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The following two obituaries were furnished by the Keo-Mah Genealogy Society, 209 A Av
East, Oskaloosa, IA 52577-2807. The obituaries were published in 1910, apparently in
Oskaloosa. I have no more source information.
I suspect that this Rodgers family might be related to my Great-great-grandmother Tabitha
Rodgers/Roggers/Rogers of Delaware County, Ohio. (Tabitha married Seneca D. Russell.) I
do not know who her parents were.
The first obituary is for Ezekiel Rodgers, whose name appears in the 1850 census of Scioto
in Delaware County, Ohio. At the time of the census, he was 29 and lived with Elizabeth
Rogers. 32, and Sarah A. Cratty, 6; and Jane F. Cratty, 4. (Sarah A. Cratty was probably
his niece, mentioned as S. A. Cratty in his obituary.)
Death of Ezekiel Rodgers
Died at his home, No. 216 North Third street, Monday, July 25, 1910, at 7:45 p.m., of old
age, Ezekiel Rodgers, aged 88 years, 6 months and 26 days.
The deceased was born in Ohio, December 29, 1821, and has been a resident of Iowa for
forty years and of the county about the same length of time.
Funeral from the late residence, at 10:30 o'clock a. m. Wednesday, July 27, 1910,
conducted by Rev. Alexander McFerran. Interment in Forest cemetery.
Mr. Rodgers was well known in the city. He was a skilled carpenter and was a faithful and
devoted member of the Presbyterian church. He was a kindly disposed man, and rejoiced in
He has been bedfast for a number of months and was very patiently cared for by his niece,
Miss S. O. Cratty. Dr. L. A. Rodgers, and Miss Amanda Rodgers of this city, also Mrs.
Crawford, of Des Moines, were nieces and nephews of the deceased.
The second obituary was titled DIED.
The Minneapolis Journal of Thursday evening, August 4, contained the following
"Mrs. Mary Shields Rodgers, wife of W. F. Rodgers, died on Wednesday, August 3, at
her home, 2740 Garfield avenue. Mrs. Rodgers was a member and active worker in
Westminster Presbyterian church since 1882, and assisted as a teacher in the opening of
Hope Chapel. She was a member of the committee of the Women's Christian Association,
having charge of the young women's boarding home. The funeral will take place at 2:30
Friday from the home. The interment will be made at Oskaloosa, Iowa."
The remains arrived in Oskaloosa at 10:45 Saturday morning, accompanied by the husband, W.
F. Rodgers, a sister, Miss Tressie Shields, J. W. Rodgers and C. D. Rodgers and wife of
McKinzie, N. D., Wilbur Shields and wife of Iowa City. A short funeral service was held
at the home of the late E. [Ezekiel] Rodgers, 216 North Third street, at 10:30 [sic]
Saturday morning and interment was made in Forest cemetery. The deceased is a
sister-in-law of Dr. L. A. Rodgers anmd Amanda Rodgers of this city, the husband having
formally resided here. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.
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