Broom-maker, Farmer, Hotel Manager
From a sketch of Joseph Rogers in Biographical History of Northeastern Ohio Embracing the Counties of Ashtabula, Trumbull and Mahoning. … (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1893), p. 341:
Loren Rogers was born in Vienna, Ohio, May 1, 1827 (incorrect year, cemetery records indicate otherwise), and was reared in Trumbull county, assisting his father in the tannery, and also learning the trade of broom-maker. He was engaged in the manufacture of brooms for several winters. When a young man, and previous to his marriage, he took charge of the hotel at Vienna, having a family move into the hotel and do the cooking for him, and remaining for about two years. He continued in this business for seven years. In the meantime, in 1840, he married Betsey Chamberlain, by whom he had five daughters and three sons. Of his family we record that William is a resident of Cortland, Ohio; Joseph lives in Niles, this State; Zachariah, who was a member of the Eighteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the war, died afterward from the effects of disease contracted while in the service; Laura, wife of Lewis Kerr, of Brookfield, Ohio; Ella, widow of N. B. McKinley, resides with her father in Vienna; Mary, wife of William Smile, of Kansas; Martha, wife of Homer Dunlap, Vienna; and Lucy, wife of I. H. McGaughey, a druggist of Bedford, Ohio.
Mr. Rogers has been engaged in farming the greater part of his life, ever since he retired from the hotel business. He owns 114 acres of land near Niles, seventy-five acres at Vienna Center, and 160 acres in the southern part of the township. When he left home to make his own way in the world his father gave him $100, and with this exception he has made very dollar he has. He has been an earnest temperance worker all his life, and now gives his support to the Prohibition party.