Return to Main Page
Return to Biography Index
John D. Rose - This name will be at once recognized as that of the editor and proprictor of the Calhoun Herald, published at Hardin, and his many friends will be pleased to see an account of his life and labors in the Album. The life of a country editor is one which calls for an unfailing supply of tact, a keen appreciation of hte wants of the people in regard to news, and the faculty of wielding scissors and pen rapidldy and efficiently. The journals published in our smaller towns and villages are expected to furnish their readers with all the important items of the local and general information, and few consider that the facilities afforded the editor are much less than those of his city brother, with whose sheet his own must competer in interest. No one, therefore is more deserving of credit when successful, or of sympathy if unsuccessful, that an editor.
A brief glance at the ancestral history will show whence Mr.Rose derives his persevering, enterprising spirit and the mental qualities which,combined therewith are giving him success in the journalistic field. Going back a few generations we come to Frances M. Rose, a native of Virginia, and the son of a German emigrant. Francis Rose became a pioneer in Glies County, Tenn., and there his son, William W., spent his entire life. The latter married Lucinda Hickman, a native of Tennessee, who is still in Giles County, being now eighty-five years old.
In the family of the couple just mentioned is a son, Francis M., who was born in Giles County, Tenn., November 8, 1822. He received an academic education and in his early manhood began teaching, carrying on his labors in his native State until 1849, then going to Missouri and continuing his profession there. After a time he joined an exploring expedition and traveled with wagons and on horseback through the territory now embraced in Kansas, Nebraska and the Indian Territory. In July 1853, he came to Calhoun County, Ill., and began teaching in the northern part of the county. With the exception of one year, this county has been his home since that time. For a time he was engaged in dealing in staves, which in the early history of the county was extensively carried on but greater part of this time has been devoted to farming and school teaching. His family consists of six children, the subject of this sketch being the third in order of birth.
In this county, December 30, 1855, Francis Rose was married to Lavina Leeper. That lady was born in Marion County, Ind., February 15, 1839, and her parents were natives of Kentucky and Virginia, respectively. She accompanied them to St. Charles, Mo., in 1849, but a year later they took up their residence in Calhoun County, this being the State, where both died in 1852. Besides our subject the family of Mr. and Mrs. Francis M. Rose includes William T., whose home is a Summit Grove; Mary L., wife of T. N. Tharp, living in Carlin Precinct; Francis L., whose home is in Crater Precinct; Henry A., who lives in the same precinct; and Jesse L., who died when eighteen years old.
The gentleman who is the subject of this biographical sketch, was born on a farm in Crater Precinct, October 22, 1860. He was reared and educted in the county, beginning to assist his father on the farm when quite young, but devoting every spare moment to his studies. He had an ardent desire for knowledge, quickness of comprehension, and the strong will which enabled enabled hin to acquire information while others were pursuing the sports of the young. When twenty-one years old he began teaching, making that his business until 1890. He imbued his pupils with something of his own spirit and love of learning and won their good will by his heartfelf sympathy. During the perion which he devoted to pedagogy, Mr. Rose was also a representative of some of the best fire and life insurance companies in the United States. On January 25, 1890, he purchased the plant of the Calhoun Herald, and is now devoting himself with assiduity to the work of an editor. He has a job office, and is working up an excellent business in that department. He continues his insurance business, but give himself particularly to journalism.
For a few short years, Mr. Rose enjoyed a happy married life, having been wedded August 19, 1885, to Eva M. Nevius, who passed away August 4, 1889. Mrs. Rose was born at Summit Grove, this county, November 7, 1860, being a daughter of D. S. H. and Sarah Nevius. She was an intelligent, lovable woman, whose early death is mourned by many sincere friends. She left one son, Guy D. Mr. Rose belongs to Calhoun Lodge, No 444, I. O. O. F. His bearing is gentlemanly and courteous, his disposition kind, and his habits manly and upright. He is therefore well respected by those who know him and his future career will be watched with great interest.
Source: [Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, 1891, Page 252 & 255 - Transcribed by KP]