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John Ruel Rogers
Birth: Feb. 27, 1918
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jun. 15, 1969
Bannock County
Idaho, USA

Son of Rural Maeser Rogers and Anna Nielson

Married Ruth Marion Nelson, 16 Apr 1948, Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho

History - John grew up in Pocatello and had a very difficult life of it there. While still a teenager he got smallpox and nearly died from that. Then, while still recovering from his illness, he got pneumonia and nearly died from that too. He went to college for two years and then dropped out to join the Marines and served in World War II. After the war he returned to Pocatello and went to work for the railroad, first as a brakeman, then a fireman, and then worked as an engineer for 28 years until he died in June 1969.

John's two main interests were fishing and writing. He wrote a number of poems ("The Surrender of Chief Joseph" being his most well known) and articles and letters. He was a good and caring father and tried hard to instill values and high ideals in his children. This was difficult because his work required him to be away from home a good part of the time. Things were also difficult because of family problems and conflicts that he seemed to get into with other people.

He was a labor organizer and served a number of terms as a state legislator. He also was a member of the local NAACP and worked in the Civil Rights Movement. He was very interested in standing up for the rights of minority people and those who were oppressed in whatever way, which, needless to say, put him at odds with a number of people.

He worked to bring about the construction of the first senior citizens housing center in Pocatello and a plaque bearing his name was installed in the lobby upon completion. He was someone who felt very deeply and had great compassion for those who had a hard time of it in life.

John chose to learn compassion from his own suffering instead of turning uncaring and bitter. He tried hard in face of overwhelming circumstances. - Marcus Rogers 
Family links: 
  Rural Maeser Rogers (1882 - 1969)
  Anna Erika Christina Nilsson Rogers (1884 - 1978)
  Ruth Marion Nelson Rogers (1922 - 2004)*
  Brian Douglas Rogers (1953 - 1969)*
  John Ruel Rogers (1918 - 1969)
  Dorothy Rogers Waters (1920 - 1984)*
  Virginia N. Rogers Moon (1922 - 1990)*
  Marjorie Rogers Stevens (1924 - 1979)*
  Elizabeth June Rogers (1928 - 1943)*
*Calculated relationship
Mountain View Cemetery
Bannock County
Idaho, USA
Plot: E 30
GPS (lat/lon): 42.85464, -112.42817
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Record added: Sep 21, 2006
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