Rogers, Effie Hoffman, 1855-1918
- Existence: 1855 - 1918
In 1861 at the age of six, Effie Hoffman Rogers moved with her family to Oskaloosa, Iowa. In 1871, while attending the Young Ladies Seminary in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, she joined the PEO Sisterhood, an organization to promote education among women. After graduating in 1872, Effie Hofman returned to Oskaloosa where she worked as a reporter and, later, as a city editor for the Globe Press. These were the first two of many jobs held by Rogers including: Mahaska County Superintendent of Schools, a commercial traveler for two publishing houses, and owner of a company making pickles and preserves.
Effie Hoffman was married in 1880 to John F. Rogers, a banker, but he died soon after in 1883. They had one daughter, Emily Jozelle Rogers, born in 1882 and a son born in 1883 after his father?s death.
In addition to pursuing a varity of careers and raising her children, Effie Hoffman Rogers remained very active in PEO. In the fall of 1886, she was elected Grand Supreme Chapter president of the organization. She served for three years during which time she organized twenty-three new chapters. In 1888, she also became the first editor of The Record, a PEO magazine. She served until 1891 and then again from 1914 until 1917. In 1917, Rogersmoved to La Junta, Colorado, where her daughter lived. She died there on February 7, 1918.