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branch offices in Colorado and California. He has lived in Nebraska forty years and has always been prominent in its civic and cultural growth.

A Presbyterian, he is affiliated with the Waterloo Community Church. He is a member of the Happy Hollow Club, the University Club, and the Athletic Club, all of Omaha. Mr Robinson is a member of the Nebraskana Society, and is a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Shrine. Residence: Waterloo.

Paul Ray Robinson

Paul Ray Robinson, cashier of the North Loup State Bank, was born at Scotia, Nebraska, September 5, 1893, son of Joshua Martin and Gertrude Beatrice (Sturgeon) Robinson.

Joshua Robinson was born in Springfield, Illinois, October 17, 1871, son of E. G. Robinson, who served in the United States Navy under Farragut in the Civil War, and who later brought cattle from Texas to Nebraska. Joshua Robinson is a manufacturer of poultry and livestock feeders.

His wife, Gertrude, was born in Indiana, October 26, 1873, of Pennsylvania Dutch descent, and in her youth was a school teacher.

Paul Ray Robinson attended Arcadia High School two years, was graduated from Doane Academy in 1909, and attended Doane College two years. He is a member of Alpha Omega. He taught school two years in rural Valley County, and served four years as deputy county treasurer at Ord.

Thereafter he engaged in banking four years at Crete, and for the past eleven years has held his present position as cashier of the North Loup State Bank. He is a Republican, has held minor offices including a term on the town board and two terms as mayor.

Hs (sic) marriage to Inez Annette Tully was solemnized at Grand Island on October 30, 1917. Mrs. Robinson was born at Grand Island, November 11, 1891, of Irish, English and Scotch extraction. Her mother is of the Brown family, descended from John Brown of the Civil War.

Mr. Robinson paid his way through two years of school as a band leader, and has continued to direct the Ord, Grand Island, Dorchester and North Loup bands. He is a member of the Congregational Church, Ashlar Lodge of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Chapter and Knights Templar. For the past five years he has been treasurer of the Valley County Red Cross. His favorite sports are golf and baseball, while his hobbies are reading, bridge and music. Residence; North Loup.

Russell Alexander Robinson

Russell A. Robinson, one of the leading lawyers of Dodge County, Nebraska, was born at Saratoga, Wyoming, January 23, 1896, the son of Alexander and Isabel Sutherland Robinson. His father was a clergyman in the Presbyterian Church and was an energetic home missionary in the early days of Wyoming, where his territory was large and activities difficult. He was born at Pictou, Nova Scotia, 1858, and died at Boulder, Colorado, 1904. His father came from Scotland, and the family name of Robertson was changed at that time.

His mother was born at Westville, Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada, July, 1858. She has always been a devout church worker and has been especially interested in the work of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Her ancestors were Scotch, of the Sutherland family of Highland blood.

Mr. Robinson attended the public schools of Colorado, and was graduated from high school at North Bend, Nebraska, 1915. He was a student at Hastings College, 1915-17; was awarded the LL. B. degree at the University of Nebraska, 1921; received a certificate of study from Faculte Des Lettres, at the University of Toulouse, Toulouse, France, June 30, 1919; and received a law certificate at the latter institution. He was a member of the Hastings College debating team, 1915-16, and received his college letter; was a member of the University of Nebraska sophomore class debating team, 1917; and was secretary of the law class at the University of Nebraska, 1921.

Mr. Robinson was admitted to the bar, June 19, 1921, and immediately began the practice of law at Maybell, Colorado. A little later in the year he moved to North Bend, and in 1923, entered into a partnership with Vance A. Doty, continuing until 1926. He served as city attorney of North Bend, from 1922-31. A Republican he has consistently refused to enter the political field and has devoted his entire time to the practice of law.

He was married to Mary Estella Baker at Carleton, Nebraska, September 19, 1920. Mrs. Robinson was born of Irish parentage at Carleton, October 26, 1899. Two children were born to them: Clark A., born February 18, 1923; and Gorden Kent, born February 22, 1926, who died June 26, 1930.

