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THE ARGUS. THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 1909.
HIE HO V KWTUBBj
Master Wind of the Standard
Oil Trust Who Rose From the
Work of a Newsboy to
Be a Power In World
Princely Benefactor to His Home
Town, Fairhaven His Advice
to Young Men, "Don't Be
a Pessimist"--Once a
HENRY n. ROGERS, the million
aire Standard Oil man, who
died of apoplexy on May 19 In
New York, had not been in
rugged health for some time.
Mr. Rogers was one of the best
known men in financial affairs in
America, but his name was less often
In print than the names of some other
very wealthy men. He was an enthusi
astic yachtsman and very ofteu took
parties of friends on cruises. Since
Mark Twain's return from his long
residence abroad Mr. Rogers on more
than one occasion made the humorist
one of his yachting guests, and it was
Bomethlng of a toss-up on those trips
whether Mr. Rogers got the more fun
out of Mr. Clemens or Mr. Clemens
had the more sjnirt with his host. The
yacht of these recent voyages was the
Kanawha. Some years ago Mr. Rog
ers' yacht was the Lotowana.
Mr. Rogers' business interests were
diversified. He was an officer or di
rector of at least twenty-live corpora
tions. He was president of the Amal
gamated Copper company, vice presi
dent of the Anacouda Mining com
pany, vice president of the Atlantic
Coast Electric Railway company, vice
president of the Brooklyu Union Gas
company, president of the National
Transit company, president of the Rich
mond Light and Railroad company,
vice president of the Standard Oil com
pany and vice president of the United
ftttnla fiul'lncr eolllllHIIV. Hp WAS A dl-
years. Bartholomew Taber, a paint
shop proprietor in Fairhaven, heard
from Charles Pratt of the Pratt oil
works in Brooklyn that his company
was looking for a bright young New
Euglauder. Rogers was summoned
I from McClintock's, on Oil creek, where
he had mastered in a surprisingly
short time all of the details of the pro
ducing business. Mr. Rogers before he
left Pennsylvania had become connect
ed with the Pennsylvania Salt com
pany of Natrona, which operated one
of the largest refineries on the Alle
gheny river in connection with ita
chemical works. During the civil war
he had contributed to the Uniou cause
and aided soldiers.
It wasn't long before Mr. Rogers
was an important factor in the irm
of Charles Tratt & Co., having been
taken in as a partner. This part
nership continued until the formation
of the Standard Oil company in 1874,
when the union of 'the chief refineries
of New York. Philadelphia. Cleveland
and Pittsburg was effected. Mr. Rog
ers became the chairman of the man
ufacturing committee of the combina
tion aud also one of the trustees. From
that day until his death he was one
of the controlling forces in the affairs
; of that company. It has been said of
him that he had more actual experi
ence in the petroleum 'industry than,
any other of the men who have be
come rich in the Standard Oil group.
Mr. Rogers' first wife died fourteen
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THE LATE II. U. ROGERS.
rector of the United States Steel cor
poration, the Union racific railroad,
the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe,
the Tennessee Copper company, the
Guaranty Trust company, the Atlas
Tack compauy; the New Jersey and
Staten Island Ferry company, the Chi
cago. Milwaukee and St. Paul rail
road and several other corporations.
Mr. Rogers was born in 1810 at Mat
tapnlsctt. Mass., where his ancestors
had lived from colonial days. He at
tended the Fairhaven high school and
was graduated in the first class that
ever left the school. He told his
friends of later years how the seats in
that schoolhouse used to cramp his
long legs and. how. In complaining to
the teacher one day, he had vowed
that if ever he got rich ho would build
a -school house in which boys could be
comfortable. His very first gift to the
town of Fairhaven after he had be
come a man of wealth was a school
house which cost $75,000.
Fairhaven in the days when Rogers
left high school wasn't teeming with
opportunities for an ambitious youth.
The high school graduate tried his
hand first at selling newspapers for
want of better employment, but he
had to run over to New Bedford to
find enough people to make the thing
A little experience in that line satis
fied him that there was a better open
ing in a store. He held his place as
clerk for live years at $3 a week and
board. Then he tried his hand as bag
gagemaster on the branch railroad
which ran through Fairhaven. That
Job paid $1.1G a day. T)ie payroll of
the road showing his receipts for
wages and also numerous grocery bills
that he signed are kept as Interesting
relics In the town now.
