Samuel Lorenzo Rogers

14 Nov 1890 - 2 Jan 1989

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Samuel Lorenzo Rogers

14 Nov 1890 - 2 Jan 1989
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Taken from Highlights In The Life Story Of Wilford Rogers Written by Lavieve Rogers Geiger as told by Wilford Rogers pages 1-3 November 12, I was born to Smith D. and Eliza S. Rogers in Snowflake, Arizona. Snowflake was then in Apache County and is now in Navajo County. I was the seventh of fifteen

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Samuel Lorenzo Rogers

Married: 2 Apr 1913

Provo City Cemetery

610 S State St
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States


June 6, 2011


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June 2, 2011

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Contributor: crex Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Taken from Highlights In The Life Story Of Wilford Rogers Written by Lavieve Rogers Geiger as told by Wilford Rogers pages 1-3 November 12, I was born to Smith D. and Eliza S. Rogers in Snowflake, Arizona. Snowflake was then in Apache County and is now in Navajo County. I was the seventh of fifteen children. They were Eliza Roxy, Smith D. Jr., Emma Matilda, Jesse Holister, Amanda, Starling Chandler, Wilford, Lorenzo, Noble, Ione, Lorana, Daniel Kimball, Mary, Ralph and Paul Moroni. Mother had a saying she said often, "A blue-eyed beauty will do it's Mothers duty, a grey-eyed greedy gut will eat all the world up, a brown-eyed blunder head will stumble over the trundle bed, but a black-eyed pick-a-pie will run around and tell a lie." I was her blue-eyed beauty, she told me often as she picked me up and cuddled me in her arms. I had blue eyes, light brown hair and fair complexion.


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Taken from Highlights In The Life Story Of Wilford Rogers Written by Lavieve Rogers Geiger as told by Wilford Rogers pages 3-4 The first incident I remember, my family lived in a log house. It was one big room with a fireplace in the north end. The house faced the east and was on the northeast corner of the block, west of what is now the city hall. Aunt Ruth was the second wife of my Grandfather Samuel Holister Rogers. My Grandmother had passed away, I do not remember her. This was in the spring of 1891. I was just past two years old. Aunt Ruth, that is what we called her, lived in a log cabin on the southeast corner of the some block. She loved children but had none of her own. She would make cookies and sweet cakes. We all knew we could get some if we went to visit her. One day I ran up to Aunt Ruth's. She gave me some sweet cake. About that time, Grandfather came into the house, he ask, "Wilford have you had your cookie?" I replied, "Yes". He ask, "Does your Mother know where you are?" I said, "I guess not". Grandfather said, "We better go see your Mother and let her know where you are." I said, "Alright". He picked me up and set me on his shoulder and carried me home. When we reached the front door he said, "Eliza, here is your runaway." That is the only thing I can remember of my Grandfather. He passed away soon after that. He was seventy-five years old. The Flake store had an upstairs hall with a stage in the east end, where they put on plays and held dances. They had to make their own entertainment in those days. They put on Uncle Tom's Cabin. I don't remember all the cast but I do remember Father and Mother were in the play. My brother, Lorenzo and I were their children. Mother took the part of Eliza, Uncle Tom's daughter and Father was her husband. John Hunt Jr., the Bishop's son, took the part of Uncle Tom. Osner Flake took the part of Simon Legree. Legree had put Elisa's husband to death because he wanted to take Eliza for his housekeeper and concubine. Uncle Tom stood up for his daughter, so Legree started beating him with his long black whip. I saw all this for I was there on the stage. Uncle Tom would groan from the effects of the whip. Fanny Adair, an older woman who was a half-breed Ute Indian and had been raised by the Mormons was in the audience. When Legree with his wicked whip looked like he was going to kill Uncle Tom , Fanny jumped to her feet and Screamed, "Oss Flake, don't you dare hit that poor ****** another lick!" Even though I had been present through all the rehearsals it still made chills run all over me when I heard the crack of the whip. I am sure that my brother and I played the part of frightened Pickaninnies vary well.

