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Death Claims Henry H. Rogers
Standard Oil Magnet, Victim of Apoplexy. Career of Man Who Rose from
Humble Position to Vast Wealth
In the death of H. H. Rogers on May 19th the These fortunes usually went as quickly as they business world lost an able financier, and Wall Street came; for these oil geysers, as they might be called, one of the most powerful organizers that ever entered had a great propensity to cease as suddenly as they the Stock Market.
erupted. His rise from humble position to vast wealth (esti- While fortune was thus scattering her capricious mated at $50,000.
favors with one 000 to $60,000,
hand and taking 000) was won by
them back with the ever being on the
other, Henry Rog. alert for opportun
with several ities to better his
other young men, condition, by hard
formed a league work and effort.
and worked quietly The little town of
and obscurely to Fairhaven, Mass.,
make oil the source is the proud birth
fortune that place of Mr. Rog.
should owe nothing ers, one of Ameri
to luck, but would ca's great men, who
increase from year will be mourned by
to year and gradua host of personal
ally add new fields and busine ess
of enterprise until friends.
such organizations Mr. Rogers was
should dominate the born in 1 8 4 0.
industrial world. When he was grad
The members of uated from high
this little company school he entered
were all poor, plain his father's store in
hard-working men, the village of Fair
shrewd and ready haven, clerk.
to make the very After spending his
most out of what boyhood years in
was theirs to work Fairhaven he left
with, and while the his birth place to go
envied among strangers.
gushing wells ca And day
pered about in their when all his com
glee, these modest panions had
young men quietly listed in the Civil
organized the inWar "Hank," as
dustry of transthe boys used to call
porting, refining and him, felt that there
marketing oil on a was little left in
basis from which Fairhaven to incite
every vestige of enthusiasm and he
chance was eliminjoined the caravan of fortune hunters in the oil field. ated. It was Mr. Rogers' reckonings and reason
It was in 1861 he went to Oil Creek, where, from ings that stood at the back of this organization; in then on a great share of his time was spent in a fact Henry Rogers is credited with the actual conflourishing tide of oil waves, where the fortunes of ception of the original scheme of combination. his friends and neighbors were obtained by striking These men invested, not only what little money gushing oil wells on their lands.
they had, but all their brains and energy as well,
HENRY HUDDLESWORTH ROGERS.
qualities which were worth a great deal more. had, as a child, been rescued in the south by Mr.
Mr. Rogers first proposed that all the well owners Rogers, deaf, dumb and blind, from scarlet fever, should pool their product and allow a single agency and by him educated through a period extending over to handle it. Later he suggested that a combination be a quarter of a century. formed to swing the business on its own account, buy. Mr. Rogers had just completed his great railway ing out the small producers and gathering in all the project, to the accomplishment of which the energies profits of the trade.
of his later years, his genius for organizations and a At this time there was a great competition in the considerable portion of his private fortune were deoil business. There were one hundred and twelve voted. This was the building of the Virginia railway, a petroleum companies in New York City alone, with a line which opened up a rich bituminous coal country a combined capital of $134,045,000. At Phila
At Phila- in West Virginia, extending 443 miles from Deepdelphia the capital ranged still higher; $163,715,000 water, W. Va., to a tidewater terminal at Sewall's lay in oil companies. In ten cities the aggregate Point, Va. This road was distinctly an individual known capitalization of business was $326,200,000. undertaking of Mr. Rogers and he personally bore the
It was at such times as these that Henry Rogers' greater part of the cost of its construction, which has real characteristics and ambitions popped out. He been estimated at $40,000,000. Mr. Rogers had was determined to make success of his one great effort, embarked on his venture some time prior to the finanand he stood strong and stanch to this one end. His cial panic of 1907, which checked similar underopinions were sought, and his advice was followed. takings by some of the large railroad companies of this He had the great power of looking far and deep into country, but the work of building this line went on things, and difficulties vanished in the wind when he to its finish mainly because of the energy and faith began to work.
which Mr. Rogers applied to the achievement of his In later years Mr. Rogers tried similar methods in purpose. producing a copper organization, but did not meet with His death, coming so soon after the end of this a similar success and finally placed his entire energies work and before he saw the fruit of his labor in the to his one successful enterprise.
development of the section served by his road, is reMr. Rogers was a very stern and strong minded garded by his friends and associates among New York man, decidedly persistent in all of his arguments. financiers as a regrettable ending of a brilliant career Keen, cool, and at times grimly hard to deal with in in the business and financial world. business affairs, though he was a man of many friends. Mr. Rogers was for many years one of the most
He had a great public spirit and a generous recol- prominent financiers of the country. He took a leadlection of old associations. He spent millions in the ing part in all of the enterprises undertaken by the improvement of his home town—built a five-hundred- Standard Oil group of capitalists, was vice president thousand-dollar church in memory of his wife; gave of the Standard Oil Company, and was the active the beautiful Millicent Library in the name of his spirit in the organization of the Amalgamated Copper children as a monument of their late sister, and en- Company, of which he was president up to the time of dowed it with one hundred thousand dollars.
his death. He also was interested in a number of rail. He then gave to the suburb the model town water roads, serving as a member of the Board of Directors works, which had cost more than one hundred thous of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, the Chicago, and dollars, and produced a net income of $6,000 Milwaukee & St. Paul and the Union Pacific. a year. He also built a costly school house.
