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Guy Fred Rogers

Birth: He was born in 1888 at Norton, Kansas.  

Family Information: Husband of Nell (Foster) Rogers. They were married in 1914 at Washington County, Arkansas, while both were living in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Father of Lynn, Volney and Rene Rogers -- Rene was probably born while the family was living in the colony.  

Description: In 1917 when he registered for WWI he was of medium height and build with blue eyes and light brown hair.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1900 he was living in Cimarron, Oklahoma with his parents and siblings where he worked as a laborer on a farm.

In 1917 he was married with one child and worked as a driller for an ore mining company near Miami, Oklahoma.

In 1920 he was living in Tennessee with his wife and eldest daughter, Lynn, while he worked as an efficiency man at a boiler house.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony:

In January 1928 Dixon took up a side line job at the print shop. He was helping Comrade Rogers to handle the detail work that usually kept Guy tied up for several hours a day and off the regular printing job. Although Dixon was a great help in the shop, Guy still needed more skilled workers.


Clipping from the Vernon Parish Democrat dated February 7, 1929.

Other Info: In May 1928 two visiting musicians -- W.L. Ferris and O.L. Owens of Leesville -- collaborated with the colony orchestra which consisted of: Robert Snyder, leader; George T. Pickett, Roedemeister, Ben Roe, Raymond Faussel, Joseph Gaddis, Louise Gaddis, Billy DeBoer, C.C. Mickey, Peter Borg, Max Beavers, Warren Fread, Guy Rogers, Florence Roe and Anna Besse, pianiste.

In August 1928 his brother, Arthur "Bill" Rogers of Kansas arrived with O.E. Enfield of Oklahoma (an old friend of Guy's) to look over the colony. (The Enfield family did move into the colony in November 1928.)

In 1928 he was one of the founding members of the local Conscientious Objectors Union; Theodore Atworth served as the first Secretary-Treasurer with O.E. Enfield serving as the President. The organization was planned to be international, composed of people who refused to go to war as a matter of conscience. Charter members included: Theodore Atworth, Mary H. Atworth, Emily H. Dougherty, I.A. Dougherty, Carl H. Gleeser, S. Weislander, Charlie C. Black, John Hight, Lowell H. Coate, W.A. Shutt, F.O. Jernberg, Reka Jernberg, Anna Tabb, Peter Kemp, F. Rosenburg, B. Wade Hewitt, Hamilton H. McClurg, W.J. Hoag, Theodore F. Landrum, C.N. Butts, Mary Snyder, George Snyder, Anna Garrett, Emma Shutt, M.A. Brattland, Richard P. Condon, Jr., Emily Swenson, W.J. Newman, George T. Pickett, Raymond DeFausell, S.E. Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Molenar, Earl L. Bosch, Guy F. Rogers, Ora E. Newman, James J. Miller, Bert Busick, Mabel D. Busick, Ole Synoground, C.C. Mickey, Fred A. Jensen, Katie Mickey, F. Rahn and Isaac H. Keyes.

In February 1929 the colony orchestra consisted of Violins: Guy Rogers, William Bingham, Albert Wichmann, Warren Fread, Joseph Silberman, Rhea Baldwin; Flute: Clyde Mickey; Clarinets: Frank Rahn, William DeBoer, William Newman; Saxophones: Raymond DeFausell, Florence Roe, Arthur Goble; Trumpets: Louis Reodemeister, Benjamin Roe; Horn: Benjamin Couchman; Trombone: George Pickett; Tuba: Fred Hamel; Pianist: Mary Erma Wilson.  

Post-Colony History: In 1930 and 1940 he was living in Florida with his wife and three children; in 1930 he was working as a printer for a journal and in 1940 he was working as a carpenter doing building construction.  

Death: He died in 1952 at Alachua, Florida.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1920, 1930, 1940; Arkansas County Marriages Index; US Draft Registration: WWI; "Llano Colonist": May 19, 1928, October 20, 1928, November 10, 1928, December 22, 1928, February 16, 1929; Florida Death Index  

 

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