RODGERS, HENRY J., Sheriff of Morgan County, Ill., was born in Waddington, N. Y., August 17, 1862, a son of James A. and Margaret W. (Common) Rodgers, the former a native of Scotland. James A. Rodgers was brought to this country by his parents, who settled in Waverly, Ill., in 1867. He became a contractor and carpenter, and followed that occupation in Waverly until his death in 1893. His widow, who survives him, is still a resident of that place.
In youth Henry J. Rodgers received his mental training in the public schools of Waverly, and on reaching maturity became connected with a saw-mill, where he remained for three years. Then in partnership with others, he operated the first steam threshing machine in that section, and in 1886 purchased the Waverly Machine and Blacksmith Shop. This he still owns, having added to it an implement and carriage department. In 1895, with others, he established an electric-light plant of which he has been the sole owner since 1899. In the winter of 1898, he sold the implement and carriage business. In addition to holding the above mentioned interests, Mr. Rodgers is a stockholder in the First National Bank of Waverly.
On August 23, 1882, Mr. Rodgers was united in marriage with Fannie Belle Holtzclaw, of Versailles, Ill., and their union has resulted in three children, namely: Fay Louise, Henry Jay, and Edith Georgia.
In politics, Mr. Rodgers is an earnest, active and influential Democrat. He was for three years a member of the Waverly Board of Education, and from 1895 to 1899, served as Mayor of the city. In the fall of 1898 he was elected County Treasurer and Assessor and continued in this position until 1902. He was then elected Sheriff of Morgan County, and in January, 1899, removed to Jacksonville. Fraternally, Mr. Rodgers is affiliated with Waverly Lodge, A.F.&A.M., Jacksonville Encampment and Jacksonville Chapter, R.A.M. He is a charter member of the K.of P., of Waverly, and belongs to the I.O.O.F. there. He is identified also with the M.W.A. Religiously, he is connected with Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, of Jacksonville. In view of the facts stated, it will readily be inferred that Mr. Rodgers is one of the most prominent and popular citizens of Morgan County.