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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.


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Mrs. Effie Hoffman Rogers

Mrs. Effie Louise Hoffman Rogers, editor, journalist, and teacher, was born in Jackson, Ohio, May 13, 1853.  She is the daughter of David Allen Hoffman, who for sixty-one years was a physician engaged in active practice.  He was the son of Daniel Hoffman, who was a member of the Ohio state senate for a number of years, and whose wife was Julia James, born on James Island, above Parkersburg, Va., in 1800.  Dr. Hoffman was educated at the Ohio University, and received his medical degree at the Western Reserve College, Cleveland, from which he graduated with honors in 1847.  He died Jany. 12, 1908.  He was married to Emily Smith at Logan, Ohio, Nov. 16, 1848.  She was educated at the Female Seminary at Putman, Ohio.  She is the daughter of John Adams Smith and Mary Emluch, whose father served in the Revolutionary War.  Dr. and Mrs. Hoffman came to Oskaloosa in 1861.  This family consisted of four children, three sons and one daughter, Effie Louise.  She was educated in the Female Seminary at Mt. Pleasant, graduating in 1872 with the degree Bachelor of Philosophy.  On April 2, 1880, she was married at Oskaloosa to John Franklin Rogers, who was born in Thibodeaux, Louisiana.  His father was James Arthur Rogers, born in Baltimore, Md., a descendant of one of the old families of that state.  His mother, Sarah Ball Gillis, was born in Philadelphia of an old and prominent family of that city.  He was a man of unusual business ability and of fine literary and artistic taste.  He died Aug. 9, 1883.  They have two children, Emily Jozelle and Franklin Ripley, who was born after his father's death, and who died Nov. 25, 1883.  The daughter, Emily, was born at Great Bend, Kan.  She received her education in the public schools, at Pennsylvania College and at the Girls' Latin School, Boston.  Her professional as a nurse was received at St. Luke's Hospital, Davenport.  She is a physician's assistant, living at La Junta, Colo.  She stands very high in her profession and is a fine woman.  Mrs. Rogers is a member of the Episcopal church and interested in all lines of church work.  She is a member of the P. E. O. sisterhood, being one of the earliest initiates, belonging when she was a young woman in the seminary at Mt. Pleasant.  She was the third woman to be elected to the supreme presidency, serving three terms.  She was the first editor of the P. E. O. Record, which was established in 1888.  She was authorized to name the magazine, which she did.  She resigned the editorship in 1890.  At the supreme convention held in Hutchison, Kan., in 1913, she was again elected to the editorship of the Record, upon the resignation of Miss Osmond.  She is a member of the School Board, has served as county superintendent of schools and was a very successful high school principal.  She has done much literary work;  has had eight years journalistic experience as newspaper reporter and magazine writer.  She has been manuscript reader for the Boston school book publishing house, manager of a teachers' agency, manager of a collection and insurance agency, a representative of the Prang fine art house in New England.  She has written many verses and poems which have been published and are of a very high order in a literary sense.  She is a woman of marked ability and self reliance, one who can meet the world and win in whatever she undertakes.



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