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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Arthur Rogers (1862-1929)

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Robert Arthur Rogers
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Businessman.

Not to be confused with politician Robert Rogers, with whom he was contemporaneous.

Born at Franklin Centre, Quebec on 18 January 1862, he worked for the Exchange Bank of Ontario at Parkhill, Ontario in 1878, transferring to the head office of the Bank of Montreal in 1880 where he stayed for two years. In 1882 he returned to Parkhill and, in partnership with his brother, T. L. Rogers, opened a private bank. He closed the bank in 1890 and moved to Winnipeg to become a wholesale dealer in fruits and provisions. Fifteen years later he organized the Crescent Creamery Company, of which he was President and General Manager. He served as President of the Manitoba Dairy Association (1921). On 1 June 1898, he married Florence Edith McTavish and they had four children: Margaret MacTavish Rogers, Jean Emily Rogers (1901-?, wife of Arthur Gorham Lawson), Enid Rogers (1903-1990), and John A. Rogers. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, Winnipeg Hunt Club, and Pine Ridge Golf Club. In poor health, he left Winnipeg in early 1929 and died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 8 March 1929. His body was returned to Winnipeg for burial in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

Sources:

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“R. A. Rogers dies in Vancouver, aged 67,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 March 1929. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

“Many mourners attend funeral of R. A. Rogers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 March 1929. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

“Dairy Association of Manitoba gains unique reputation,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 March 1938, page 52.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 July 2020

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