Mr. Rogers, like many an ambitious
young New Englander, started for
Pennsylvania in the early sixties to
seek his fortune in the petroleum busi
ness. He knew nothing about it ex
cep That he had read in the newspa
pers. He had married Miss Abbie T.
Gilford of Fairhaven, and together
tljey set out for the new laud. Their
stay in Pennsylvania was for only six
years ago. In 1S96 he married Emelle
Augusta Randel, daughter of the head
of the diamond firm of Randel, Bare
more & Billings. She had been Mrs.
Lucius R. Hart, but had divorced her
husband and obtained permission to
use her maiden name.
Mr. Rogers had spent, it Is estimated,
$3,000,000 in making Fairhaven, his
boyhood home, a model town. His first
gift. as already told, was tho school
house. After that came a town hall.
The Millicent library, a memorial to
his daughter, cost $200,000. To the
Unitariau church he gave a group of
buildings, the total outlay having been
about $1,000,000. This gift was In
memory of his first wife. Mr. Rogers
built a beautiful home In Fairhaven,
and many of bis happiest hours were
spent there. Mr. Rogers' interest In
his old town became so deep that a
few years ago he accepted the office
of superintendent of streets, a post
which paid him $3 a day. It Is esti
mated that Mr. Rogers spent fully
$100,000 of his own money on the
streets and roads of Fairhaven. The
sewers and waterworks also were built
largely with hi money. Last year he
carried his patronage to the extent of
giving the teachers In the public
schools $1,000 each for their vacation.
He built a beautiful three story Ma
sonic hall in the town and requested
that the lodge should be named aftef
Captain Ceorge n. Taber. for "Cap
tain Taber," said Mr. Rogers, "is the
finest man I ever knew, with a heart
as big as an ox and love enough for
the whole world." Among Mr. Rogers'
other philanthropies was the purchase
of the old Lewis G. Morris homestead,
on Morris heights, for an orphans'
home under the management of the
Church of the Messiah.
Mr. Rogers had come in for his share
of the trouble that has arisen for the
Standard Oil men out of the federal
and state agitation against the com
pany. Mr.j Rogers testified In the pro
ceedings that were brought against the
company by the state of Missouri, and
he had said that he was ready to ap
pear as a witness In other actions
whenever his testimony was needed.
- Mr. Rogers was a man of striking nine years ago. following the failure of
cnearance. lie was also n man of a publishing house in which he was
great geniality. He was always fond Interested, he found himself $150,000
of a Joke aud knew how to crack one. la debt That Henry U. Rogers came
He was once asked how he inauaged . to his assistance and. violating a pre
to succeed so well In the world. He viously unbroken rule of his career.
replied: - acted as his trustee and benefactor in
"By working as hard as anybody I recouping the lwain losses is one or
ever saw or read about." 1 "Is shining monumcuis.
In 1SU7 Mr. Rogers, at the behest of
a representative of the Danish gov-
ernment. brought to the attention of
the federal government the fact' that
Denmark desired to sell to the United
States the Danish West Indies. The
outbreak of the Spanish war stopped
the negotiations at that time, and this
brief connection of Mr. Rogers with
the matter was made the basis of sen
sational stories which had Mr. Rogers
owning the United States senate.
Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife
and four children Henry II. Rogers,
Jr.; Anne, who became Mrs. W. E.
Benjamin; Clara, whose first husband,
Bradford Duff, died four or five years
ago and who afterward married Ur
ben II. Broughton of Chicago, and
Mae, who also married twice.
Mr. Rogers' New York city home
was at 3 East Seventy-eighth street.
The social organizations to which he
belonged included the Union League
club, the Metropolitan. Lotos. En
gineers'. New York Yacht and Seawan-aka-Corinthlau
Yacht. He was also n
member of the American Fine Arts
and New England societies, the Amer
ican Museum of Natural History, the
Municipal Art Society and others.
Here Is the sort of talk that Rogers
gave to young men:
"Don't be a pessimist. Believe in
yourself and your country. We are
entering upon an era of development
and prosperity unparalleled In the his
tory of the world. The young man
who realizes this fact is the young
man who will succeed."
Mr. Icogers was a handsome man.
Tall. lithe, straight as an arrow, he
towered far above the crowd any
where. His face was lean and clear
cut, the stroug protruding jaw of the
fighting man attracting attention to
him at once. But the severity of his
lower face was relieved by a twin
kling, merry blue eye and a lofty, be
nevolent forehead. ,
"I have beeu hammered for years,"
Mr. Rogers said recently. "Every one
takes a shot at Rogers at some time or
other In his life. Of course I don't
like it. The man doesn't live who does
not covet the esteem of his neighbors.
