"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Rogers, Charles A. who was one of the pioneer merchants of Rhinelander and is now living practically retired at that place, was born at Friendship, Fond du Lac County, Wis., May 22, 1853, son of Edward and Caroline (DEWEY) ROGERS. The fathers was born in Ireland and reared at Toronto, Canada, and the mother was a native of New York State; after their marriage the parents came west in the late 40's and settled in Fond du Lac County, Wis.; they later removed to Waupaca County, where the father purchased a farm which he subsequently operated for some time, and after selling this property he went to Manawa, Wis.; where he spent the remainder of his life. Charles A. ROGERS was educated in the district schools of Waupaca County and subsequently followed various occupations in that vicinity; he went to Minnesota in the summer of 1876, but returned to Wisconsin after a short stay and worked in the lumber woods here for many years. His career in the commercial world of Rhinelander began in 1892, when he came here and erected a store building at the cormer of Wabash and Prospect, which he equipped and stocked as a general store; he continued at this location until 1901, active operation of the property being carried on chiefly by his wife, and in the latter year he sold the store. In 1914 he established the Rogers Variety Store on Brown Street, and this Mrs. ROGERS conducted until January, of 1923, Mr. ROGERS having retired from active life about five years ago. In his long career here he built up a fine place for himself in the esteem of the community; he is well known for his strict integrity, and has a host of friends in this locality. He and his family affiliate with the Congregational Church. Mr. ROGERS was married at Amherst, Wis., Sept. 13, 1877, to Pheobe SUSTINS, daughter of William and Sarah (LOVELL) SUSTINS. Mrs. ROGERS' parents were both born in Europe; they came to America and settled in Waupaca County, Wis., in 1871, spending the remainder of their lives there. Two children, Iva and Oliver, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. ROGERS. Iva is now Mrs. C. B. CARMAN of Minocqua, and Oliver is living at Rhinelander, where he is employed as a traveling salesman for the Bartlett-Frazier Co. of Minneapolis.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 338, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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