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Title: Elmer E. Rodgers
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It is the pride of the citizens of this country that there is no limit to which natural ability, industry and honesty of purpose may not aspire. A boy born and reared under the most adverse surroundings may nevertheless break from his fetters and rise to the highest station in the land. And the qualities do not have to be of transcendant character to enable him to accomplish this result. It is more the way he does it and his skill in grasping the opportunities presented than to any remarkable qualities possessed by him. Accordingly it is found that very often in this country the President, governor and other high public officials possess no higher ability than thousands of other citizens. They have simply taken better advantage of their circumstances than their fellows. And this truth runs through every occupation. The business man who rises above others who started on life's battle at the same time does so because he has found out how to rise above the surroundings which hold others down. Such a man of affairs is Elmer E. Rodgers, editor and publisher of The Warren Republican, at Williamsport, Warren county, Indiana. The splendid success which has come to Mr. Rodgers is directly traceable to the salient points in his character, for he started in life at the bottom of the ladder, which he has mounted unaided. With a mind capable of planning he combined a will strong enough to execute his well-formulated purposes, and his great energy, sound judgment, keen discrimination and perseverance have brought pronounced results in material and other ways.

Mr. Rodgers was born in a lumberman's hut in Berrien county, Michigan, November 15, 1866, and he came to Starke county, Indiana, with his parents in 1869, and was there reared on a farm and educated in the public schools, later attending the Valparaiso University and the Indiana State Normal. Being ambitious to obtain a high education, he studied hard and made an excellent record in the above named institutions, and thus became well equipped for his career. He was active and influential in school work in Starke county for a period of twenty-five years, ranking as one of the leading and most successful educatiors there, and during that time did much toward the betterment of the school system. He was elected county superintendent of the Starke county schools twice, filling that important position in a manner that reflected much credit upon himself and to the satisfaction of pupils and patrons.

Having long made a special study of agricultural and horticultural subjects, and taking a leading part in the work of encouraging modern methods in the same, Mr. Rodgers was for a period of seven years secretary of the Starke County Farmers' Institute, in which he did a splendid work and aroused general interest in the themes which the association sought to inculcate. He has been, for a number of years, on the editorial staff of several farm journals, having been twenty-two years with The Orange Judd Farmer. His articles are not only authoritative, progressive in their general theme, but are so entertainingly written, his style being so superior to that of the average writer for this class of journals, that whatever he offers his now vast and appreciative audience is eagerly read and his advice accepted without question. Mr. Rogers has become well known throughout the state through his laudable work in organizing boys' and girls' clubs.

Finally deciding that a larger field of usefulness and financial success awaited him in the newspaper world, he abandoned teaching, and on June 1, 1912, purchased The Warren Republican, of the John Gregory estate, and this he has continued to publish with pronounced success, the first six months seeing the paper's advertising almost doubled and nearly three hundred new subscribers added to its subscription lists, and the paper is rapidly becoming more important as a molder of public opinion in this section of the state. Its mechanical appearance has been greatly improved, its columns teem with the latest and most important news, and its editorials carry weight in advocating whatever is best for local improvement in any way. Mr. Rodgers has made improvements in the plant, which is now modernly equipped in every respect. He has added a new double-feed Babcock Dispatch press, a new Universal Gally job, fourteen by twenty-two, press, also folder, and several hundred dollars' worth of up-to-date type and other modern fixtures. The job department would be a credit to cities much larger than Williamsport, and prompt and high grade work is the aim of Mr. Rodgers. The Warren Republican was established in 1844 and it has long been familiar in every household in this locality. It is now read by more than six thousand readers each week, and it covers a circulation field of much wealth in Warren, Fountain, Benton, Tippecanoe, Vermilion and Montgomery counties, Indiana, and Vermilion and Iroquois counties, Illinois. It has been housed in a substantial, handsome brick building since 1894.

Personally, Mr. Rodgers is a man of genial and obliging nature, never failing in his courtesy, and, being versatile and widely read, he is a pleasant man to meet, and enjoys a very wide acquaintance and friendship.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00000960
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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