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Obits > W. R. Rogers

Submitted by Les Niemi

May 10, 1907


W.R. ROGERS, postmaster of Yorktown and for nearly a half century a resident of that place died at his home there last week Thursday evening at 7:00 o'clock. His death followed a sickness of two years of heart disease and dropsy. The funeral services were held Saturday morning at the late residence, Rev. J.G. ARMSTRONG officiating. Internment was in the Sheffield cemetery beside his wife who died about two weeks previous.

William Riley ROGERS was born in Cattaragus county, N.Y., October 26, 1839 and died at his home in Yorktown, the evening of May 2nd, 1907. In his early boyhood he moved to the west with his parents and settled in Ogle county, Illinois, where he was married to Miss Margaret BLAKE, July 3, 1863, to which union two children were born. Mr. ROGERS was a continuous resident of Bureau county for the last thiry years, he and his wife removing from Ogle county there and twenty years ago coming to Yorktown. He enlisted and went from Annawan in Company I, 27th Illinois Volunteers, at the beginning of hostilities, being twenty-two months in active service. A severe gunshot wound in the left arm at the battle of Murphysborn seriously crippled him. Mr. ROGERS served accetpability and with great credit as postmaster at Yorktown for nineteen years, voluntarily resigning in October of the last year on account of his increasing ill health.

He leaves to mourn his loss, his two sons, Charles of Thomas, Illinois, and Arthur of Yorktown, also an adopted daughter, Miss Myrtle E. ROGERS of Yorktown, with his two brothers, Byron of Walker, Iowa, who was present at the funeral, and Samuel of Victor, Iowa also one sister, Mrs. Sarah WILLIS of Kingston, Illinois.

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