HON. CALVIN M.RODGERS
Farmer and stock raiser, Hale Township, Warren County, Ill., rural free delivery No, 3, is a man of influence and much personal worth, who is trusted and has been highly honored by his fellow-citizens.
Mr. Rodgers was born in Monroe County, ., February 15, 1835, a son of Aleri and Mary (Davidson) Rodgers, natives of Rockbridge County, Virginia. John Rodgers, his grandfather, a native of Scotland, married Isabel Ireland, of Irish birth. John Davidson, his mother's father, was born in North Carolina, and married a member of the Thomson family of that State. Aleri Rodgers went from Virginia to Monroe County, Mo., in 1822, and came to Warren County, Ill., in 1836, and bought two hundred acres of land in Section 2, Hale Township, where he resided until 1863, when he died. He was the father of ten children, six of wnom are dead, while three live in Warren County, another being a resident of California.
C. M. Rodgers married Eliza A. Paine, of Warren County, Ill., October 27, 1858, and she has borne him eight children, six of whom are living, as follows: Romaine M., Charles H.. Aleri A., William D., Alexander and Emily I. Mrs. Rodgers is a daughter of Charles H. and Parthenia (Mason) Paine, natives of New England, who came to Warren County in 1836, when her father bought land in Sumner Township, where he died in 1859, his wife about 1872. Mr. Paine, who was a successful farmer, was the father of six children, four of whom are dead.
The immediate subject of this sketch was educated in the country schools, supple mented by two winters in an academy at Galesburg, and has devoted himself to farming and stock-raising with success. For many years he has been influential as a Republican, and represented his district in the State Legislature during the sessions of 1883 and 1885; for six years was a member of the "Warren County Board of Supervisors, and for three years has been a member of the County Board of Review. A man of good judgment in all business affairs, his advice in important matters has frequently been sought by his neighbors. He has been a Trustee of the Warren County Library for nearly twenty-five years.
A lover of books, he has been a diligent reader of informing literature and has traveled quite extensively from time to time, yet is a great lover of home, having lived on the same farm for sixty-six years, and enjoys a wide acquaintance and is highly esteemed.
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