LAURA HUSON (ROGERS) THOMSON

Laura Huson (Rogers) Thomson
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B. January 1871 in Illinois
D. May 9, 1940 in Libertyville, Lake County, IL
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  • Father: Henry Rogers born April 1837 in Rochester, Monroe County, NY son of Marvin Rogers (1805-1878) and Emily (Smith) Rogers (1803-1872); General merchandiser in Volo; moved from New York to Michigan in 1852 and to Lake County, IL in 1854; Town clerk and collector of Volo; Postmaster of Forksville (Volo) from 1865 to 1867; Henry died December 1913 in Lake County, IL; buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Waukegan, Lake County, IL; According to the Lake County Independent/Waukegan Weekly Sun (Libertyville IL) Friday, October 31, 1913, page 1:

“PIONEER LAKE CO. MERCHANT PASSED AWAY – Well Known Retired Merchant of City and County, Victim of Heart Trouble. – HAD REACHED 76TH YEAR. – Was a Pioneer Merchant in Volo and Later Moved to Waukegan.
   Henry Rogers, a pioneer country merchant of Lake county, died about midnight Sunday a. m., corner of West and Clayton street, Waukegan, heart failure being the cause.  He was not sick over twenty-five minutes, his last attack of the ailment which had bothered him off and on for years, being such that it barely gave his family time to gather at his bedside before the end came.
  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Raught have been living with their parents for some time and Mrs. Rogers at once called them after she noticed the attack coming on her husband.  Mr. Foley was called but Mr. Rogers passed away shortly after he arrived, 12:15 being given as the hour.
   Mrs. John Sutherland, another daughter, was summoned at once after the attack came on her father but she did not arrive until five minutes after the end had come.
   For two years past Mr. Rogers had not been any too well, an attack of heart trouble first coming on him about that time.  The attacks came at intervals since and, six months ago they became so severe that he had not been able to be down town since then, remaining closely at home and guarding his weakened heart.
   Accordingly, in face of the frequent attacks, he end did not come without due warning and, as Mr. Rogers was 76 years of age, it could not be expected he could withstand the attacks much longer.
   Mr. Rogers was born in Rochester, N. Y., April 11, 1837.  In 1854 he came to Volo, Lake county and opened up a general store there which he conducted with marked success for thirty-four years, moving to Waukegan in 1891 where, for eleven years he conducted a store on Washington street adjacent to Brewster’s store.  He closed out the store and since then led a retired life.
   Mr. Rogers’ married to Rhoda Ann Huson, who belonged to a well known family near Volo, took place May 22, 1856, in McHenry, and to them eight children were born, three of whom have passed away.  The surviving children are: Mrs. Charles Raught of Waukegan; Mrs. Orlie Howard of Round Lake; Mrs. John Sutherland, Waukegan; Mrs. Chat Thompson, Grayslake; Mrs. Orville St. Peter, Highland Park.
   There are twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
   Mr. Rogers never belonged to any fraternal societies and held no political offices excepting town clerk of Wauconda township for many years.  He never aspired to office but could have had anything he wished if he showed the desire, so highly regarded was he among his acquaintances when in active life.
   Sons as Pallbearers.
   Funeral from the house Tuesday at 1:30, friends and relatives invited; burial in Oakwood cemetery, Waukegan, private, Rev. Funston of the Methodist church in charge.  Music by Mrs. Thomas and Newton Finn.
   Mr. Rogers’ sons-in-law, five in number, with his only grandson, Carl Atterbury, chief police of Waukegan, acted as pallbearers.”