But what can I do? Nothing that I
could say would stop the torrents of
abuse. So I say nothing.
"The resources of this great land
have only Leeu scratched. The next
fifty years will see wonders in the way
of development that even we do not
dream of. That's why I say to you
young men. don't be pessimistic. Get
Into the fight and do a man's part.
There never were so many opportuni
ties as there are today. The great
trouble with our boys is that they
don't like work. They like to sit on a
high stool, wear a high collar and ogle
the girls. The wasto get along Is to
go to work, and by that I mean go to
work with your hands. No man ever
learned a business in the office.
"What does the president of a rail
road do with his son? Does he get him
a Job' In the office? Not much. The
boy goes Into the shop and learns how
to do things worth while. Then after
he has shown that his hands will sup
port his head that Is, to feed him he
is given a chance to show that his
head can support his hands.
"And another thing get married.
There's nothing like a good wife to
make a man hustle. Just look around
you. and you'll find that nine out of
ten successful men of affairs have mar
ried early in life."
When Mark Twain, the great Amer
ican humorist, awoke one morning
! a Ktnrv Is told of Rogers which la
A young man in New York who had
the same name and initials as Mr.
Rogers frequently received through
the mail letters which were intended
for the Standard Oil man. One day
he received a bill for a new flag fur
nished to Mr. Rogers' yacht, which he
mailed to him with the following note:
Dear Sir I received the inclosed bl)l In
tended for you. as I am not fortunate
enough to own a yacht. However. 1 will
pay your bill if you will tell me the best
time to buy Standard Oil.
lie received the following reply:
Dear Sir Your note at hand. I will be
glad o pay my own bill. The best time
to buy Standard Oil is between 10 and 2.
One of the traditions at the Stand
ard Oil building was that Rogers ar-.
rived aud departed exactly at 10:30 in
the morning and 3:30 in the afternoon.
One mornlug the veteran watchman
who stood at the Broadway entrance
to the buildiug was seen to take out
his watch when Mr. Rogers hurried
in. look at It and confidently set it for
ward ten minutes, for among the dis
tinguished characteristics of Mr. Rog
ers was a regard that almost amount
ed to a reverence for time.
Mr. Rogers rounded out his life work
by constructing the Virginia railroad,
which is 4-12 miles in length and cost
$40,000,000. The road, which tops the
vast bituminous coal fields of West Vir
ginia, was almost entirely built with
.11 r. Rogers' own money.
WHY BE BALD.
When Parisian Sage Is Guaranteed
to Stop l ulling Hair, or
A luxuriant head of hair is God's
birthright to every man to every
If your hair is falling out, if it is
turning gray, if it is full of dandruff
if it is harsh and uncontrollable, then
it is diseased and prompt action
should be taken. '
Parisian Sage is a real hair re
storer; it will darken faded hair; it
will stop dandruff in one week by
promptly killing the germs that in
fest the roots of the hair.
Parisian Sage is the most delight
ful hair dressing-in the world; it is
plcasa-nt, invigorating and refreshing.
It makes the hair soft, beautiful and
luxurious. Wherever Parisian Sage
is known, it is the ladies favorite
We urge ail women who desire
beautiful hair, to try Parisian Sage.
If, alter using one bottle, you do
not say it is the most delightful hair
dressing you ever used, you can have
your money back. The price is only
r0 ccnth a bottle at the Harper
House pharmacy or by express, char
ges prepaid, from.Giroux Manufac
turing company, Buffalo, N. Y.
HAT FAD AT SMITH COLLEGE
Girl Students Have Different Ones For
Every Hour of the Day.
They cost only 15 cents, and that's
the reason why Smith college girls at
Northampton, Mass., have becu ..dis
porting themselves of late in uu end
less variety of gorgeous headgear.
The hats come from a factory in
Amherst. They come untrlmmed, but
that Is a matter of small Importance,
for Smith college girls are artists at
Some weeks ago it was noticed that
a fad for variegated millinery held the
students In its grip. Girls who, as
their friends knew, had not been out
of Northampton for weeks suddenly
appeared in gorgeous new creations
And some of them had as many as ten
or a dozen new hats. There was noth
ing like them In ' the Northampton
Then it was learned that for two
weeks the cars running betsven Am
herst and Northampton have been
dally crowded with students going to
buy the fifteeu cent hats. It is the
fad at present to have a hat for every
hour of the day, and each girl pur
chases from a half dozen to two dozen
of the straw hats," takes them back to
Northampton and decorates them to
suit her fancy.