Mr. Robinson entered the United States Army service April 26, 1918, and was sent to Camp Funston, in charge of that quota; was a private in the headquarters platoon, Company 355th Infantry, 89th Division; and saw service in the Toul Sector, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne. He is town committeeman of the C. M. T. C., and a member of the Committee of Defense, of the American Legion. He is a charter member and organizer of the local American Legion Post.

He has served his community as a member of the Red Cross; the North Bend Community Club; Volunteer Firemen; Boy Scouts of America; and the Young Men's Christian Association. He is city committeeman, and holds membership in the Dodge County Bar Association, and the Nebraska State Bar Association. He is a Mason, and is affiliated with the United Presbyterian Church of North Bend. His sports include: hunting; fishing; hiking; baseball; and volley ball. His hobby is philosophy. He likes duck hunting. Residence: North Bend.

Lesle Ivan Roblyer

Born at Almeria, Nebraska, September 29, 1891, Lesle Ivan Roblyer is the son of Jacob Henry and Marian Mayfield (Copp) Roblyer. His father, who was a farmer, was born at Elmyria, Pennsylvania, January 19, 1854, and died at Taylor, April 12, 1914; he served in Company F, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry for three years during the Civil War; his ancestry was Pennsylvania Dutch and French. His mother, whose English ancestors came to this country with Cornwallis, was born at Mansfield, October 18, 1853, and is living at Taylor at the present time.

Mr. Roblyer was graduated from the Taylor High School in 1910 and later was graduated from Kearney State Normal School. He was a teacher for nine years after the completion of his education and for the past seven years has been manager of the Farmers Union Association at Taylor. He served as a member of the school board from 1927 to 1930, and in 1928 was unsuccessful candidate for county treasurer.

He was married to Fanny Lucinda Moon at Taylor, July 1, 1914. Mrs. Roblyer, whose ancestry is Pennsylvania Dutch, was born at Minco, Oklahoma, October 18, 1893. To them the following children were born: Harry, February 6, 1919; Margaret, June 17, 1921; Jean, October 2, 1922; and Curtis, March 25, 1925.

Mr. Roblyer is a Democrat, and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. His hobby is mechanics. Residence: Taylor.

Palmer Oliver Robson

A resident of Nebraska since birth, Palmer Oliver Robson was born near Thayer, in York County, September 4, 1900. He is the son of Horace and Alice Annette (Paden) Robson, the former a native of England. Hor-

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ace Robson was born in London, August 14, 1865, and died at York, November 13, 1928. His wife, born in Ottowa, Illinois, May 15, 1864, and died at Thayer, May 25, 1907.

Upon his graduation from Benedict High School, Mr. Robson attended Lincoln High School. On May 23, 1925, he was united in marriage to Pauline Lucille Lytle, at York. Mrs. Robson was born at York, July 2, 1905, and is a teacher. There are two sons, Howard, born April 26, 1926; and Donald, born July 21, 1927.

Mr. Robson is a member of the First Presbyterian Church at Thayer, and of the Masons and the Nebraskana Society. Residence: Thayer.

Carl Henry Rockey

Carl Henry Rockey, electrical engineer, and superintendent of municipal utilities of the city of Alliance, was born at Edgemont, South Dakota, January 30, 1894, son of Chris Henry and Lulu Anna (Hagerman) Rockey. His father was born in Des Moines, Iowa, March 5, 1861, and is a locomotive engineer. His mother was born in Mercer, Ohio, February 1, 1870.

Mr. Rockey is married to Mabel Virginia Grassman, who was born at Plattsmouth, Nebraska, January 13, 1900. They have one daughter, Susan, born August 29, 1924.

During the late war Mr. Rockey served with the 127th Heavy Field Artillery with the rank of Sergeant, from April 6, 1917, until January 24, 1919. He is a member of the American Legion, a member and commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the Society of Military Engineers, and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. He is a Methodist, a Rotarian, a Mason, and an Elk. His club is the Alliance Country Club. His favorite sports are golf, baseball, and football, while his hobby is reading. Residence: Alliance.

