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 William Alma Rogers

William Alma Rogers

Birth
Plain City, Weber County, Utah, USA
Death 30 Apr 1988 (aged 89)
Fort Lyon, Bent County, Colorado, USA
Burial Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 39085025 · View Source
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William Alma Rogers was born 10 September, 1898 in Plain City, Weber County, Utah, to Alma Hernando Rogers and Mary Jane Collins.

Unlike his siblings who continued their education, Bill left home at age 12 after completing the 8th grade, as a result of significant conflicts with his father stemming from the latter's tyrannical nature. Bill Stayed away from the family for a number of years. First he went to Montana and lived with native Americans for a time, later traveling to the midwest where he worked as a farm laborer and acquired skills which served him throughout his life.

Although he never saw action, he served for a time as a private in the U.S. Army during World War I.

Bill returned to Utah during the depression. He worked on the home his mother lived in and took rooms in a boarding house in Salt Lake which was owned and run by his future mother-in-law; he married Lucille Collett on 2 July, 1932, and they had one son, Thomas Franklyn Rogers.

It was the era of the New Deal, and Bill found work at the state road shops as a mechanic, and was enlisted by his brothers-in-law to help in a campaign for Senator Elbert D. Thomas. For some reason, Bill came to believe that senator was using union dues for his campaign. He confronted the senator and embarrassed his brothers-in-law who told him to leave the state. He refused.

For reasons not entirely clear, Bill struggled all his life with emotional stability, which resulted in his commitment to the psychiatric VA hospital at Fort Lyon, CO. Defying the predictions of his own family, he was released from the hospital and found maintenance work with the Salt Lake City board of education, at which position he worked until retirement.

Bill built his own home in Bountiful, Utah, and established there the garden which was his life, his pride and his joy. He lovingly tended his orchard of almost 50 trees on a small 1/2 acre plot, and gave away his fruit and vegetables to neighbors or sold it to interested parties - at prices common 17 years earlier. He was known for being generous to a fault, and was an inveterate storyteller. He would often bake home-made dog biscuits made from chicken feed for his scruffy black dog Pody, who seemed to thrive on the odd treat. Along with chickens, he kept bees which earned their keep by pollinating his garden.

His wife Lucille preceded him in death by almost 8 years, and he lived in his home until ill health made this impractical. His last days were spent in the same facility in Fort Lyon, Colorado, where he had spent time as a younger man, and he passed away there on 30 April, 1988. He is buried in Bountiful City Cemetery, Bountiful, Utah.



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  • Created by: ccdesan
  • Added: 5 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39085025
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Alma Rogers (10 Sep 1898–30 Apr 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39085025, citing Bountiful Memorial Park, Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by ccdesan (contributor 46983244) .