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 John J “Jack” Rogers

John J “Jack” Rogers

Michigan, USA
Death 13 Nov 1924 (aged 68–69)
El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Burial El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Plot Section T, Lot 194, Place 1
Memorial ID 100494260 · View Source
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Year of birth may be 1857. May not have a headstone.


About Christmas time last year John J. Rodgers, ex-member of the city council and a harness maker by occupation, left Boise very suddenly. It was stated at the time that he had left the country, abandoning his family, but that was denied by his closest friends, who stoutly maintained that he hadonly gone off on a visit and that he would return shortly.

He has not yet returned and inquiry develops the statement that his departure was surrounded by circumstances that left no doubt in the minds of those familiar with the case that he intended to remain away.

The police have been trying for weeks to get some trace of him, but without success. He is not wanted for the violation of any law, the action of the authorities being merely in the interest of the family left behind.

Rodgers' action is inexplicable. He had a good position and was supposed to be getting along nicely. Without giving any one notice he let the city. It is understood he was not embarassed by any great burden of debt, although there was a mortgage on his home. He was apparently in a position to meet his obligations satisfactorily, so his financial condition was not seriously assigned as the reason for his disappearance. It is stated by some that he had been gambling not a little and dringing heavily for some time prior to his departure, but his friends say that is not the case. Rodgers had always borne a good reputation here and his disappearance greatly puzzles even those who know him best.

Idaho Daily Statesman
Boise, Idaho
1 Feb 1900
p. 4


Renewed efforts are being made to locate J. J. Rodgers, the harness maker, who left the city last Christmas under peculiar circumstances. The abandoned family is very anxious to loate him for reasons other than the natural desire to keep track of the wayward husband and father. The little home that shelters them is under a mortgage, which bears 12 per cent interest. While the mortgage cannot be lifted at once a new loan can be obtained at a much lower rate of interest; but nothing can be done without Rodgers' signature. He must be found and his written consent must be obtained in order to obtain the desired relief outside of an appeal to the courts, which, it is said, will only be taken as the last recourse. Chief of Police Francis has assured the family that he will do everything in his power to locate Rodgers, and he expects to be able to make a favorable report in a short time. Rodgers was in Pueblo a short time after he left Boise. He went from there south and is supposed to be somewhere in Texas or New Mexico.

Idaho Daily Statesman
Boise, Idaho
4 Feb 1900
p. 6

J. J. Rogers, ex-councilman and harness maker, is now in El Paso, Texas. He has sent a power of attorney back to his wife, Mrs. Alice M. Rogers, to empower her to place the family property in better shape. The instrument was filed yesterday. Rogers left the city last Christmas without letting anyone know where he was going, and it was only recently that he was located.

Idaho Daily Statesman
Boise, Idaho
2 Mar 1900
p. 6


Mrs. Alice Rogers Wants Legal Separation, Charging Desertion.

Mrs. Alice Rogers brought suit in the district court yesterday afternoon for a divorce from her husband, John J. Rogers. The couple was married in Boise on January 29, 1887, and the wife alleges that her husband deserted her on Christmas day, 1899. There are four surviving children to the marriage: Webb, aged 13; Nettie 11, Raymond 8 and George 5. Mrs. Rogers asked the court to decree her some property which she claims as personal estate and of which she has possession.

Idaho Daily Statesman
Boise, Idaho
15 Jul 1903
p. 3
Mrs. Alice Rogers was granted a divorce upon the same ground, her husband, John J. Rogers, having abandoned her.

Idaho Daily Statesman
Boise, Idaho
30 Jan 1904
p. 3
Found the obituary fn the El Paso Times November 14, 1924 edition on page 5. Apparently the newspaper misspelled his name by calling him Mr. Roberts. Here is what the obituary says:
John J. Roberts
Funeral services for John J. Roberts, 50 who died yesterday, will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Kaster and Maxon chapel with the Salvation Army in charge. Interment will be in the Evergreen cemetery.

The Family History Library database as the following:
Name: J. J. Rogers
Death Date: 13 Nov 1924
Death Place: El Paso, El Paso, Texas
Gender: Male
Race: White
Death Age: 67 years
Estimated Birth Date: 1857
Birth Date:
Birthplace: Michigan
Marital Status: Single
Spouse's Name:
Father's Name:
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace:
Occupation: Leather Worker
Place of Residence: Salvation Hotel
Cemetery: Evergreen
Burial Place:
Burial Date: 15 Nov 1924
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 2113742
Digital Film Number: 4165527
Image Number: 109
Reference Number: v X cn 35104

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  • Created by: Christie Trapp
  • Added: 10 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100494260
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John J “Jack” Rogers (1855–13 Nov 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100494260, citing Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Christie Trapp (contributor 46970309) .