Thomas Harry Rockwell

Thomas H. Rockwell, county treasurer of Dakota County for the past five years, has lived in Nebraska all his life. He was born at Hubbard, Nebraska, October 19, 1888, the son of Susan (Myers) and Richard Douglas Rockwell. His father, who was born at Hudson, Indiana, January 13, 1851, and died at Hubbard, Nebraska, December 24, 1914, was a carpenter and farmer; his ancestry was Dutch, English, and Welsh. His mother was born at Hudson, October 20, 1856, and died at South Sioux City, Nebraska, July 1, 1930.

Mr. Rockwell attended the public schools and high school at Hubbard, Nebraska. A Republican, he has served as county treasurer for the past five years.

On March 24, 1920, he was united in marriage with Dorothea Esther Teager at South Sioux City. Mrs. Rockwell was born at LeMars, Iowa, July 8, 1896. She was a teacher before her marriage. Two children were born to this marriage: Richard, born September 26, 1922; and Donald, born August 6, 1925. Residence: South Sioux City.

Patrick Roddy

Patrick Roddy, pioneer farmer, riverman and legislator, was born at Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland, July 12, 1842. He is the son of Michael and Annie (Cormack) Roddy. Michael Roddy who was born at Mullingar, in 1800, came to America in 1864, and settled in Otoe County, where he engaged in farming and stock raising until his death at Nebraska City in April, 1878. Annie Cormack Roddy was born in Ireland, in 1812, and died there in 1853. Patrick Roddy received his education in the public schools of Ireland. He married Mary Elizabeth Henzie at Omaha, on January 9, 1870.

Mrs. Roddy was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, March 17, 1844. There were six children born to their marriage, four of whom are living. They are: Margaret, born October 23, 1870; John H., born February 1, 1872, who died March 16, 1912; Thomas F., born December 5, 1874, who married Mary E. Leggett, and who was graduated from the University of Nebraska, who received his B. A. in 1898, and his LL. B., in 1900; Bary E., born August 21, 1881, who was graduated from the University of Nebraska, 1904; Katherine A., born September 26, 1883, who was a graduate of the Peru State Normal School; and James P., born November 15, 1885, who died March 4, 1890, was a Spanish-American War veteran; John H., who died in 1912, was also a Spanish-American War veteran.

In 1872, Patrick Roddy was captain of the Kate C. Nutt, transfer between Omaha and Council Bluffs, and holds a pilot's license for the Mississippi River and its tributaries. He was formerly a member of the Missouri River Transfer Company and the Hannibal and St. Joseph Packett Company. He was a Republican and served as a member of the Nebraska State legislature the sessions of 1895 and 1897.

He lived in Otoe County for sixty-eight years, and was closely identified with every worthy movement in the community, and state. He celebrated his 88th birthday on July 12, 1930. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, and the Nebraska Territorial Pioneer's Association. For more than 20 years he served as a member of the Walnut Creek School Board.

Patrick Roddy was a man extremely active in his state and community. He took pride in the possession of his neighbors and beautifying and improving his state. His death on February 17, 1931, was a distinct loss to his community and many friends. He came to Nebraska, on March 7, 1863, walking from Sidney, Iowa, to Nebraska City, as there were no railroads at that time.

James A. Rodman

James A. Rodman, lawyer and executive, was born at Salem, Indiana, May 6, 1887, son of Walter Benton and America (Robinson) Rodman.

He received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nebraska, and from 1913 until 1921, practiced law in Kimball County. He was county attorney of Kimball County from 1915 until 1919, and a member of the house of representatives, 1919-21-25-27, floor leader, 1925, and speaker of the house, 1927. In 1920 he was a member of the Nebraska Constitutional Convention.

His marriage to Helen Irene Lawrence was solemnized at Fremont, Nebraska, on August 15, 1914. Residence: Omaha.

Samuel Wesley Roe

Samuel Wesley Roe was born in Huron County, Canada, December 26, 1871, the son of Henry and Mary Ann McCracken Roe. His father, who was a farmer, was born in County Kilkarney, Ireland, June 28, 1834, and died at St. Paul, Nebraska, February 11, 1908. His mother was born at Peterborough, Canada, March 21, 1844, and is still living.

