George Washington and Mary Ellen (Potter) Rogers, son Joseph E. and Estella (McKown) Rogers

Mary Ellen Potter was born June 22, 1858 in Greene County, Indiana to Thomas and Temperance (West) Potter.

In 1880 Joseph E. Rogers is six months old, in Greene County Indiana with B.W. 26 and Mary E. Rogers, 22.

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Picture taken at the time of the death of George W. Rogers. Back Row: Martha Elizabeth & Joseph Elijah Rogers. Front Row: Mary Ellen Potter Rogers, Mary Magdalina "Mae" and Dora Temperance Rogers

 In 1890, Mary E. Rogers completed the homestead of George W. Rogers, deceased for the northwest quarter of 29, 3 S 42W, Yuma County.

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Children of George Washington Rogers and Mary Ellen Potter. Back Row from left Martha Elizabeth, Mary Magdelina, and Dora Temperance. Front Row Joseph Elijah Rogers and Mary Ellen Potter Rogers.

In 1880 Nodaway County, Missouri, Stella McKown is five months old, with J.B. 37 and Levica 27.

 One tree said Mary Potter- sister of Temperance and Isaac Newton Potter, died in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1906, and is buried in Stella.

The tree said George Washington Rogers was born about 1852 in Jasonville, Greene County, Indiana, and died July 2, 1887 in Yuma County.

Mary, daughter of Thomas Potter and Temperance West. was born Jun 22, 1858 in Greene County, Indiana.  She was the wife of G. W. Rogers who died in Yuma County Colorado. Her second husband was Fred W. Swihart. The stone for Temperance and Mary was purchased by Isaac Newton Potter, son and brother of Temperance and Mary. He left money in his will to take care of their graves  Mary died in Lincoln, Nebraska March 26, 1906 and is buried in Stella, Richardson County, Nebraska.

January 10, 1908 "News was received last Saturday from Lincoln, Nebraska, that Mrs. Potter is still living although very weak."'

September 1908 "Mr. Ray Shiers who has been visiting his uncle, I.N. Potter of this place for several weeks returned to his home in Lincoln, Nebraska."

December 1908 "Mrs. J.D. Sparks returned Thursday from Holdrege, Nebraska, where she has been visiting her daughter, Miss Ruth, and her sister, Mrs. Potter."

In 1910 Rockland precinct Joseph E. 30, Indiana and Estella M. 30, Missouri, have Joseph E. 8, Nebraska, Helene 3, Nebraska, and Carol 1, Colorado.  Brother-in-law Fred McKown, 23, Missouri, is also with them.

May 1910 Armel "I.N. Potter is now the U.S. mail carrier for the route to Armel."

  Joseph cash-claimed a quarter in 20, 7N 48W in 1911.

  Joseph and Estella Rogers  - Thanks Bev

Married in Council Bluffs, Iowa about 1901

One tree said Gale M. Rogers was born May 29, 1911 in Haxtun.

June 1912 "I.N. Potter went to Lincoln, Nebr., Monday of last week on account of the serious illness of his niece, Mrs. Dora Watkins and word was received here Saturday that she was not any better with very little hopes of her recovery."

November 1912 Armel "J.E. Rodgers of Haxtun, Colo., visited with his uncle I.N. Potter last Sunday."

Joseph Rogers inherited a quarter of ground from his uncle Isaac Newton Potter in 1917 when Isaac Potter died. This is a picture of the Isaac Potter homestead taken shortly after Joseph Rogers moved there.

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Isaac cash-claimed two quarters in 1891, and proved up another in 1900, all three in section 21, 3S 42W - that would be in the far southeast corner of Yuma County.

1913 "I.N. Potter has bought the Kennedy farm east of Armel and will continue to farm and batch in the same old way."

Joseph Elijah Rogers registered in Yuma County, with an Armel address, born Nov 11, 1879, and they're in Lansing precinct, Yuma County, in 1920, with Joseph W. 18, Helen A. 13, Carol M. 11, Gale M. 9, Lois E. 5, and George N. 2.

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Back Row: Carol, Helen, Estella, Joseph, Joseph Jr.

