from The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky
Thursday, February 11, 1909
Sudden Death of Mr. Evan Rogers
This community was greatly shocked last week by the news of the sudden death of Mr. Evan Rogers, which occurred at 10 o’clock, Wednesday night, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Neale of this place. The physicians pronounced death due to an attack of acute indigestion.
Mr. Rogers had come over with his wife from Lebanon, where they have been making their home and were staying with Mrs. Neale, who is a niece of Mrs. Rogers. On Wednesday morning Mr. Rogers took the train for Louisville to attend to some business matters. He ate dinner at a restaurant at about 1 o’clock and ate rather heartily of fish. Mr. G. C. Wharton was taking dinner in the restaurant at the same time and says when he left him he appeared to be as usual. Mr. Wharton did not see Mr. Rogers any more until he boarded the train for Springfield at the Tenth Street depot at 4:30 that afternoon. Mr. Wharton says that Mr. Rogers complained of feeling sick when he got on the train and he rapidly grew worse until the train reached Springfield when he was so ill that he had to be assisted from the train and placed in a carriage and driven to Mr. Neale’s home. Drs. Lampton and Hyatt were called and did all they could to relieve the sufferer, but to no avail, and he quietly passed away at about 10 o’clock.
Mr. Evan Rogers was born on the farm now owned by W. P. Merritt north of Pleasant Grove in this county September 17th, 1836. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Rogers. Forty-seven years ago he was married to Miss Lucy Browne, a daughter of the late Stephen C. Browne. The Brownes and Rogers families were among the most influential families of the early days of Washington County, and have always been closely identified with the history and progress of the county. Shortly after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Rogers moved to Henry County, Kentucky, and a little later moved to Illinois and settled on a farm in McDonough County near Macomb. They lived in Illinois about 17 years when they removed to Kentucky and bought a farm in Shelby County. About eight years ago Mr. Rogers sold his Shelby County farm and retired from business and has resided at this place and Lebanon ever since. He invested a great deal of his time in later years to church and Sunday School work. He was a member of the Baptist faith and contributed liberally of his time and means to the advancement of the Master’s cause. He was a man who lived his religion. He was the soul of honor and integrity and was everybody’s friend and no man’s enemy. He was the soul of devotion to his wife who has the sympathy of many friends in this her sad bereavement. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers had no children. Besides his wife Mr. Rogers is survived by a brother, Mr. W. C. Rogers, of Lebanon, and a sister, Mrs. Fred Hagan, of this place.
The funeral took place at Pleasant Grove on Friday morning and the services were simple in accordance with the wishes of the deceased. Rev. Gatin of Campbellsville, Dr. C. A. Graves of Lebanon, and Revs. R. L. Purdom and W. H. Williams of this place took part in the ceremonies.