At the time of his death he was 69 years old, with Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) was one of his whitened hair and a military moustache that added closest personal friends, and at a banquet in Norfolk, reverence rather than age to his expressive face, which Va., Mr. Clemens brought out many of the previously always radiated with hope and animation that beamed untold philanthropies of Mr. Rogers, notably his bene- forth from his alert keen eyes_eyes that never seemed factions to Helen Keller, whom Mr. Clemens said to get weary.
Yes, He Had the Blues “What's the matter, old man?" he said as they “I remember it." met the next morning after. "You look blue. ”
"You said that if you stayed out until 4 o'clock "I feel blue."
there was no one to look at you reproachfully, and “But last night you were the jolliest member of
sigh, and make you feel mean.” our party." "I felt jolly."
“Yes, and I stayed out until 4 o'clock, didn't I?" "You acted like a boy just out of school."
"You certainly did.” “I felt like one."
"And I gave a war-whoop on the front door step." “You said that your wife had gone away for the
“Yes, and you sang a verse from a comic opera first time in three years, and there wasn't anyone to song, and tried to dance a clog." say a word if you went home and kicked over the "Yes, and my wife missed that train. Now, please mantel clock."
go away and let me alone.”
Spendthrifts of Time
By George. S. Annibil A man who wastes his money is called to account the lightnings. His spare-time experiments were the for his wastefulness. The one who squanders his beginning of modern electrical achievement. In the time is, if he happens to be rich, congratulated be- light of a pine knot fire Lincoln scribbled sums on the cause he can afford to be idle. If he is poor he is
back of a wood shovel, and lying on the floor before dubbed a vagabond and regarded with contempt.
the fire, studied such books as he was able to get. The trouble is that the majority of men do not realize
He was ready for his work when it came because he
had known the worth of minutes and hours that might the responsibility of every man to use his time and
easily have been wasted. not waste it, whether he works because he must or
Over a hundred years ago, William Carey, a regives his life freely in service to his fellows.
ligious enthusiast, worked in his cobbler shop in Time is money in the truest sense, but it takes
London. He became convinced that his faith should intelligent effort to mint it into current coin. Time is be carried into countries where it was not then known. likewise opportunity. It is not true that every man He studied the map of the world and traced a map has but one great chance. Each day brings hours of it on the walls of his shop, marking the boundary laden with opportunities for each man, if he will lines with cobblers' tacks. All this he did between open his eyes to see. The young man is prodigal of tasks for his customers. He believed himself comhis time because he thinks he has so much to spare; missioned to carry the truth to China, but was finally he looks ahead across the years and the supply seems sent to India. Through him that country was made unlimited. In middle life he begins to understand known to Englishmen and a great English trade was that he is drawing on an account that will some day built up there by English merchants. be entirely depleted, and grows more cautious. As ernmental control of India by England followed. . an aged man, he hoards his time as a miser hoards All this because an unlettered cobbler became poshis gold, he sees the end of the way now, and sessed of an idea and used his time to good purpose. realizes, if never before, the value of that time he The secret is just there-get in earnest about some once thought so little about.
one thing, then time will be a necessity and every There is a tragic sadness in the attempts of cer- minute will be utilized. To the extent that a man tain idle ones to “kill time.” This they cannot do. is intensely enthusiastic in regard to the thing he wants It will sweep on, carrying them with it, and instead to do, will he bring together the fragments of each of killing time they have destroyed their own chance day's time and make of them a ladder upon which to be of some use in the world.
to reach a greater, larger life. Nearly all men have at some period in their lives The man of real achievement is never satisfied. He wantonly thrown time away, because they failed to sees in each tomorrow a chance to do something belperceive the golden content of the hours. It is as if ter than he is able to do it today and plans the use a child stood at the seashore throwing diamonds into of his time most carefully. He has no time to throw the flood, just to see them, sparkle in the sun.
away. If he gives a certain amount of the day to Spare moments wisely used have made many men exercise or recreation, he gives it that he may be capable of doing things that have moved the world. that much better fitted for that day's work. Young Watts, watching the bubbling teakettle, saw Every one must build for himself the structure the cover move up and down in apparent agitation. men call a life, and time is the material out of which He began to think and then to experiment; the power it is to be made. Why be careless then about how of steam was discovered—because one boy turned we use it? It is the one kind of wealth that cannot idle time to account. Franklin made a hobby of be laid away for tomorrow's needs; it must be used scientific research and thought it possible to harness a day at a time and never comes back.
When to Stop Advertising Will a merchant who is wise
When the small boy hates a drum; Ever cease to advertise ?
When no politician schemes ; Yes--when the trees grow upside down;
When mince pie makes pleasant dreams; When the beggar wears a crown;
When it's fun to break a tooth;
When all lawyers tell the truth;
When cold water makes you drunk;
When you love to smell a skunk;
When the drummer has no brassWhen women secrets keep;
When these things all come to pass, When a fish forgets to swim;
Then man that's wise When Satan sings a hymn;
Will neglect to advertise.
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