Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Mr. Rough was born in Perry Co., Pa., Dec. 6, 1838, and remained there until 1849, when he removed to Bertrand,
Berrien Co., Mich., with his parents. In the spring of 1863 he was married, and soon after began housekeeping on
the farm he now owns, which was formerly known as the Miller Farm." In 1875, Mr. Rough purchased the "John
Borden" farm, upon which he has recently completed an elegant brick residence, at a cost of ten thousand dollars,
the building being the finest private farmdwelling in Berrien County, in which he now resides.
Mr. Rough was left a widower on the 18th of November, 1874, and three children mourned a mother's death.
In 1877 he made a trip to California, and visited the principal cities, both in the northern and southern portions
of the State; deviating from the general route, visiting Denver and the mining parts of Colorado, Salt Lake City,
and also t.he principal cities along the main route. In the summer of 1878, accompanied by his children, he made
an extended tour through the East, visiting Western Canada, Niagara Falls, the river St. Lawrence, Montreal, Quebec,
the White Mountains, Vermont, and Massachusetts. In 1877, in company with his brothers, he established a hardware
store at Buchanan, which is now in a flourishing condition. In partnership with Solomon Rough and William Pears,
he owns the "Little Mill" (grist), and the grist.mill at the village of Buchanan. In 1879 he entered
in copartnership with W. R. Rough and Solomon Rough, under the firm of Rough Bros'. Wagon-Works, to manufacture
wagons, buggies, etc., at Buchanan.
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.