Mr. Roe attended rural school and later studied at the Central City College. He has been a member of the Ord School Board for the past 25 years, is president of the Farmers Grain and Supply Company of Ord, is vice president of the Valley County Fair Association, and is treasurer of the Enterprise Telephone Company.

He holds membership in the Ancient Order of United Workmen, is a Mason, and is affiliated with the First Methodist Church of Ord. His hobbies are reading and history. During the World War Mr. Roe was registrar and served in loan drives in Valley County.

His marriage to Jessie M. Ward occurred in Valley County, September 17, 1902; she was born in Valley County, August 29, 1880. They have the following children: Edgar Ward, born July 24, 1903, who married Edna Kill; Claude, born December 1, 1907; Howard, born June 9,

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1909; Irma M., born November 1, 1913, who died November 9, 1916; and Dwight Harris, born January, 26, 1924, who died April 3, 1924. Residence: Ord.

Clyde Augustus Roeder

Dr. Clyde A. Roeder, born at Omaha, October 15, 1884, has won distinction in his profession both within and without the state. He is the son of George and Florence (Hurle) Roeder, the former a physician and surgeon of early American ancestry. Florence Hurle Roeder died at Grand Island, Nebraska, in November, 1903. She was of English descent.

Dr. Roeder received his elementary education in the public schools of Nebraska, and was awarded his M. D. from Yale University in 1908. He entered upon the practice of medicine, 1910, and was an associate surgical assistant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, 1914, 1915, and 1916, specializing in surgery in 1916, and for the past twenty years has been engaged in private practice. He is the author of more than thirty-eight articles on surgical subjects, and is associate professor of surgery at the University of Nebraska, and attending surgeon to University Hospital, Immanuel and Covenant Hospitals and the Clarkson Memorial Hospital.

An Episcopalian, Dr. Roeder is a member of Trinity Cathedral, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and of the Nebraskana Society and the State Historical Society. His professional associations include the Western Surgical Association, the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Nebraska State Medical Association, and the Alumni Association of the Mayo Clinic. He is also a member of the Douglas County Medical Society.

He was married to Theresa Heinsimer, at Glenwood, Iowa, June 25, 1912. Mrs; Roeder was born at Glenwood, in 1894, and is of English and German descent. They have one daughter, Suzanne, born November 10, 1918. Residence: Omaha.

Elmer Frederick Roeder

A resident of Nebraska since 1892, Elmer Frederick Roeder was born at Schapville, Jo Daviess County, illinoise (sic), November 29, 1881. His father, Fred Roeder, born at Schapville, March 27, 1858 is a farmer whose parents came to America from Germany in 1852. His mother, Elizabeth Stiefel, was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1859, and died at Hickman, Nebraska, January 4, 1898.

Educated in the rural schools of Lancaster County until he reached the age of sixteen, Mr. Roeder has since engaged extensively in farming and for a number of years has been much interested in 4-H Club work. He is at the present time leader in that organization, is a member of the Bennet Parent Teachers Association, and for six years has served as a member of the local school board.

On October 2, 1912, he was united in marriage to Emma L. Baade at Bennett. Mrs. Rodcr (sic), born at Bennet, March 5, 1893, is the daughter of German farmers in Lancaster County. There are four children, Lois, born August 3, 1913; Lewellyn, born May 29, 1917; Norma, born July 9, 1924; and Eldon, born August 8, 1926.

An independent politically, Mr. Roeder takes an interest in all public issues. He is a member of the Hickman Presbyterian Church, and was recently made a life member of the Nebraskana Society. Residence: Bennet.

Theresa Roeder

Theresa Roeder, a leader in Omaha social and civic circles, was born in Iowa, and for a number of years has lived at Omaha. She attended Lasell Seminary at Auburn Dale, Massachusetts, and later studied at the University of Iowa, where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority.

Mrs. Roeder is a member of the Omaha Junior League. She served as secretary of the Tuesday Musical Club at Omaha, 1928-29-30, was past president of the Woman's Faculty Club at the University of Nebraska in the department of medicine, 1929-30, is vice president of the Woman's Auxiliary to the Nebraska State Medical Association, and is a member of the board of the Omaha Art Institute.

