Obit: Rogers, Margaret (1851 - 1933)

Contact: Audrey Roedel

----Sources: The Loyal Tribune 23 march 1933


Rogers, Margaret (1 APR 1851 - 18 MAR 1933)

Just as a new day was coming to us last Saturday morning, March 18, the Light of Eternal Day dawned for Mrs. James Rogers as she slipped silently away from those who watched by her bedside.

Mrs. Rogers has been in frail health for several years, but her strong constitution has carried her through several illness and has helped her endure the many sorrows that have come to the home in the last few years. Her niece, Mrs. Geo. Jarvis and family carefully watched after her until Mrs. Nicholas Breit, her adopted daughter from Milwaukee, arrived in December to care for her mother, since which time she has been almost constantly with her.

Margaret Farley was born in Mayville, Dodge County, Wisconsin, April first, 1851. She was one of eight daughters, two of whom were younger than she. She lived to learn of the death of her last sister soon after her sister, Mrs. Devlin passed away a little over a year ago.

Miss Farley was united in matrimony to James Rogers of Woodland, Wis., in 1869. They resided in Woodland until 1972. In the fall of that year they moved to Loyal and began a home on their eighty acre farm two miles west of our village. There they built their little home in the heart of the forest, and slowly enlarged the tiny clearing to include garden, pasture and fields, from which came their maintenance, into which poured the strength of their best years, and around which clustered their early hopes and their later hallowed memories.

No children came to bless their married life, but their hearts were full of parental love which bound the children of the community to them. A day at the farm with "Aunt Maggie’ and "Uncle Jimmy" was a happy day. This love for children led them later to adopt a daughter Anna, aged eight, and give to her a place in their home and their hearts.

In 1904 they sold their old home and moved into the village where Mr. Rogers died in 1911. After the marriage of their daughter, Mrs. Rogers lived with her until 1924 when she moved into the home of her sister, Mrs. James Devlin, in which home she spent her remaining days.

Mrs. Rogers was a faithful member of the St. Anthony’s Catholic church. In the days before she had a church in Loyal, she and Mr. Rogers sometimes drove to services at Black River Falls , making a three day trip. Later they attended the little church at Hein occasionally. Since the erection of the church here she attended services and worked faithfully for the church she loved.

One by one the old pioneers are leaving our midst, and we who love the memory of those days are sad to have living ties severed , especially so when those who go are endeared to us by their kindly lives among us.

Was there something in the sturdy endurance of those forest trees, something in the growth of home from the ruggedness of nature as if responded to ceaseless labor, sometimes in the faithful following at seedtime and harvest was there that in these early influence that fostered within the pioneer settlers the native industry, integrity, and righteousness that we have known in Mrs. Rogers? Truly, it is a heritage to leave to relatives, friends, and community—that memory of an uprightness of life mingled with a kind heart and a generous hospitable disposition. Such a memory all have who have known Mrs. Rogers as relative, friend, of acquaintance in her many years in our community.

The funeral services were held on Tuesday forenoon at St, Anthony’s Church, conducted by Father Aurit. Burial was made in the Catholic cemetery.



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