Tribute given by his daughter, Erna, at his funeral

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Life Sketch of Samuel Lorenzo Rogers Page1 Erna Rogers Holdaway remarks at his funeral I’d like to tell you about this special man who is my father; he didn’t stand out in a crowd, just an average, regular guy, but to me he is a king—and stands near ten feet high--- Samuel Lorenzo Rogers was the eighth child in the family of Smith D. Rogers and Eliza Smith Rogers. It became a family of fifteen children so he was the middle child. They were a loving family who enjoyed life and each other. With fifteen children there was a lot of living to do. It was not an easy life; this was a hard time, for it was a pioneering time. There were none of the luxuries that today we call necessities. Water was a precious commodity in those days. Everything was done with horse-drawn equipment or hand labor. Dad’s people were horse-trainers and traders. Smith D. Rogers, Dad’s father, and his brothers were in partnership together. My father told about the happenings of his life, the trying event for him when the partnership was dissolved. He was a young and could no longer come and go freely in the areas that were dear to him—pumping the bellows at the blacksmith shop, coming and going in the horse corrals and playing on the log fences. These were special places for these young boys and they could no longer be a part of their every- day activities. He told of the times working with his dad and his brothers and of the lessons of learning how to work. He was taken out of school in the spring and in the fall to help with the planting and the harvesting so did not get too much of the schooling that he so eagerly desired. His schooling stopped with the eighth grade. He had often told us when he remembered seeing my mother for the first time. He was eight years old; they had gone to Sunday School. In the center of the church-house was a large pot-bellied stove. It was winter and very cold. To keep the children warm they were marched around the stove in two lines, one going one way and the other one going the other way. As he marched around, he saw this curly-haired girl, who was five years old, dressed in a fur muff and cap, who was so beautiful and so prettily dressed that he fell in love with her and I believe he never got over being in love with her. As he approached the age of sixteen, his father became seriously ill and calling my dad to his bed-side gave him the care of the family. There were older members of the family but they were married or had left the home-nest so as a last request his father asked him to accept this responsibility. Dad accepted the responsibility and from that point on felt the pressure of this request. He tells about his mother owing quite a sum of money at ACMI for things that she had purchased and Dad felt that it needed to be repaid so he was going to go and ask if he could work for ACMI and pay off her bill and save up Page 2 some money so that he could get married. It had been a few years since his father had passed away and he felt that if he could get his mother’s debts paid off then he could get married. This he did and when he told his sweetheart his plans and how hard he worked to make his dreams a reality she accepted willingly. He tells about going by train to Salt Lake City to be married and of going to one of mother’s relatives to stay while they were in SLC and the relative meeting them and saying, “What a big man for such a little girl .” Be that as it may, they became a very special team, working, planning, struggling, and sacrificing for their family, giving us opportunities to grow and develop into the kinds of individuals who could become strong citizens and fine examples of the principles they believed in. It was very special to hear him tell of his reactions as each of us became part of his family. The sweetness that filled the home with the arrival of Inez, the joy of having a son to do things with at the birth of Chet, the happy personality that was evident at the arrival of their dark haired boy, Flake, Lee’s stubborn arrival but he sweet spirit that was always a part of his personality, the birth of Emil D. and his unexpected ted death—how devastating that was for them, another daughter coming to be a part of their family followed soon after by another son, who only stayed such a short time, the sorrow as almost more than they could stand. It was not too long after this that dad received a call to go on a short term mission. I can imagine the preparation that took place and the concern as Dad left his young family. Dad and Mother had developed into such a strong effective team that they felt that they could handle this challenge also. Chet became the man of the; house and together he and Mother took care of the cow (this was the means by which there would be come income) and Dad went to serve the Lord, returning in time for the spring planting. As Dad left for his mission he was promised that when he returned his family would all be waiting for him and would be cared for in his absence. This promise was almost challenged while Dad was away in a very faith promoting experience. One of Mother’s brothers came and trimmed a tree to help provide wood for Mother to cook with and use to heat the house. As Uncle Jode was chopping the large blocks into small enough pieces to go into the stove, he was using two axes, one as a wedge and the other as a hammer. The head of the ax came off of the handle of the one that was being used as a hammer and it flew through the air about twenty feet to where I was and cut my neck, deeply. Suffice it to say that the neck was stitched back together and I was administered with the promised that I would recover, which would be a miracle in and of itself but even more when Dad came home in the spring we were all there to welcome him and all were well cared for. Page 3 He tells of the joy he felt at the return of his Dad from his mission and of the special glow that he seemed to have. This was the way I felt when Dad came home. I was so excited that I followed him around like a little puppy everywhere he went. I did not want to let him out of my sight. Within not too long after Dad returned, his mother died and Dad, true his promise to his father, let his two younger brothers, Ralph and Paul, live with the family for a time. It seemed to me that when there was someone in need our home was always open to help those who needed help. I would like to share a special memory with you. Dad and Mother had some property that they had homesteaded that was located about three miles west of town. The cows were kept there at this particular time. In order for us to take care of them and get them milked, we would get in the buggy and go the homestead, take care of the cows and milk then stay overnight, milk and care for the cows and return the next morning to repeat the process at evening time. In this day and age that would not be a problem but by horse and buggy that was a slow process and it could have been a boring drudgery but not with my parents. It was an opportunity to teach their children and as we traveled in the buggy they taught us to sing. Music was always a special part of their lives. At this special time, it is so dear to me. There was a beautiful sunset, as only