Front Row: Louis, George, and Gale

December 14, 1916

  December 21, 1916



In 1917 the probate of Isaac N. Potter, deceased, listed heirs as Irvin E. Potter (nephew of Chicago, Illinois) I.E. Potter owned a quarter in the Armel area in 1922), Mrs. Mae Merrell, James M. Potter, Mrs. Maggie Colenbaugh, Mrs. Ethel Doan, Frank Hays, William Hays, Russell T. Potter, Mrs. Maud McDermont, Mrs. Viola Swango, Ray E. Shire, Wilson M. Watkins, Stephen N. Watkins, Clarence P. Swihart, Florence Withee, Mary Withee and Lizzie Withee.  Nephew J.E. Rogers was to receive section 21 of 3S 42W - that's the 640 acres that J.E, owned in 1922.  Niece Mae Merrell, wife of W.J. Merrell of Havre, Montana was to receive the east half of 20, 3N 42W - 320 acres.  Brother James Madison Potter of Worthington Indiana to receive $150.  Niece Ethel Doan wife of Henry Doan of Worthington Indiana to receive $500.  Niece Maggie Colenbaugh, wife of James Colenbaugh of Worthington Indiana was to receive $250.  The will was prepared by attorneys Maddux and Thomson of Los Angeles.


  Probably about 1925-1930 ? 

Joseph E. Rogers, with a tractor-drawn header

In 1900 Greene County, James M. Potter born 1851 and Mattie August 1858 have Alma, 1885, Alvin . April 1887, Thomas B. 1890, Josephine 1895, and Willard 1897 - all kids born in Indiana.

On the same page is Jane, March 1859, widowed, with Irvin May 1882, Maude April 1886, Viola June 1888, and Russell Jan 1891, all born in Indiana.

Irvin Enos Potter of Armel was among those registering September 1916 in Yuma County.  He was married to Elizabeth.

In 1920 - the household following Joseph Rogers, Ervin E. is 38, Elizabeth 37, Ohio, with Louise 12 Indiana and Howard 3 Illinois.

Irvin Enos Potter, born May 15, 1882 in Greene County, died Nov 1, 1952

   Irvin Enos potter, 70 years old, a retired real estate broker, died at 7:00 o'clock Saturday night at his home in the Vicksburg Community.  He had been ill for the past two years.
   Mr. Potter had been engaged in the real estate business at Chicago, Ill for 45 years, moving to the Vicksburg community two and one-half years ago. 
   He was born in Worthington on May 15, 1882, the son of Thompson and Jenny Carpenter Potter.
   He was a member of the St. Peter's Catholic church.
   Mr. Potter's first wife, Elizabeth M. Potter, died six years ago.  In August, 1941, he was married to Lucille Veronica, who survives.  Also surviving are one son, Howard E. Potter, of Brazil; two sisters, Mrs. Morton Swango of Jansonville rural route and Mrs. Maude McKermont of Brazil, and one grand-daughter, Sue Ann Potter of Brazil.  Two daughters preceded him in death.
   The body was taken to the Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel. 
   Funeral services will be held at 9:30 o'clock Tuesday morning at the St. Joan of Arc Catholic church at Jasonville with Father Francis Allega officiating and burial will be made in the Worthington Cemetery. 

In 1930 Armel Joseph and Estella have Carol, Gale, Lois, George, and have added Shirley, 7.  Stella's mother Levisa , McKown, 77, is with them.

J.E. and Stella are in Armel precinct in 1940, with George and Shirley.

Estella - born Jan 5, 1880, died March 23, 1941, buried in Crown Hill, Wheat Ridge.

Joseph died July 15, 1967, last residence Lakewood, Colorado.  He is buried in Crown Hill, Wheat Ridge

August 1, 1967


Fred H. McKown is in Latah County, Idaho in 1920, married to Velma 26, and they have Roy, 6, born in Washington.  Mother Levisa McKown, 67, is also with them.


In 1939 Lincoln, Nebraska, Levisa McKown (widow of John) is living with  CLarence G. Finney.

Levisa died June 19, 1946, per FindAGrave  22006292, in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is buried in Oak Hill, Nodawway County, Missouri.


