|Birth: ||Nov., 1879|
|Death: ||Feb., 1952|
St. Lawrence County
New York, USA
Lou Rogers was a cartoonist, artist, writer, storyteller, public speaker, radio host, and political activist.
She was born in a small lumbering town in what was then the frontier of Maine, the fourth of seven children born to Col. Luther Bailey "L.B." Rogers and Mary Elizabeth Barker Rogers. She grew up on a farm, with summers at the family's isolated camp at nearby Shin Pond. As a child she loved to draw, producing sketches and caricatures, including ones of her teachers.
Annie taught for a year at the Patten Academy before leaving to pursue a career in art at the Massachusetts Normal Art School. She studied for one year and, following a brief interlude, moved to New York City, hoping to become a cartoonist. Discovering barriers to being a woman cartoonist, she began submitting her work as "Lou Rogers." By 1908 her cartoons were published in Judge magazine.
Moving to Greenwich Village, she joined the woman suffrage movement and was soon promoting it through her cartoons. Her work began appearing in the New York Call, Judge, and the Woman's Journal, a propaganda newspaper for the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Rogers entertained street crowds in Times Square and city locations dressed in her artist's smock, drawing oversized cartoons in the tradition of chalk talks as she spoke about suffrage. She was featured in 1913 in Cartoons Magazine in an article titled "A Woman Destined."
In the 1920s Lou Rogers produced a series of children's stories in rhyme about imaginary little people called "Gimmicks" for the Ladies Home Journal. Lou then wrote and illustrated two children's books, The Rise of the Red Alders in 1928, and Ska-Denge (Beaver for Revenge) in 1929. In the early 1930s she offered a radio show over NBC, "Animal News Club."
By 1935 Lou Rogers had married artist Howard Smith, and together they purchased an old farm outside Brookfield, CT. It provided a quiet getaway, studio space and an opportunity for renovation. For many years Lou's nieces and nephews recalled their delightful visits there, enjoying time with their fun-loving aunt.
In the early 1950s, Lou was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and she died at the age of 72 at the home of a sister.
Luther Bailey Rogers (1840 - 1927)
Mary Elizabeth Barker Rogers (1853 - 1942)
Howard Smith (1877 - 1954)*
Matilda Hersey Rogers (1866 - 1903)**
Edwin S Rogers (1872 - 1957)*
Lore Alford Rogers (1875 - 1975)*
Mary Helen Rogers Elliott (1877 - 1945)*
Annie Lucasta Rogers Smith (1879 - 1952)
David Nathan Rogers (1882 - 1970)*
Ruth Rogers MacLean (1894 - 1980)*
Created by: Sheppard2
Record added: Apr 27, 2012
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