northern Arizona can have, the entire family was in the buggy going to the homestead for the trip that day, and everyone was singing, harmony included, and to my very young soul I felt that this must be heaven. I remember the wish of my heart at that time was “Oh, I hope I can learn to sing like they do.” Within the next few years, Mother gave birth to two more boys, Garth and David. Garth was a fine healthy active boy. We were not privileged to keep David Leon for very long. David had been such a bundle of sunshine and with his death it was as if the sunshine had gone out for all of us. Chet was on his mission at the time of David’s death and it was doubly hard for him. From this time on things happened fast as they do as families grow up but in our little town we had not recovered from the Depression and we were still struggling. But these two strong individuals were still determined that their family would have every opportunity that it was possible for them to have. I recall Dad doing all kinds of things to find employment. They had a small farm of approximately twenty acres that kept us with food to eat but money was hard to come by. They had become a part of a dairy cooperative but with a limited number of cows that could not completely support the needs of a growing family. Page 4 I must share with you a story that tells of the sacrifice that my father made for me that is an example of my Father’s desires for us to have opportunities to grow, more often at great sacrifice to him. He always worked hard. He believed in giving a full day’s work for a full day’s pay. Some of the types of work which he did were hard rugged labor. When I became twelve years of age, I wanted a cello. All of the family members had been given an instrument when they were about that age. I remember that Dad contacted J Rufus Crandall, our music teacher, with a contract to supply all the wood he would need for a year if he would get a cello for me. At that time we were almost destitute so Dad’s work jacket, a levi flannel-lined jacket, had been so well worn that as I think of it now it was in shreds – not too much protection against the elements and in our country it was cold in the winter. He did not have warm boots so he wrapped his feet in gunny sacks that were plentiful and tied them around his feet with twine, with no more protection than this he spent long hours day after day hauling in the wood from the area around Snowflake where the cedars (as we called them) had died and could be used in the cook stoves or heatrolas for heat and by so doing paid for my cello and the lessons to learn to play it. This type of thing happened each time we acquired the instruments that we played, only the instrument changed. One had a violin, one a sax, one a clarinet, one a trombone, and we had a piano also. These two sacrificed for us instead of getting the things that would have made them more comfortable. Comfort was not a part of their lives. They were always aware of our needs and were a part of our accomplishments. They desired to have their family gain an education and at one time three of them were attending BYU and were batching it. Dad and Mother figured they could save some money and help their boys get their education if they came to Utah and found work here. So they pulled up their roots and moved to Utah to make a new life at a time in their life when most people are thinking of retiring. Dad started to work for the railroad after they moved to Provo and from this employment was able to provide for many of the things accomplished later. That was a long time ago and much has happened but those were the formative days of our lives --- those of us who were Dad’s and Mother’s off-spring. Dad told of his feelings as each got married and of his joy in our accomplishments, which he has always been a part of. He tells of his pride in his sons and the fact that they all went on a mission, that they all have been called as Bishops, and have all raised wonderful families and for his daughters and their families and their successes. After we were all married Dad and Mother continued to work until Dad was seventy years old and then they went on a mission to Florida for two years. There they gave of Page 5 themselves just as they had done throughout their lives. Their examples brought several into the church and strengthened many through their supportive help. When they returned they did not stay here, they went to Mesa to work in the temple and were soon ordained temple ordinance workers. For seven years they worked at the temple during the winter months and for the three summer months they came to Utah. Some of those years they were caretakers for the Girls Canyon Home in Provo Canyon. When they returned to stay in Utah, they desired to work at the Salt Lake City Temple but were told they were too old. However, when the Provo Temple opened, they were among those who worked there and continued to so for several years until Dad’s ears refused to hear well enough for him to do the work well. They were both released. Since that time Dad has had two gardens for many years for he would raise one here in Utah then would go to Arizona and raise a garden there in Tucson where they would live in an apartment close to Inez and Mark. Dad always had a beautiful which he was proud of and shared the product of his labors with others who came to visit. The last four years or so they felt it was too much to go down to Tucson so they have weathered the cold and he has been content with one garden a year until this year. So today we lay to rest a giant, not a giant in the things of this world but to those of us who hold him most dear, a man so big in character, so big in ability to influence others for good that I am sure he shall receive the greeting of “Well done thou good and faithful servant” and so we too shall say, “well done our dear Father.”

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Samuel Lorenzo Rogers was born on 14 Nov 1890
Samuel Lorenzo Rogers was 18 years old when Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
Samuel Lorenzo Rogers was 21 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
Samuel Lorenzo Rogers was 38 years old when Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, "Plane Crazy". Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Samuel Lorenzo Rogers was 49 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
Samuel Lorenzo Rogers was 55 years old when World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Samuel Lorenzo Rogers was 65 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
Samuel Lorenzo Rogers was 74 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.
Samuel Lorenzo Rogers was 82 years old when Munich massacre: Nine Israeli athletes die (along with a German policeman) at the hands of the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group after being taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games. Two other Israeli athletes were slain in the initial attack the previous day. The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, in which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took eleven Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer.
Samuel Lorenzo Rogers died on 2 Jan 1989 at the age of 98
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