"I believe that in the last month,"
said Fred Shepherd, superintendent of
the hat factory, recently, "we have
60ld no fewer than 1.500 of these hats.
Girls are arriving here at all times of
the day In carriages, automobiles and
on the cars.
"They go to the big storeroom and
search through the piles of hats In the
bins till they find what they want. One
girl only a few days ago spent a whole
day picking out hers and went away
with exactly two dozen. As a rule,
however, the purchases range between
a half dozen and a dozen and a half."
No Wonder She's Cross.
A Case For Condolence.
Not all that glitters is gold and not
all who lean over the rail are seasick.
One of the lessons of life is not to take
too much for granted. However, iu
the instance mentioned by F. J. M.
Smith in "The Hades of Ardenne" the
sympathy was as genuine as if the ob
ject had been more deserving.
Night was falling as Daubiton paced
the deck. One by one the passengers
had gone below. One lady remained
in the stern, leaning over the rail, gaz
ing sadly over the sea Daubitou could
just make out her outliues in the-dusk.
As he drew near her on one of his
rounds a heartrending groan startled
his ears. He looked wistfully at the
graceful figure shrouded iu its long
garment. lie could make out the small
head bent over the foaming water In
exquisite feminine grace. If he could
only help her!
Back and forth he paced. She was
evidently suffering from the worst
form of seasickness. It was sad to
think of her all alone with no one to
comfort her. Daubiton debated. Per
haps she preferred to be left alone.
The boat suddenly gave a roll and
plunged wildly. There was a shrill
shriek, followed by a terrible groan.
Daubiton could stand it no longer, ne
went to her and spoke respectfully,
"Can I do anythlug for you?"
There was no answer.
"She seems unconscious," he said to
himself and laid bis hand gently on
her shoulder. Then he started. It was
no lady. It was a fender, and the
groans were made by the chains which
led from the rudder to the steering
Interesting Induction of
Trices on Women 's Cloth Suits
sa sa mmm aas bm
j $22.50, $25.00, $21.50 and $30.00 tr ff
This Season's Suits, on Sale for W 1 0 . 11
$32.50, $35.00, $37.50 and $40.00 1f ff
This Season's Suits on Sale for V&U.UU
It you were to come into this department select a suit and were
given the opportunity to place your own price upon ' it, we doubt if
the price would be as low as the ones we Lave placed on tnem.
. Our Suit clearance offers the greatest purchasing opportunity
presented in years, for the woman who has yet her suit to buy for
present or early fall wear.
these two prices we are offering a special purchase
Knits made of short length materials, all this sea
son's cloths. Thev were made un to our sterial order
In styles selected by u. Every coat satin lined, gored skirts not a suit In
the cntpe lot but what is worth doable the asking price and some a great
deal more. They will he placed on sale tomorrow at $10 and $12.
IZbery Woman Ought to Habe a Silk
Dress at these prices $8.75, $11.25, $375
Beautiful street and evening dresses in Princess, Empire and Jumper Styles. Some perfectly plain with
strappings and folds of same materials; others embroidered and trimmed with lace and insertions; some
are made with materials of same goods; others with sleeves and yokes of net.
Tho materials are satin, messaline, taffeta and figured foularda in all the staple and evening shades. Ev
ery silk dress in our stock is included at one of these prices.
$11.25 to S13.75 W S15.00 to S17.50 S 18.75 to S25
MLR I)KK.SL! SILK PRESSES SnT? SH-K DRESSES
at SS.75 , at S11.S5 x at $13.75
Every woman who inspects these dresses will buy one or more of them of this we are confident be
cause we know what exceptional values they were at the . regular prices and we know you will realize
what amazing bargains they represent at the reduced prices.
Tailored Wash Suits Lingerie Dresses Separate
Wash Skirts Dutch Collar Lingerie and Tailored Waists.
A most attractive display is here in all the qualitifs and price ranges. Each one embody
ing that newness of style so much sought for at moderate prices
Tailored Wash Suits at $3.25, $1.25, $5.0 up to $17 50
Lingerie Dresses at 5.75, $5, SG.75. up to S15
Separate Mash Skirts at $1.00, 2.25., $3.75, up to $7.50
Dutch tollar, Lingerie and Tailored Waists in a large range of stvles, priced from
$1.00 up to $5.00
Summer, Styles of Cloth Skirts
To see this interesting showing will be to please you. Everything that
is new in light weight, fancy Skirtings, White Serges, Brilliantine is
contained in this extensive display Prices range from $5 to $10.00
Separate Skirts of Panama, Voile Serge, Sicilian, Taffeta Silk, etc.. Our
Btocks are now at their best; every wanted 'material, style, shade, price
hud size will be found In our immense skirt department.