She is married to Clyde Augustus Roeder, who is a prominent physician and surgeon in Omaha. They have one daughter, Suzanne. Residence: Omaha.

Erwin H. Roepe

Born at Corder, Lafayette County, Missouri, July 4, 1890, Erwin H. Roepe is the son of Louis and Mathilda Sophia (Lohoefener) Roepe. His father was born at Concordia, Missouri, February 4, 1873, and was a successful merchant in Beemer, and in Missouri, for many years. He is now retired and resides at Kansas City, Missouri. His wife, Mathilda, was born at St. Louis, Missouri, October 16, 1878, and is active in club and church work. Both are of German descent, for several generations in America.

Erwin H. Roepe attended St. John College at Winfield, Kansas, graduating in 1909, he attended Beemer High School, and also took a business course. In college he was especially active in dramatics and was a member of the basketball team.

On June 2, 1914, he was united in marriage to Margaret Anna Breetzke, at Beemer. Mrs. Roepe was born at Beemer October 16, 1889, of German parentage. They have one son, Robert, born March 9, 1916, who has studied piano especially, and plays many musical instruments. He intends to be a salesman.

For twenty-six years Mr. Roepe has engaged in general store work, and just recently has engaged in selling flour and feeds for the Norfolk Cereal and Flour Mills, still retaining his mercantile connection as junior member of the firm of L. Roepe and Son. He is a Democrat, and for seven years has been a member of the village council.

Mr. Roepe is a member of the Community Club, and is secretary and treasurer of the Cuming County Civic Club. He is president of the local Lions Club and a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. He likes golf, and is a member of the Country Club, and is fond of reading, and music. Residence: Beemer.

William Henry Roether

William Henry Roether, county judge, was born in Clarkson, Nebraska, March 20, 1888, son of John and Christina Mary (Becker) Roether. John Roether was born at Mineral Point, Wisconsin, April 13, 1850. He was a farmer and business man and a Jeffersonian Democrat whose parents came from Germany. He died at Clarkson, on May 23, 1907. His wife, Christina, was born near Coblenz, Germany, April 15, 1849, and came with her parents to America. They died shortly thereafter. She was a real mother, who reared eleven children, and who devoted her entire time to their interests. Her death occurred at Clarkson, November 1, 1930.

Upon his graduation from Clarkson High School in June, 1904, William Henry Roether attended Fremont Normal School, and later taught three years in the rural districts. Thereafter he was an office man in a garage, wrote insurance and farmed. In 1916, he was elected Clerk of the District Court, serving until 1920; and served as deputy county treasurer, 1923-25. He was elected county judge of Colfax County in 1925, and is still serving. An independent in politics, he tends toward being a Jeffersonian Democrat.

Judge Roether was married to Emily Zelenda at Fre-

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mont, Nebraska, January 12, 1910. Mrs. Roether was born at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, August 27, 1887. Her parents came from Bohemia, and left her an orphan at the age of 12. There are two children, Geneva E., born October 30, 1910, who is a graduate of Schuyler High School as an honor student in the class of 1928, which numbered sixty-seven. She attended the American Business College at Omaha,. and was graduated in 1930, and is now clerk of the Colfax County Court. The second child is Willette Elaine, born December 3, 1925.

Judge Roether was crippled at the age of four by having a heel crushed in a turntable, and as a boy worked with his parents, brothers and sisters in sugar beet fields of their own. Later as the children grew up they went into general farming.

At the present time Judge Roether is a member of the school board, and the First Presbyterian Church of Schuyler. During the World War he was chief clerk and secretary of the Colfax County Local Draft Board, and assisted in Red Cross, Y. M. C. A. and other drives. Aside from his profession his chief interest is farming and caring for stock, and at the present time he has several cows. Residence: Schuyler.