  • Mother: Rhoda Ann (Huson) Rogers born May 12, 1841 in Dundee, Yates County, NY daughter of Judson M. Huson (1819-1854) and Rhoda Ann (Stafford) Huson (1822-1841) (See section pertaining to Judson M. Huson buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); Rhoda died October 29, 1926 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL; buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Waukegan, Lake County, IL
  • Husband: Chauncy Lusk Thomson born May 30, 1868 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL son of William Thomson (1842-1909) and Alice E. (Lusk) Thomson (1846-1918); married Laura Huson Rogers on November 25, 1890 in Lake County, IL; Chauncy died February 16, 1940 in Libertyville, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Chauncy Lusk Thomson buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children:
    1. Forrest C. Thomson born August 27, 1895 in Illinois; veteran Private 1st Class, Company B, 108 Engineers, 33rd Division (1917-1919); married Ruth D. (1901-1977); Forrest died August 19, 1948; Forrest and Ruth are buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Libertyville, Lake County, IL
    2. George Harold Thomson born August 24, 1902 in Illinois; married (1) Harriet Elma Loftus (1912-1969) daughter of John H. Loftus (1861-1945) and Nettie Hanna (Nordmeyer) Loftus (1885-1964); married (2) Eunice H. (Kuehl) Menter (1917-2000) daughter of Henry Kuehl (1881-1955) and Lena (Schneider) Kuehl (1877-1967); George died July 12, 1980 in Lake Forest, Lake County, IL; George and Harriet are buried in Ivanhoe Cemetery, Mundelein, Lake County, IL; According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Monday, July 14, 1980, page 51:

“THOMSON
George H. Thomson, July 12, 1980, at Lake Forest Hospital, elected Republican Precinct Committeeman in Libertyville and Chariman of the Libertyville Township Republican Central Committee, loving husband of Eunice; father of Duane (Louise) Menter of Prairie View; grandfather of three; uncle of Carl (Lorraine) Thomson of Ingleside.  Funeral services 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church, Libertyville.  Interment Ivanhoe Cemetery.  Visitation 3 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Burnett Funeral Home, 120 W. Park Ave., Libertyville, 362-3009.”

  • Siblings:
    • Millie C. (Rogers) Raught born September 5, 1863 in Volo, Lake County, IL; married Charles A. Raught (1858-1930) son of Albert Raught (1835-1905) and Charity Raught (1834-1919); Millie died August 14, 1946 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL; Millie and Charles are buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Lake County, IL; According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Friday, August 16, 1946, page 14:

Mrs. Millie C. Raught
   Services for Mrs. Millie C. Raught, 82, a life long resident of Lake county, will be held at 2 p. m. today at 1521 Washington st., Waukegan, with burial in Oakwood cemetery.  Mrs. Raught died Wednesday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carl Atterbery, 404 S. Sheridan rd.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rogers, pioneer settlers in Lake county.  Mrs. Raught was born in Volo and came to Waukegan in 1891.  Surviving in addition to her daughter are three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Orville St. Peter of Waukegan.”

    • Nellie Elizabeth (Rogers) Howard born August 21, 1865 in Volo, Lake County, IL; married Orlando A. Howard (1863-1935); Nellie died June 10, 1936 in Round Lake, Lake County, IL; Nellie and Orlando are buried in Grant Cemetery, Ingleside, Lake County, IL
    • Rhoda Ann (Rogers) Sutherland born July 24, 1867 in Volo, Lake County, IL; married John A. Sutherland (1861-1922); Rhoda died October 2, 1924 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL; Rhoda and John are buried in Sand Lake Cemetery, Lake Villa, Lake County, IL; According to the McHenry Plaindealer (McHenry IL) Thursday, October 9, 1924, page 7:

“Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Thompson attended the funeral of Mrs. Rhoda Sutherland at Waukegan Saturday afternoon.  Mrs. Sutherland, a former Volo girl and a sister of Mrs. Thompson, died at the Victory Memorial hospital Thursday night after a short hillness caused by uremic poisoning.”

    • Henry Wellington Rogers born about 1877 in Illinois
    • Bessie S. (Rogers) St. Peter born November 1878 in Illinois; married Orville Gilbert St. Peter (1879-1952) son of Alfred J. St. Peter (1844-1917) and Mary Ann (Mowers) St. Peter (1840-1919); Bessie died September 23, 1952; Bessie and Orville are buried in Northshore Garden of Memories, North Chicago, Lake County, IL; According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Wednesday, September 24, 1952, page 57:

Mrs. Bessie Rogers St. Peter
   Mrs. Bessie Rogers St. Peter, 73, of 217 Gillett av., Waukegan, died yesterday in Victory Memorial hospital, Waukegan.  She was the widow of Orville G. St. Peter, Waukegan civic leader and owner of a cleaning establishment, who died last May.  She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Harry Clavey and Mrs. Theodore Schmitt.  Services will be held at 2 p. m. tomorrow in the chapel at 409 N. Sheridan rd., Waukegan.  Burial will be in Northshore Garden of Memories.”