Women's, Misses' &
in a large range of
styles and prices. .
114-116 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa
We are receiving
dally the mid-season
styles of covert coats
in three-quarter and
full length styles.
porting a rlvai canfiuiaie ana gave ts
lawyer a horse which outwardly ap
peared perfect, but which broke down
entirely before half tho journey was
completed, so that when the candi
date arrived the convention had ad
journed and his rival had been nomi
nated. On his return to the stable late the
following afternoon, knowing that It
was isolcss to resent the trick played
upon him. he said to the owner: "Look
bore, Smith, you must be training this
horse for the New York market. You
expect to sell him to an undertaker
for a hearse horse, don't you? Well,
it's time wasted. I know . from his
gait that you have spent days train
ing him to pull a hearse, but hell
prove a dead failure. Why, he's so
slow he couldn't get a corpse to the
cemetery in time for the resurrection."
A Grand Family Medicine.
-t gives me pleasure to speak a
good word for Electric Bitters,"
writes Frank Conlan of No. 43
Houston street. New York. "It's a
grand family medicine for dyspepsia
and liver complications; while for
lame back and weak kidneys it can
not be too highly recommended."
Electric Bitters regulate the digestive
functions, purifythc blood, and im
part renewed vigor and vitality to tuc
weak and debilitated of both sexes.
Sold under guarantee at all drug
gists. 50 cents.
He Was Slow.
Lincoln used to be fond of telling a
a simpl" and natural remedy as Lane's utrtrv Of n bwwr -whoilpfslrpil tho nnm.
uy MeuiL-ine, the herb tea that makes- f ,,. j,, ,
The woman who lias a thousand itettv
cares and annoyances while she suffers OUSe.
with headache or sidcaehe must not be
blamed if she cannot always be anircl-
ienlly amiable. What she needs is
thoiihtf illness from tier family and such
- c. lit. j -'I' nil llll , 111' 'HI l, LI ll L 1 1 tl I 1 1 1 t r - - . . . ...
weak women stronff and well. Sold by gallon lor coumy juuge. uu xne
OrtiKsists aiid dealers. 20c. I morning preceding the evening on
which the county convention was to
meet he applied to the livery stable
keeper in his village for a horse and
buggy in which to drive to the county
riTrn slxtppn mlTen distant whire tha
j convention was to be held. "Give me
the best and the, fastest horjje you
have, Sara," said he, "so that I will
RASfl. V A P P f . I F n f lii Trt Mirio t j"v rrt npikitnil amV caa
For sate ny itock Island Hardwati wWnr th mnrntiA nn.M in
Company, David Don, III & EKleb. : Tne liveryman, however, was sup-
MB W 1
DON'T GIVE UP.
Discouraged Citizens Will Find Com
fort in the Experience of a
lUiek Island Maui.
Experience is the modern instructor.
Profit by the experience of others.
It may save your life.
The experience of friends and neigh
bors. The testimony of Rock Island people
Will bring renewed encouragement.
Here is a case in point: ,
A, G. Fider, retired, 1110 Third ave
nue, Bock Island, 111., says: "From my
experience with Doan's Kidney Pills. I
do not hesitate to endorse thqm to any
one suffering from kidney trouble. My
back bothered me a great deal, and
there were acute pains across my kid
neys that made it very hard for mc to
stoop. Other difficulties led mc to be
lieve that my kidneys were affected,
and reading about Doan's Kidney. Pilla,
I was led to get a supply at tho Harper
House pharmacy. They gave mc prompt
relief, and thus convinced me of their
great merit." t
For sale by all dealers. Price, 50
cents. Foster-Milburn Company, Buf
falo, New York, sole agents for the
Remember the name Doan's and
take no other. - - -
"Tickled to Death With Our Rates and Terms."
MUTUAL LOAN CO
PsopU's National Bank Building; Room 411. Old Phons Wast 122;
Nsw 5109. Open Wtdnesday and Saturday Nights.
Braided Moulded Con
struction. Str.nd3 Abuse.
500 feet lengths. You can get any length you need in
one picee. Come in and see for yourself.
Channon & Dufva,
112 West Sevententh street.