W. H. Rogers, a prominent citizen of Maysville, and probate judge of De Kalb County, was born in Clinton County, Ohio. He is the fourth of ten children born to S. W. and Anna (Rannells) Rogers, of whom but three are now living. The father was born in Clinton County, Ohio, in 1823, and is the son of Samuel Rogers, who was a native of Virginia. He engaged in farming in Ohio, and in 1869 removed to Clinton County, Mo., where he remained one year. He next came to De Kalb County, where he now resides, living on a farm in Washington Township, engaged in the nursery business. The mother was born in Pennsylvania in 1827, and is the daughter of Harvey Rannells, a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1795. He removed from his native State to Clinton County, Ohio, where he died. Both parents are members of the Christian Church. W. H. was reared on the farm, and received a good education, which was begun in the public schools and finished in Stewartsville College. After leaving school he engaged in teaching for thirteen years. He read law for a number of years, but has never applied for admission to the bar. At the November election of 1886 he was elected as a Republican to the office he now holds, which was quite an honor and compliment to one so young. The duties of the office, however, are discharged in a creditable manner. He is a member of Integrity Lodge, No. 204, I. O. O. F., and of Hesperion Encampment, St. Joseph, Mo. On December 29, 1886, he was united in marriage with Miss Josie Hefflefinger, who was born in Cumberland County, Penn., in 1864. She is the daughter of Philip and Margaret Hefflefinger. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers are members of the Christian Church.
Source: History of Andrew and DeKalb Counties, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1888), pp. 582-583.