Author: Heath, May Francis
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company;
Reuben T. Rogers was
born in Rochester, N. Y., Oct. 28, 1940, and died at the Masonic Hospital at
Alma, Oct. 1, 1927, at the good old age of 86.
As a young man he came
to Saugatuck where he was engaged in sailing on the lakes, and soon rose to the
position of Captain, his last boat being the Bon Voyage at Rochester and One
Thousand Islands, a Pleasure boat Carrying many tourists.
He was of the firm of
Capt. Rogers was married
Aug. 3, 1863, to Miss Sarah Snyder to whom were born three sons, Frank, who
died at the age of eighteen, and who for five years had served as purser on the
Taylor, and had such a bright future, his death was a crushing blow to his
parents. Hosea, the second son had the record of being the youngest lake
captain, and when he, too, was taken in 1900, just arriving on the threshold of
manhood, their cup was full of sorrow. Van, the youngest son, still survives
with the mother, and resides at
Capt. Rogers was a
charter member of Saugatuck Masonic Lodge, one of the first Worshipful Masters,
and this lodge conducted the funeral obsequies.