George N. "Rog" Rogers Sr. 92, of Littleton, CO, passed away Dec. 15, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Alyce; 7 children: David (Deanne) Rogers, Newton Rogers, Trish (Don) Hartmann, Delton Rogers, Trina (Scott) Rogers, Jackie (Ron) DeLage, & Mike (Mona) Rogers; beloved sister: Shirley Cornish; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 1 PM on Saturday, Dec. 19th at Littleton Cemetery


Gale M. Rogers was the 5th child of Joseph E. Rogers and Estella M. McKown. He was born west of Haxtun, Colorado, in Logan County, May 29th, 1911. In 1917 at the age of six he moved to the Armel Colorado Community with his parents. He worked on the farm as a boy and attended West Gurney School. He refused to go to high school, even though his father thought he should. He had only one desire, and that was to farm.
On November 14, 1931 at Goodland, Kansas he married Eva M. Vandike. Gale and Eva farmed on several farms in the Armel area. In 1941 he bought the home place from his father who retired and moved to Lakewood, Colorado.
Gale Rogers was a man before his time. His vision of farming was 30 years before his time. While other farmers were just out of the horse age, Gale Rogers was building his own large machinery, in his own shop and farming on a large scale. He built the first air conditioned cab and installed it on his Caterpillar tractor.
Gale Rogers had a dream and that was to fly. In 1841 he achieved that dream and became a pilot and owner of several planes. He went on to use his planes in his farming operation. He helped organize and became the first president of the Colorado Flying Farmers.
During World War II, Gale Rogers again used his flying ability. He was a Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol and flew government papers during the war.
On November 29, 1946, Gale Rogers lost his life in an airplane crash at his home at Armel, Colorado. 

What Isaac Newton Potter Has Accomplished in Yuma County.

In Eighteen Years He Accumulated One of the Finest Ranches in Eastern Colorado.

A Great Opportunity to Secure a Money Making Property on Most Reasonable Terms.

     While Yuma county has hundreds of thousands of acres of land open for settlement, for men who want to locate on improved land, the fertility of which cannot be questioned, the magnificent ranch of Isaac N. Potter offers a grand opportunity to make a most profitable investment. The value of this splendid property can be determined more accurately by giving a brief sketch of its owner's career.

     Mr. Potter is a native of Indiana, where he was born in 1856. He was raised on a farm and spent his boyhood days in the Hoosier State. When nineteen years of age, however, he went to Illinois and worked on a farm for two years, when he went to Iowa, where he rented a farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He did fairly well in the Hawkeye State, but after three years he moved to Colorado and located in that part of Arapahoe county which is now a portion of Yuma county, in 1886. He entered pre-emption and homestead claims a few miles from the Kansas line, on a broad expanse of fertile prairie. At that time the gentleman's earthly possessions consisted of one team of horses, one cow and a small amount of cash, but there was no limit to the energy and industry which he possessed. He engaged in the cattle business, in connection with general farming, and from the beginning he reaped generous returns from his labor. He bought land from time to time, as the opportunity presented, and now he owns 640 acres in one block, constituting the "home farm," 160 acres one-half mile south and 160 acres more one-half mile west, or 960 acres in all. In addition to this he has 960 acres of leased land adjoining his deeded property, besides the use of many thousands of acres of open range. His 1,920 acres of deeded and leased land is under good wire fence and it would be hard to find a more attractive looking ranch area of level prairie. On his home ranch he has a comfortable residence and other necessary buildings, including a frame shed 100 feet long for his stock. He is building a second shed 18x72 feet in dimensions.

     Mr. Potter cultivates 260 acres of his ranch and grows fine crops of wheat, corn, oats, cane and millet. Last year his crops were damaged by a hail storm, but he grew 1,700 bushels of wheat, 1,500 bushels of corn and a fine harvest of cane and millet for his stock. Although he shipped several car-loads last year, he still owns seventy-eight cattle, eight horses and fifty hogs. On his ranch are four wells of water, the motive pumping power for two of them being windmills.

     With the exception of the two years of drouth about a decade ago, Mr. Potter has obtained most generous profits from his ranch, year after year, and he is in easy financial circumstances. He has attended to his ranch interests with fidelity, he has worked with unceasing diligence, and the cheering results are a just tribute to the fertility of Yuma county soil and the favorable conditions for ranch operations in this portion of Colorado.

     For some inscrutable reason - the Lord only knows how Yuma county girls can give satisfactory explanations - Mr. Potter still remains a bachelor, his faithful mother having had charge of his domestic surroundings for, lo! these many years. But as the venerable lady is now in her seventy-eighth year and becoming feeble, her dutiful son is anxious to relieve her declining years with the sunshine of affection. For this reason, he offers his ranch for sale, as he wishes to retire from the exacting labors connected therewith. In eighteen years he has made a handsome competence on a Yuma county ranch, obviating the necessity of such strenuous exertions in future. He wants no fancy figure and will sell the ranch alone, or include the live stock, farm machinery, etc. This offers a rare opportunity for a man who wants a productive ranch in the West. Mr. Potter's address is Guerney, Kansas.