John A. and Gertrude Rogers

In Alix, Alberta on November 30, 2020 at 10:21 PM

John A. Rogers – by Gertrude Rogers

Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Born in Dunseith, North Dakota, 1901, he moved to Edmonton with his parents in 1906, and homesteaded at Tofield, Alberta, where he took his schooling.

After leaving school, he hired out moving around the country as those were days when both money and work were scarce.

He went East around 1933, worked the Great Lakes and acquired experience in boiler room work.  Then on to Montreal, where he helped to form the first charter given to what was known then as the Seamen’s Union and later taken over as the International.

He met and married Gertrude nee Trevor of Shrewsbury, England, in 1937, and came west to Alberta in 1945.  He farmed in the Haynes district for two years experiencing in that short time the true meaning of Western hospitality and good neighbours.

In 1948, the Rogers returned East and Mr. Rogers worked for Henry Birks Company until he retired to Vernon, B.C., as his health was failing.

He died in Vernon Mar, 22, 1971, at the age of 70 years.

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