William Penn Adair Rogers (1879 - 1935) MP

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Birthplace: Dog Iron Ranch, Oologah, Cooweescowee District, Indian Territory (within present Oklahoma), United States
Death: Died in Point Barrow, Alaska Territory, United States
Occupation: Humorist, Movie Star, Author
Managed by: stanley w. duke, jr.
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About William Penn Adair Rogers

One of America's brightest media stars during the 1920s and '30s, Will Rogers did rope tricks while making pointed -- and humorous -- political observations. He signed on with the Ziegfield Follies in 1915 and soon became a popular and well-paid stage performer. By 1918 he was starring in and producing movies in Hollywood. By the end of the '20s Rogers was a movie star, radio star and successful newspaper columnist. He had a way of making insightful and witty remarks on complicated issues, in simple terms and without rancor, a style audiences adored. Rogers is still famous for saying "I only know what I read in the newspaper" and "I never met a man I didn't like." He was killed in 1935 with pilot Wiley Post when their plane crashed in Alaska.

In the Tony Award-winning musical The Will Rogers Follies, Rogers was portrayed by Keith Carradine... In the 1952 movie The Story of Will Rogers, Rogers was portrayed by his son, Will Rogers, Jr.... Between 1970 and 2000 Rogers was portrayed on stage by James Whitmore in the one-man show Will Rogers' U.S.A.

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From the English Wikipedia page on Will Rogers:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Rogers

Will Rogers

Born November 4, 1879(1879-11-04)

Oologah, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)

Died August 15, 1935 (aged 55)

Point Barrow, Alaska Territory

Occupation actor, comic, columnist, radio personality

Political party Democratic

Spouse(s) Betty (1879–1944)

Children William Vann "Bill"

Mary Amelia

James Blake

Fred Stone

William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was a Cherokee-American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor. He was the father of U.S. Congressman and WWII Veteran Will Rogers, Jr.

Known as Oklahoma's favorite son,[1] Rogers was born to a prominent Indian Territory family and learned to ride horses and use a lariat so well that he was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for throwing three ropes at once—one around the neck of a horse, another around the horse's rider, and a third around all four legs of the horse[citation needed]. He ultimately traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 "talkies"),[2] wrote more than 4,000 nationally-syndicated newspaper columns,[3] and became a world-famous figure.

By the mid-1930s, Rogers was adored by the American people, and was the top-paid movie star in Hollywood at the time. Rogers died in 1935 while on an around-the-world trip with aviator Wiley Post, when their small airplane crashed near Barrow, Alaska Territory.

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Masonic history: Will Rogers petitioned Claremont Lodge No. 53 on January 21, 1905 and received his degrees February 18, 1905, March 10 and 13, 1906. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and the Akdar Shrine Temple in Tulsa, Oklahoma. --------------------

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Will Rogers (Famous Humorist)'s Timeline

1879
November 4, 1879
Oologah, Cooweescowee District, Indian Territory (within present Oklahoma), United States
1903
February 15, 1903
Age 23
Oologah, Indian Territory (Present Oklahoma), USA

From The Papers of Will Rogers: The Early Years, November 1879-April 1904:
http://books.google.com/books?id=l_y-exxOwhoC&pg=PA396&lpg=...

This was a description of Kate's relationship with Will Rogers:

Kate Ellis and her sister Lillie (Lil) were close friends of Will Rogers. They lived in Oolagah, where their father, Jake Ellis (sic), operated the Oolagah Hotel. Rogers was a regular visitor at their home. Although she was a go-between who formally introduced Rogers to the young Betty Blake at a party at the Ellis household in 1899 (age 20), Kate Ellis and Will Rogers had been courting at the time, and in 1903 (age 24), she was still widely assumed to be Will's "girl".

This was a letter she sent to him while he was in South Africa, telling news of their mutual friends:

Sunday, February fifteenth 1903, Oolagah, Indian Territory

My dear Will -

Just about this time one year ago since you left home and friends to see the world, and as you say, I guess the world doesn't look half as big to you as to some people.

Your letter written November 28 and January 4 reached me only yesterday - February 14, Valentine's Day - quite a nice valentine, wasn't it?

It found me still living in Oologah and signing myself Kate Ellis - spinster - tho' many times I've vowed I'd not live longer in single blessedness - but soon get over it when I look at some married people.

We are not living at the hotel now - papa bought a right snug little nest here - I am teaching public school - Lillie is still Lillie and helps me about 3 hours a day.

There have been more changes than I can possibly mention, but will state often facts which will help you to while away the time, something to think of those long days when you have nothing to do.

Will begin with Oologah - Bill Smith, first master, married Annie Vineyard and they are now happy as can be - Mrs. Clark, his sister, married Jim Lowery - lives near Claremore and all kinds of other people here indulged in the matrimonial lottery - but don't know whether you know this or not. You must have had something in your eyes when you left home - if you really meant what you "observed" about my taking unto myself a husband in the form of The Right Honorable Casper - you were joking, of course. If you hadn't been, you never would have written to me.

Yes Spi is doing fine so your father says - he's assistant bookkeeper for some Mercantile Company in Okmulgee. It was reported that he was to be married but guess Spi is like his cousin Willie in that respect, and Dick - I know nothing of him the dear boy - only that he is still in his uncle's drug store at Tahlequah - Tom clerks in some store there too. Tahlequah is flourishing. Now has a railroad, and people say it is getting to be quite a little city - Perhaps I shall attend the Normal there this summer.

Sos McClellan is not married either - there are some new girls in Claremore since you left the Misses Baker - I think Sol and Clem, in fact all of Claremore's swells go down on their knees to them. Guess you would, too, if you were here - if I'd let you -??? I know you're wishing I'd tell you about Ada - or do you hear from her sometimes - she is teaching in Talala. I never see her - or haven't for a long time, but she was as beautiful and charming as ever when I did see her.

Old uncle Cleveland doesn't live on your place anymore - I think Johnny Lipe has your horses - Mr. Stine said they were looking as slick as a button the other day.

Mr. and Mrs. Stine live across the street from us - and they have the dearest little baby girl - just three days old - Jake says it looks like a baboon, but he loves it all the same.

Will - I haven't said yet how glad I was to get your letter, nor can I - hard luck, good luck, no beans, beans or anything couldn't make you anything but Will. Parts of your letter was so extremely ridiculous that I alarmed the family with my spasmodic laughing - it reminded me of a letter you wrote me once from Hot Springs - at first I tho't probably you had turned Quaker - from your thees and thines - suppose you had just an unusually good feast of some sort and were full of a spirit of devotion.

Tell Texas Jack Hello for me, and to make you be good - I hope he'll fire you before he goes much further.

Should you be so changed I wouldn't know you when you present yourself for your handout, in some manner let me know - who thou art - and you'll get two hands out.
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Ben M. Angel notes: The reference to Quakers was particularly humorous given that the Ellises apparently came from a family of Welsh Quakers. It's hard to tell if Kate knew this from her letter.

1908
November 25, 1908
Age 29
Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas, United States
1911
October 20, 1911
Age 31
New York City, New York County, New York, United States
1913
May 18, 1913
Age 33
Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas, United States
1915
July 15, 1915
Age 35
New York City, New York County, New York, United States
1918
July 15, 1918
Age 38
New York City, New York County, New York, United States
1935
August 15, 1935
Age 55
Point Barrow, Alaska Territory, United States