Elmer R. Rogers

Elmer R. Rogers, superintendent of schools at Bridgeport, was born at Jennings, Kansas, September 15, 1887, son of Isaac and Jennie Ellen (Goldsbury) Rogers. His father was born in Lawson, Missouri, and farmed there until his death. He was of Scotch-Irish ancestry. His wife, Jennie, was born in Lawson, Missouri, July 17, 1869.

Mr. Rogers attended the public and high schools at Inman, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the State Teachers' College at Wayne. He was later a student at the University of Iowa, and the University of Nebraska, and has completed his work on his thesis for his Masters degree. From 1912 until 1915, he was the only student member of the State Normal quartette, and during 1915 was guard on the football team.

From 1918 until 1920, Mr. Rogers was a salesman for the Standard Oil Company and the following two years was engaged in the insurance business. From 1908 until 1911, he taught in rural schools, and from 1915 until 1919 was superintendent of schools at Pilger. He also held this position from 1922 until 1924, and from 1925 until 1931, was superintendent at Madison.

On August 4, 1915, he was married to Ina Frances Clark at Winona, Minnesota. Mrs. Rogers was born at Inman, Nebraska, April 25, 1891. She is a graduate of Inman High School and attended Winona State Teachers College. She is the daughter of Edward A. and Anna M. (Green) Clark. Her mother is a resident of Inman, Nebraska. To them were born five children, four of whom are living, Helen, born May 28, 1916, died August 28, 1921; Maxine, July 25, 1919; Jeanette, July 17, 1922; Kenneth, April 8, 1925; and Shirley, July 3, 1928.

Mr. Rogers is affiliated with the First Baptist Church of Chambers. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and was secretary at Madison, 1925-1926. He is a member of the Lions Club, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Odd Fellows, the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and was president of the third educational district of Nebraska of the Nebraska State Teachers Association. He is director of the male quartette of the Lions Club, and is much interested in music. His favorite sport is golf. Residence: Bridgeport.

Richard Huntington Rogers

Richard H. Rogers, owner of the Rogers Motor Company, was born at Minden, Nebraska, November 18, 1896. He is the son of Noyes C. and Harriet C. (Sprague) Rogers, the former of whom, a banker and lumberman, was born at Walden, Vermont, in January, 1843, and died at Lincoln, in April, 1929. He was of English ancestry. Harriet Sprague Rogers was a native of Montpelier, Vermont, who was born June 23, 1854, and died at Lincoln, in October, 1928.

Mr. Rogers was graduated from the Minden public and high schools and attended the University of Nebraska 3 years. At the university he was a letterman in baseball and a member of Sigma Chi. On August 9, 1917, he was married to Marie Meeker at Lincoln. Mrs. Rogers was born at Garland, January 16, 1898. They have two children, Richard H., born June 28, 1919, and Eloise, born December 16, 1924.

During 1920, Mr. Rogers was engaged as a banker at Puenta, California, and during 1919, was so engaged at Minden. Since 1921, he has been in the automobile business as owner of the Rogers Motor Company, Ford dealers. He is also a director of the Cornbelt Life Insurance Company. He is a Republican, a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Young Men's Christian Association. He enjoys golf, and his hobby is horses. His clubs are the University and the Country Clubs. Residence: Lincoln.

Wallace Hector Rogers

Wallace Hector Rogers, past vice-president of the Rogers Lumber and Coal Company of Bayard, was born at Waco, Nebraska, January 29, 1882, son of Hector John and Agnes (Stevenson) Rogers. The father, born in Belfast, Ireland, January 1, 1844, came to America about 1869. He was a farmer and carpenter, whose death occurred at York, Nebraska, March 6, 1928. His wife, Agnes, was born at Mulinary, Ireland, December 25, 1854, and died at York, March 5, 1925.

Upon the completion of his public school education, Mr. Rogers attended the York Business College. He has been in the lumber business for the past 28 years, 16 years as yard manager, seven years as district manager for the Antrim Lumber Company of St. Louis, having supervision of 15 yards in Oklahoma. The balance of the time, he has been the owner of a lumber yard. He is a Republican.