    • Francis A. Rogers
    • Judson H. Rogers

Additional Information:

According to the 1880 U.S. Census in the Hamlet of Volo, Wauconda, Lake County, IL the household members were: Henry Rogers, age 43, married, occupation: general store, born in New York, parents born in Connecticut; Rhoda A. Rogers, wife, married, born in New York, parents born in New York; Millie Rogers, age 16, daughter, single, born in Illinois; Nellie Rogers, age 15, daughter, born in Illinois; Rhoda Rogers, age 13, daughter, born in Illinois; Laura H. Rogers, age 9, daughter, born in Illinois; Henry W. Rogers, age 3, son, born in Illinois; Bessie S. Rogers, age 1, daughter, born in Illinois.

According to the 1900 U.S. Census for Avon Township, Lake County, IL the household members were: Chauncy Thomson, head, born May 1868, age 32, married 9 years, born in Illinois, parents born in Illinois; Laura Thomson, wife, born Jan 1871, age 29, married 9 years, 1 child born, 1 child living, born in Illinois, father born in New York, mother born in Illinois, Forest Thomson, son, born August 1895, age 4, single, born in Illinois; John Globis, servant, born April 1855, age 25, single, born in Germany, parents born in Germany, immigrated in 1893, 7 years in U.S., occupation: farm laborer

According to the 1910 U.S. Census for Avon Township, Lake County, IL the household members were: Chauncy L. Thomson, head, age 41, married once for 19 years, born in Illinois, parents born in Illinois, occupation: farmer – general farm; Laura H. Thomson, wife, age 38, married once for 19 years, 2 children born, 2 children living, born in Illinois, father born in New York, mother born in Illinois; Forrest C. Thomson, son, age 14, single, born in Illinois; George H. Thomson, son, age 7, single, born in Illinois

According to the 1920 U.S. Census for Avon Township, Lake County, IL the household members were: Chauncey Thomson, head, age 51, married, born in Illinois, parents born in Illinois; occupation: farmer – dairy farm; Laura H. Thomson, wife, age 49, married, born in Illinois, parents born in New York; Forest Thomson, son, age 24 single, born in Illinois, occupation: farm laborer – dairy farm; George H. Thomson, son, age 17, single, born in Illinois

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Libertyville Village, Libertyville Township, Lake county, IL living at 160 West Lincoln Ave, the household members were: Chancy L. Thomson, head, age 61, married at age 22, born in Illinois, parents born in Illinois; Laura H. Thomson, wife, age 59, married at age 20, born in Illinois, parents born in New York; George H. Thomson, son, age 27, single, born in Illinois, occupation: electrician – store; Clifford Gustafson, roomer, age 23, single, born in Illinois, parents born in Sweden, occupation: official – state

According to the Independent Review (Libertyville IL) May 16, 1940:

“Mrs. Thomson, Of Old County Family, Dead
   Mrs. Chauncey Thomson, 61, whose late husband’s family, as well as her own, were beloved pioneers of Lake county, died Thursday morning, May 9, at her home, 160 w. Lincoln ave., Libertyville.  She was the former Laura Huson, daughter of Henry and Rhoda A. Rogers of Volo.
   Mr. Thomson died last February.  During their married life they lived on a farm at Fort Hill until 15 years ago when they moved to Libertyville.  One son, George, is in the laundry business here.  A grandson, Karl Thomson, is a student at Libertyville township high school.
   Another son, Forest, lives at the old homestead which has been in the family more than one hundred years.
   The Rogers family came from the east, and operated a store in Volo for forty years.
   Three sisters are dead, and two are living in Waukegan.  They are Mrs. Orville St. Peter of 210 Gillette ave. and Mrs. Charles A. Raught of 204 N. West st.
   Mrs. Thomson was buried at Fort Hill on Saturday afternoon after a service at the residence at 2 p.m.”

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