Green Lawn Abbey

Rogers, Charles M.

Charles M. Rogers
Born 1854
Died 1929
--Veteran Jurist of Franklin County Bench Succumbs.--
Final tribute will be paid at 2 p.m. Thursday, in North Broadway M. E. church, to Judge Charles M. Rogers, dean of Franklin county common pleas judges, who died, Monday, at his home, 32 Amazon place, a few hours after the death of his sister-in-law.
The body will be placed in Green Lawn Abbey, following the services.
Mrs. Laura Barbee Young, Los Angeles, sister of Mrs. Rogers, died late Sunday, at the Rogers home, of complications which resulted from a fractured hip, suffered at her home. She came to Columbus three weeks ago. Her funeral services were held Tuesday at the Fisher mortuary.
--Ill Since October 30--
Judge Rogers had been ill since Oct. 30, when he was stricken in the Franklin county courtroom, just after he had finished reading a jury charge. His condition had been critical since that time.
Charles Milton Rogers was born 75 years ago on the farm which he owned at the time of his death, directly across the Scioto river from the Country club, in Norwich township. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Rogers, pioneer residents of that community.
He received his early education in the country schools and received a bachelor of arts degree from the Otterbein university at Westerville in 1877. He was given a master of arts degree from the same university in 1880. During the same year, on March 3, he was admitted to the bar as a practicing attorney, having studied that subject while studying for his master's degree in the office of Harrison, Oldsand Marsh, composed of Richard A. Harrison, Joseph Olds and Samuel Marsh, it being one of the outstanding law firms of Ohio.
He remained with that firm for many years, until he took a partnership with his brother, the late J. F. Rogers. On Nov. 4, 1886, he was married to Miss Minnie Barbee, who survives him, together with their three children, Percy Rogers, of Franklin; Mrs. Abbie Wilmer of Middletown, and Mrs. Edna Hamilton, 72 Overbrook drive. A sister, Mrs. Mary Nipper, St. Petersburg, Fla., and six grandchildren also survive.
For eight years prior to the time he became a judge of the court of common pleas of Franklin county, he was the referee in federal bankruptcy in the Columbus district. He ran for judge of the court of common pleas in November, 1906, defeating Judge E. B. Kinkeed, who later himself became a judge.
He began his career as judge Jan. 1, 1907, and was elected to four terms. Had he lived until Jan. 1, he would have served 23 years on the Franklin county bench.
His death leaves Judge E. B. Kinkeed as the oldest trial judge in Franklin county. He has served 21 years.
Judge Rogers was a member of the Westerville lodge of Masons. He was a member of the Columbus Bar association and the North Broadway M. E. church. Prior to affiliating with that church, he was a member and trustee of Indianola M. E. church many years.
He was generally recognized by his associates on the bench and the bar as one of the outstanding judges in Ohio.
The funeral is under the direction of the Edward E. Fisher Co.
Honoring Judge Rogers, who presided in the court for almost 23 years, the common please courts of Franklin county will adjourn the day of his funeral.
All of his fellow judges on the common pleas bench have expressed their deep sorrow at the death of their fellow, Monday, and their great admiration for his work on the bench.
'Judge Rogers was an ideal judge, possessing all of the qualifications necessary for one holding a judicial position' Judge Scarlett said.
'He was a close student of the law, had a splendid analytical and logical mind and was the personification of fairness. He was a man of lovable and unselfish disposition, a lover of his family and home and moral qualities, as well as a helpful associate,' said Presiding Judge Henry Scarlett.
--Lauded by Others--
Judge Robert F. Duncan--'We all considered Judge Rogers one of the best judges Franklin coun
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