John Logan Rogers

John Logan Rogers

Birth
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Death 30 Jun 1960 (aged 73)
Quenemo, Osage County, Kansas, USA
Burial Quenemo, Osage County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section: 02 Lots: B1,2
Memorial ID 8953803 · View Source
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Kansas/SGT. Co. M 137th Infantry/World War I PH
Husband of Myrtle E Rogers.

Eulogy written by John and read at his funeral July 3, 1960 by Fred Ellsworth of Lawrence, Kansas, one of John's Company M buddies:

John Logan Rogers, son of Herschel V. And Kate Logan Rogers, was born in Topeka, Kansas, January 18, 1887 on his father's 26th birthday.
He was truly a son of pioneers. His Grandfather George Logan settled near Quenemo, in 1858, and raised a family of ten children. His youngest daughter, Kate, married Herschel Rogers, who came to Quenemo in the late 1870's in a covered wagon with his widowed mother, Margaret, four sisters and a brother. Both families were from Illinois.
John spent his boyhood in Topeka, but every summer his mother, with her three boys, spent several weeks in Quenemo and they always called it their "old home town."
The great loss of his life was the passing of his mother in 1898. He inherited his musical and composing talents from her.
In 1900, his father remarried and moved to Wewoka, Oklahoma. John remained in Topeka where he worked as a bellhop and elevator operator at the old National Hotel.
He then worked for the Santa Fe until 1904 when he moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where he worked for various railroads. In 1917 he was with the Morris Packing Co., in Kansas City, Kansas; and on April 11th, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. In August, 1917, he was transferred to Company M First Kansas National Guard, at Lawrence, which joined later with Company M of the 2nd Kansas of Salina to make up Company M of the 137th Infantry, 35th Division. The 35th trained at Camp Doniphan, Oklahoma, and went to France in May, 1918. The Division saw considerable front line service in France. John was gassed and shell-shocked on September 28th in the Meuse-Argonne battle, and was hospitalized and convalescent more than a year as a result of this experience. He was awarded the Purple Heart and other citations.
Late in 1919 he went to Dallas, Texas, with his Uncle Bert Logan and engaged in the insurance business.

In May 1920 he made a visit to Kansas City, Missouri, where he married Mrs. Lela McMath, a widow he had known for several years. She had a small daughter, Virginia, nine years of age who was talented in music and dancing. She quickly learned to sing and dance to John's songs and instrumental numbers. They made many appearances on the Dallas radio and later on Fort Worth radio stations. Here in 1926, she won the City and State Charleston Contests. Her prize for winning was a two-year tour over the United States in vaudeville. This eventually caused their separation, in 1928. But the girl kept his name and became famous with the stage name of Ginger Rogers.
John again joined his Uncle Bert Logan in Topeka in the insurance business. Having occasion to go to Western Kansas, he stopped in WaKeeney to visit his Army buddies, who with him had made up a 35th Division Quartette. He often said this was the most fortunate trip he ever made, as there he met his future wife, Myrtle E. Schwanbeck. They were united in marriage November 11, 1931. This union was blessed with one son, Bruce Logan Rogers, in 1934.
From 1931 to 1935, John edited and managed the Quenemo News. He then was appointed Postmaster for Quenemo. In 1940 he was appointed Rural Letter Carrier of Route #2, and continued in this position until 1957.
Music was John's life hobby. He played the piano by ear, mostly his own compositions. Since 1954 he has spent many hours writing the book, lyrics and music for a Kansas operetta entitled "Kanorado" in which is found about 25 original musical compositions. In this work he was happy to have assistance from his son and daughter-in-law. Bruce and Veda produced this play, in part, in Winchester in 1957, where Bruce was school music supervisor. In the last eight years John has turned to more serious compositions, completing an anthem in which his son assisted, and five sacred songs.
He has been a Master Mason since 1923 and was Master of Quenemo Lodge, and its secretary for almost 10 years. He was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Past Patron of the Quenemo Chapter. He was a member of the Ottawa White Shrine of Jerusalem. He was a member of the Overbrook Post of the American Legion and the WaKeeney Post of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He joined the Third Christian Church of Topeka when he was twelve years old.
He received many citations and awards during his lifetime. One of which he was especially proud was a 20-year jeweled pin from the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. He was Polio Chairman for Osage County continuously from 1934 to 1959, when ill health caused him to resign.

In passing, he leaves his wife, Myrtle, son, Bruce and wife, Veda, and their two daughters, Kathryn and Margaret; his brothers, Fred of Dallas, Bruce of Kansas City, Missouri, George of Bolivia, and a sister, Loeybelle LeRoux of Tulsa. Also, he leaves his mother-in-law, Mrs. Schwanbeck, of WaKeeney, his aunts Maude and Minnie Logan of this City, many cousins and friends and his beloved Company M buddies.


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  • Maintained by: Veda Rogers
  • Originally Created by: Tonie
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 8953803
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Logan Rogers (18 Jan 1887–30 Jun 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8953803, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Quenemo, Osage County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Veda Rogers (contributor 47250756) .