|Birth: ||Apr., 1846|
|Death: ||Mar. 8, 1906|
Los Angeles County
An Illustrated History of Los Angeles County, California, Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1889, pgs. 801-802.
JAMES M. ROGERS. – The subject of this sketch is one of the well-known residents of the Duarte. He first came to this place in 1868, and took up his residence on Mountain avenue, occupying rented lands, upon which he engaged in general farming. In 1873 he purchased eighteen and three-fourths acres of the land he had previously rented. This tract is located on Mountain avenue, about two miles southeast of Duarte, and the same distance southwest of Monrovia, in the Duarte school district. He continued his farming operations in the Duarte district until 1875, and then moved to Ventura County, where he engaged in stock-raising. Mr. Rogers spent two years in that county, and then came south with his stock and located on the Chino Ranch, in San Bernardino County. In 1878 he returned to his home place, where he has since resided. His land is rich and productive, and well adapted to fruit cultivation, as is well attested by the choice varieties of citrus and deciduous fruit trees that comprise his family orchard of 125 trees. The most of his land is devoted to general farming, giving a large yield of grain, corn, potatoes, etc., and also with his system of irrigation from the Beardslee Water Ditch Company, large yields of alfalfa. In addition to conducting his home farm, Mr. Rogers is each year cultivating considerable acreage of rented lands and contracting in cutting hay, grain, etc. Mr. Rogers is a native of Conway County, Arkansas, dating his birth in 1846. His father, Andrew Rogers, was a native of North Carolina, who settled in Arkansas, and there married Miss Harriet Hollafield [Holyfield], a native of Alabama. The death of his father occurred in 1848, and his mother afterward married John Guess, a well-known resident and pioneer of Los Angeles County, locating near El Monte. He was reared as a farmer and stock-grower, receiving his education in the public schools at El Monte. He remained with his step-father until 1868, when he took up his residence at Duarte. Nearly his whole life has been spent in Los Angeles County, and he is well and favorably known throughout El Monte Township. His consistent and straight-forward course of life has secured him hosts of friends. He and his family are members of the Baptist Church. In political matters he is Democratic. In 1868 Mr. Rogers wedded Miss Jane Beardslee, the daughter of Dr. Nehemiah and Elvira (Anderson) Beardslee. Her father was a well-known pioneer of the Duarte, and the owner of the Beardslee tract. She died in 1873, leaving three children: John, Mary and Alice. In 1875 Mr. Rogers married Miss Mary McCrary, daughter of Alexander and Martha (Stater) McCrary. Her father is a native of Ohio, in which State Mrs. Rogers was born. Her mother was born in Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. McCrary are residents of Riverside, San Bernardino County. From the second marriage of Mr. Rogers there are five children, whose names are as follows: William H., James, Louie C., Mattie and Grover.
Los Angeles Times, March 9, 1906, pg. II13
FREAKISH MULE HURRIES DEATH.
Pioneeer of Monrovia Dies of Apoplexy.
Monrovia, March 8. – James R. Rogers, for thirty-eight years a resident of Duarte, died suddenly this morning from apoplexy. The excitement of breaking in a young mule to harness proved too much for him.
In the best of health apparently, he left his wife and went out to the stable yard, and a few minutes later was found dead on the ground. Naturally his wife concluded that he had been injured by the mule, but the physician discovered no wound, but found every symptom of death by apoplexy present.
How much annoyance Mr. Rogers suffered from the resistance of the animal no one could tell, but he had evidently started to bridle it. All his life in Duarte he has been accustomed to handling teams, as he has been a contracting teamster and road builder. In recent years he had grown fleshy, but had not suffered from ill health.
The death of Mr. Rogers caused a shock to a large family and family connections in this region. He has a number of brothers and sisters who are scattered from Duarte to Savannah, El Monte and neighboring towns, as he was the son of Mrs. John Guess by her first marriage. Mrs. John Tungate and Mrs. Will Reison of Monrovia are his daughters, and he leaves four sons, John, Louis, James and Grover, all of whom are grown and living with their families in Monrovia and Duarte. He was nearly 60 years of age. The funeral will be held in Monrovia Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Baptist Church. [the above bio and obit provided by Heather, Originally Created by: Heather, Record added: Jul 16, 2011]
Harriet Holyfield Guess (1824 - 1897)
Mary McCrary Rogers (1851 - 1917)
Jane Beardsley Rogers (1851 - 1873)*
John Calhoun Rogers (1869 - 1953)*
Alice Rogers Neff (1873 - 1953)*
William H. Rogers (1877 - 1911)*
Louis Charles Rogers (1881 - 1935)*
M A Rogers (____ - 1853)*
James M. Rogers (1846 - 1906)
Henry Guess (1853 - 1938)*
Louis Guess (1855 - 1860)*
Alice Guess (1861 - 1862)*
Fannie Guess (1863 - 1878)*
Richard C. Guess (1865 - 1930)*
Harriet J Guess Steele (1870 - 1931)*
John Guess (1891 - 1918)*
Live Oak Memorial Park
Los Angeles County
Plot: Block A, Lot 173, Space 1
Maintained by: Pamela Trew Boyle
Originally Created by: Heather
Record added: Jul 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73452800
Added: May. 10, 2014