His marriage to Rosa Jane Jones occurred at Shelby, Nebraska, October 4, 1905. Mrs. Rogers, who was a school teacher before marriage, was born at Rising City, Nebraska, February 29, 1884. To them were born four children, Elsie, born January 28, 1907, who is a registered nurse; Maurice, born May 8, 1909, who is married to Evelyne Reynolds and who is in the lumber business; LaVerne, born May 14, 1914, who is in school; and Wallace, born December 28, 1920, who is also in school.

For a number of years, Mr. Rogers has been prominent in fraternal and civic organizations in his city. He is a member of the Red Cross, the North Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Lions Club, the Bayard school board, and the Masons (royal arch, knights templar). During the late war, Mr. Rogers passed all examinations for Young Men's Christian Association secretary, and served in that capacity. He is affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church. His favorite sports are hunting and fishng. Residence: Bayard.

Walter Scott Rogers

Walter Scott Rogers, who is a lifelong resident of this state, was born at Waco, Nebraska, March 17, 1880. His father, Hector John Rogers, who was born in County Armaugh, Ireland, January 1, 1843, and died at York, Nebraska March 6, 1928, was a pioneer farmer, carpenter and cabinet maker, who came to this country in 1869; he built the first store in Waco and Utica, and supervised the building of many stations for the Burlington Railroad. Agnes (Stevenson) Rogers, his mother, was born of Scotch parentage in County Armaugh, December 25, 1853, and died at York, March 5, 1926; she came to this country in 1871.

Mr. Rogers attended rural school in York County, was graduated from the York Academy, and studied commercial subjects at York Business College. He has been en-

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gaged in the retail lumber business for over 30 years, and has been a hardware dealer part of that time. He is now manager of the W. S. Rogers Lumber Company at Ainsworth, Nebraska, and is also a stock farmer in Brown County.

A Republican, he is serving as county committeeman of Brown County at this time. Mr. Rogers is a member of the Ainsworth Chamber of Commerce, was formerly a member of the Parent-Teachers' Association and the School Board, and has served twice as delegate to the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church where he has been a regular attendant for the past 34 years.

On September 23, 1903, he married Nellie Irene Strickler at Waco. Mrs. Rogers was born at Waco, November 23, 1882, and is descended from Swiss ancestors, on the paternal side, who came to this country in 1700; her mother was of English descent. To this marriage were born; Vesper Agnes, September 20, 1904, who was graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1928; Helen, September 10, 1906, who attended Morningside College in Iowa, and is now married to Seth R. Thompson; Willard, September 19, 1913, who is a student at Ashbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky; and Doris, March 3, 1919. Residence: Ainsworth.

Julius William Ferdinand Roggenkamp

Julius William Roggenkamp, a farmer near Upland, Nebraska, for the past 36 years, was born at Davenport, Iowa, November 9, 1871, the son of George and Amelia (Untiedt) Roggenkamp. His father, who was born at Schleigwig, on the Island of Famam, Germany, August 12, 1833, and died at Davenport, February 14, 1920, was a farmer who came to this country in June, 1842. His mother, also of German descent, was born at Davenport, July 4, 1847, and died there in November, 1917.

Mr. Roggenkamp has been a farmer and stockman all his life, and for many years has been prominent in civic affairs at Upland, Nebraska. He served as county supervisor for 12 years in Franklin County, has held membership in the local lodge of the Odd Fellows for over 30 years, and is a member of the Upland Commercial Club, and was a member of the bridge committee nine years. He is a member of the German Lutheran Church, the Nebraskana Society, and the Upland Country Club.

On February 15, 1900, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Sophia Hogeland at Upland. Mrs. Roggenkamp, whose relatives served in the Civil War, was born in Henry County, Iowa, January 19, 1880. They have six children: Blanche, born October 5, 1901, who married Sidney O. Hendricks; George, born January 19, 1903, who married Geneva Pinkham; Amy, born March 30, 1905, who married Ray L. Bunger; Estella, born September 23, 1906; Richard, born October 23, 1908; and Dorothy, born March 12, 1914. Mr. Roggenkamp's chief recreations are golf and reading. He is the owner of a golf course, located on his farm. Residence: Upland. (Photograph on Page 1025).

