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Luther Bailey Rogers

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Harrison, Maine, United States
Death: October 17, 1927 (87)
Patten, Maine, United States
Place of Burial: Patten, Maine, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Luther Rogers and Hannah Bailey
Husband of Mary Matilda Rogers and Mary E. Barker
Father of Matilda Hersey Rogers; Edwin Rogers; Dr. Lore Alford Rogers; Mary Helen Rogers; Annie Lucasta Rogers and 3 others
Brother of Sarah Louisa Rogers; Edwin Searles Rogers and Lucasta Jane Rogers

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About Luther Bailey Rogers

Was a veteran of the Civil War and a partner with John Bradbury Hersey in lumbering.

Luther Bailey Rogers was tall (over 6 feet), with dark hair and eyes and an erect posture. He was regarded as a thinker, exhibited a commanding personality, and a talent for conversation. Family oriented, the parents promoted their children's talents, accomplishments, and joys in living. Luther B. Rogers was successful in farming and business and became a community leader.

Rogers was the second of four children born to Dr. Luther and Hannah Bailey Rogers. He was just a toddler when the family relocated to the densely-forested area of Patten, in northern Maine, shortly after the town was incorporated. His father served on the committee to establish the Patten Academy and was appointed to its Board of Trustees. Young Luther Rogers received his education at the Academy. When the Patten Rifle Company was organized in the 1850s, Luther was a charter member, gaining skills that would soon be put to use. Patten was a center of the lucrative lumbering industry, and at the age of 21, Luther joined his first river drive.

His occupational path was quickly interrupted by the outbreak of the Civil War. In 1861 Luther was among the first to enlist from Patten, where support for the war was strong. He joined Maine's 8th Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company B, as 2nd lieutenant, for three years. His unit was stationed sequentially at Hampstead Plains, NY; Washington DC; Hilton Head, SC; Fort Pulaski, Dafuskie Island, Lybee Island, Jacksonville, FL; Beaufort, SC; Gloucester Point, VA, Bermuda Hundred, White House Landing, Cold Harbor, VA; and Petersburg, VA. His roles expanded to include ordnance officer and ambulance driver. He was responsible for compiling clothing allowance reports, camp equipage reports, company returns, ordnance reports, and rolls. Tragically, his brother, Lieutenant Edwin Rogers was killed at Cold Harbor on June 7, 1864, where Luther also fought. At the siege of Petersburg, on June 18th Luther received 2 gunshot wounds. One was to his leg and the other through his shoulder. After treatment and furlough he was mustered out October 21st, 1864.

Luther married Mary Matilda Hersey on Feb 14, 1865 and greeted his baby daughter, Matilda, one year later. 15 days later his wife was dead, presumably due to childbirth complications. Three years later Luther married Mary Elizabeth Barker, a woman 13 years his junior. Seven children were born to the couple: four boys and three girls. In the 1880s, for seasonal use, Luther Rogers purchased lakeside property north of Katahdin at Shin Pond. Their children loved the tents, campfires, and woods life—as would later generations.

Logging was begun in the winter, when teams of horses dragged the logs out, and continued in the spring when the now-flowing rivers were used to transport them to lumber mills. Rogers used his business acumen to enter partnerships for lumbering, as Rogers & Hersey operating on the Sebois and Sourdnahunk streams and as Ayer & Rogers on the Wassataquoik. Near the latter location he built Lunksoos Camp on the banks of the East Branch of the Penobscot River, near what is now Baxter State Park.

In later years Luther Rogers was well known in his community and affectionately called “Col. L. B.” He was active in the Edwin S. Rogers Post of the Grand Army of the Republic. He attended regimental reunions and in 1879 was elected state President of the 8th Regiment organization. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Patten Academy and was chosen to moderate town meetings. Rogers belonged to the Congregational Church and to the local chapter of The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry. At the age of 85 he made a pilgrimage to Virginia to visit his brother's Civil War grave. He died two years later.

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Luther Bailey Rogers's Timeline

April 23, 1840
Harrison, Maine, United States
February 25, 1866
Age 25
Patten, Penobscot, Maine, United States
Age 29
February 7, 1875
Age 34
Patten, Penobscot, Maine, United States
July 16, 1877
Age 37
Patten, Maine, United States
November 26, 1879
Age 39
Patten, Me, United States
April 7, 1883
Age 42
Patten, Maine, United States
January 13, 1887
Age 46
Patten, Maine, United States