Oct. 10, 1919 Carthage Jasper County Missouri, USA
Apr. 5, 2002 Mount Vernon Lawrence County Missouri, USA
Veteran: WW II
h/o Ruth Shearer
Birth: in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri
Younger brother was the more scholarly of the two children, Lang attended Carthage Public schools, graduated from Pembroke Country Day School in 1936, attended Harvard before transferring to Franklin and Marshall where he gradusted in 1940, before WW II in which he enlisted in the Marine Corps, becoming an officer, remaining in the reserves following the war attaining rank of General.
Census: 1930, age 10, in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with parents & younger brother at 1349 south Main.
During the grand gala July 4th 1937 celebration at opening of the 177 acre Carthage Municipal Park, then on old "Mother Road", U S highway #66 west of Carthage, Lang and another, "Vernie" Crandell, preformed diving exhibitions before the large crowd at our new large swim pool with its symmetrical one, two & three meter diving tower at its north end.
Following his WW II service, Lang worked in his father's controlled newspaper, Joplin Globe, where he 1st worked under Clay Cowgill Blair, Sr., as publisher and was nearly killed shortly after the war in a single car, wreck at the Center Creek bridge south of Carthage, on his way home from work, became editor in 1954 later taking the helm of the paper.
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~ 1947 resides with wife at 409 Euclid boulevard, Carthage.
~ 1960 resides with wife at 1183 south Main street in house north across Macon street from "Wetzel's Folly", at 1183 south Main in Carthage, built by William McMillan which his maternal grandparents occupied following McMillan's death, his mother after father's death and where he & Ruth raised their three known children.
Death: in Mount Vernon, Lawrence county, Missouri
Father: Harrison Coburn Rogers b: 2 MAR 1884 in Kansas City, Wyandotte county, Kansas Mother: Helen C Lang b: 10 AUG 1892 in Jasper county, Missouri
Marriage: Ruth Shearer b: 21 DEC 1919 Coatesville, Chester county, Pennsylvania Married: 27 SEP 1941 likely in Pennsylvania.
Deceased Name: Rogers, Harrison Lang ROGERS, HARRISON LANG,82, Carthage, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2002, at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon.
Mr. Rogers was born October 10, 1919 in Carthage, to Helen Lang and Harrison Coburn Rogers.
He attended boarding school at Pembroke Country Day in Kansas City, MO, graduating at the age of 16, where he began swimming and diving. He continued diving at Harvard University and Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, graduating in 1940.
He was the third generation of the Rogers' family to hold top management positions at the Joplin Globe Publishing Company. His grandfather, Alfred Harrison Rogers, purchased a controlling interest in the company in 1910, and his father, Harrison C. Rogers, was president from 1923 until 1946. He began working at the paper during summer breaks from college serving as a cub reporter and writer for both the Joplin Globe and Joplin News Herald. Upon graduation from college, he returned to the newspaper and served as sports editor for the Herald, the afternoon paper, and special assignment reporter for the Globe until January, 1941, when he resigned to enlist in the United States Marine Corps.
He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in May, 1941 serving with distinction during World War II with the 4th Marine Division where he fought battles at Kwajalein Atoll, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima and the invasion of Leyte in the Philippines. He participated in five major operations and received two personal decorations as well as two unit citations. He remained active until 1946 and continued in the reserves until 1968, retiring as colonel.
Mr. Rogers returned to work at the newspaper following the death of his father in 1946. He held positions of farm editor and market reporter for the Joplin Stockyards. He became news editor of the Globe and News Herald in 1950 as well as city editor at times. In 1954 he became executive editor and in 1964 added the position of publisher, both titles which he held until the Rogers' family sold their controlling interest to the Ottaway Newspaper group in 1976.
He was a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, served for six years as a director of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association. He served for more than ten years as a member of the Government Affairs Committee of the American Newspaper Publishers Association and was a former chairman of the Missouri Associated Press Editors. Mr. Rogers was a member of the Academy of Missouri Squires, a group of 100 top state leaders recognized for their lasting contributions to their community, state and nation.
He held the honorary 33rd degree in Scottish Rite Freemasonry and was the local treasurer.
He was chairman of the Missouri Commission on Higher Education for 13 years prior to state reorganization. He served nine years on the Carthage Board of Education and five years as a member of the executive committee of the Missouri School Boards Association serving as president for three of those years.
He served as director and committee chairman of the Joplin Chamber of Commerce and served as president of the Joplin Southern Corporation.
He was president of Mount Hope Cemetery Association, Webb City.
He was a director and vice president of Mid-Continent Telecasting Corporation which operates KOAM-TV. He also served as a director and chairman of the board of Tri-State Motor Transit Company of Joplin, was director of Carthage Marble Corporation and Mercantile Bancorp and chairman of Knight Distributing in Overland Park, KS. He was active in Republican politics in southwest Missouri for a number of years including Jasper County chairman and treasurer of the Seventh Congressional District.
Mr. Rogers was a trustee of Franklin and Marshall College as well as serving on the Advisory Board for the Breech School of Business at Drury University.
He was an active member of the Grace Episcopal Church in Carthage where he served three terms as a member of the vestry and was a senior warden.
He was a licensed lay reader of the church for more than 25 years and received the Bishop's Medal of the Diocese of West Missouri in 1955.
He was a member of Twin Hills Golf and Country Club of Joplin, Broadview Country Club of Carthage, Wildwood Golf and Country Club of Wildwood, NJ, Circus Fans of America, Sigma Delta Chi fraternity, Kappa Sigma fraternity, Kansas City Press Club and Elks Club.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Shearer Rogers; three children, Judith Rogers Knight, Overland Park, KS, Sharyn Rogers Lee, Mt. Vernon, MO and Timothy Lang Rogers, Overland Park, KS; nine grandchildren, Cynthia Knight Cobb, Garth Eric Haugen, Andrew Barrett Knight, Hillary Tate Haugen, Katherine LeGuin Rogers, Lara Shearer Rogers, William Charles Lee, Matthew Aaron Lee and Jonathan Miller Lee; and five great-grandchildren, Hayley Katherine Cobb, Tanner Lang Haugen, Austin, Sami and Aaron Lee.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Grace Episcopal Church and Veterans Memorial Fund of Mount Hope Cemetery.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2002 at the Grace Episcopal Church in Carthage, with Father Steven Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Webb, under the direction of PARKER Mortuary. Rose Croix will be recited at the graveside by the member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Joplin. Military rites will be conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps of Springfield. The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday evening.