R. W. Rohrke

R. W. Rohrke, who is a lifelong resident of this state, was born at Norfolk, Nebraska, December 11, 1878, the son of Martin Gottlieb and Maria (Huebner) Rohrke. His father, who was born at Ixonia, Wisconsin, and died at Hadar, Nebraska, November 2, 1913, was the first blacksmith in northeastern Nebraska where he also engaged in farming; his parents were German born and settled in Wisconsin, later coming to Nebraska by covered wagon in pioneer days. His mother, who was also born at Ixonia, was a pioneer of the middlewest who knew all the hardships of those days, including the grasshopper invasion, Indians, and prairie fires common to the settlers. She worked on her parents homestead, breaking the new soil with an ox-team and crude plow. She died at Hadar, January 21, 1911, after a useful and varied life.

Mr. Rohrke attended country school under the most difficult circumstances, often walking six miles to reach the pioneer school house of his neighborhood. He has always been a farmer, although at one time he sold stallions for an importing company, in connection with his farm work. He is a stockholder in the Farmers Grain & Livestock Company of Norfolk, Nebraska, was formerly constable for six years, and acted as road supervisor at Norfolk for two years.

He served as school director for 21 years, is a director in the Grain Elevator Company at this time, and for the past nine years has been a trustee in the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Norfolk. He is a member of the Red Cross, and during the World War was prominent as a member of the Pierce Council of Defense and the Food Administration Committee. His hobby is good horses.

He married Anna Maria Kaiser, who was born at Norga, Russia, July 24, 1879, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kaiser. To them were born the following children: Wilhelm, March 15, 1898; Alma, August 24, 1899; Huber, September 27, 1911; Ewald, March 18, 1905; Fred, August 14, 1907; and Allen, January 15, 1910, who died October 10, 1911. Residence: Norfolk.

Hans Rohwer

A prominent banker at Ainsworth, Nebraska, is Hans Rohwer who was born at Jevenstedt, Germany, July 11, 1885, the son of Claus and Magdalene Maria (Kroeger) Rohwer. His father, who was a farmer, was born at Jevenstedt, January 6, 1829, and died at Gretna, Nebraska, July 6, 1911. His mother was born at Kid, Germany, December 28, 1841, and died at Gretna, March 11, 1910.

Mr. Rohwer attended Grand Island Business College, Grand Island, Nebraska, from 1906 to 1908. He served as cashier of the National Bank of Ainsworth, for several years, was manager of the American Trust Company, Newman, California, and is again cashier of the Ainsworth bank at this time. He is secretary of the Ainsworth Commercial Club, holds membership in the Ainsworth Country Club, and is affiliated with the First Congregational Church of Christ. His fraternal societies are Knights Templar and the Modern Woodmen of America, and his favorite sport is golf.

He was united in marriage with Nora M. WuIf at Ainsworth, December 14, 1911. Mrs. Rohwer, who is a seamstress, was born at Ainsworth, December 30, 1884. Two children were born to them: Lillian M., October 12, 1912; and Rollin S., June 30, 1924. Lillian is a student at the Nebraska State Teachers College at Wayne, Nebraska. Residence: Ainsworth.

Henry Rohwer

For the past 50 years Henry Rohwer has lived on the same farm in Washington County, Nebraska, and has taken part in the civic and business affairs at Fort Calhoun. He was born at Holtdorf, Germany, November 18, 1856, and has lived in Nebraska for over 62 years. His father, Claus Rohwer, was born at Brammerau, Germany, September 18, 1823, and died at Fort Calhoun, September 5, 1911. A miller and millwright, he fought as a rebel against the Danish Government, in Germany. His mother, Kathrine (Sinn) Rohwer, was born at Nortorf, Germany, and died at Fort Calhoun, October 25, 1898.

Mr. Rohwer received his education in the public schools and under private tutors. He is now president of the Fort Calhoun State Bank. A Republican, he served as a member of the Washington County Board 6 years and was a member of the Nebraska legislature for 2 years, 1901-03. He is president of the Washington County Historical Society, a member of The Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraskana Society. He was secre-

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