A. W. Rouze was born in the Buckeye state and was educated in Oberlin College. After removing to the west he taught in Wheeling and Pleasantville and also for a number of years in Warren county, at Hartford, Palmyra and other places. He also secured land and improved a homestead, converting his place into a fine farm. The family at first lived in a log house but as the years passed it became possible for him to provide for them a more modern residence and supply them with many comforts of life. Removing to Swan, the family there resided for a number of years, or until the death of Mrs. Rouze in July, 1902, when she was more than seventy years of age. Mr. Rouze then returned to the old home farm, whereon he passed away April 24, 1912, when more than eighty two years of age. He was a member of the Methodist. Episcopal church, while his wife held membership in the Christian church. He filled the office of justice of the peace for several years and his decisions were strictly fair and impartial, based upon the law and equity in the case. His political allegiance was given to the republican party and he was at one time a candidate for the office of county treasurer. In the family of A. W. and Sarah Rouze were five children, besides the subject of this review: H. H., a farmer now living near Minneapolis, Minnesota; Mrs. Stella Moffatt, residing in Calhoun county, Iowa; Mrs. Sibyl Pyle, of Nebraska; William, who died at the age of sixteen years; and Albert, who died in infancy.

Homer Rouze was reared in Swan township, in which his birth occurred. His experiences were those which usually fall to the lot of the farm lad who divides his time between the duties of the schoolroom, the pleasures of the playground and the work of the fields. He was married in this county March 13, 1884, to Miss Clara Spencer, who was born in Michigan, September 9, 1858, a daughter of John and Lucy (Abram) Spencer, who removed from Michigan to Indiana, where the mother died in 1862, leaving six children, of whom three are yet living: J. G., who is now a resident of Kansas City; Mrs. Emma Harmon, of Marshall county, Iowa; and Mrs. Rouze. It was in the year 1864 that John Spencer brought his family to Marion county, settling in Pleasant Grove township. He was a farmer and carpenter, devoting his entire life to those pursuits. Having lost his first wife, he married Mrs. Lovisa Pickett, nee Miner, who is now also deceased. They had two children: William, now living in Kansas; and Mrs. Amanda Gish, of Washington. The death of Mr. Spencer occurred at his home in Pleasant Grove township about 1878, when he was sixty years of age.

To Mr. and Mrs. Rouze were born ten children, of whom five survive, namely: Samuel V. and M: G., both of Minnesota; and Lloyd S., Grace and Loren, all at home. Those deceased were Alva, John Wiley, Ethel, and two who died in infancy.

Politically Mr. Rouze is an earnest republican and an active worker in the local ranks of the party, doing all in his power to promote its growth and insure its success. His fellow townsmen, appreciative of his worth and ability, have called him to a number of local offices. His wife is a member of the Christian church at Pleasantville. The family is widely and favorably known and warm regard is entertained for them by their friends and neighbors. For more than fifty six years Mr. Rouze has resided in this county and is therefore numbered among the early settlers who have seen most of the county's development and progress, taking an active part in all that pertains to the upbuilding of the community in which he lives.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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