From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 404, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Herman H. Rogge, a successful farmer of section 19, township 17,
range 11, was born in Hanover, Germany, September 30, 1843. He is the
youngest son of the family, one sister of which yet lives in Germany.
The other members are four brothers now living in this country. The
father, Fred, was a native of Hanover, Germany, and there died an old
man, eighty-five years of age. He was a farmer and a butcher. His wife,
whose maiden name was Anna Strube, died after her husband, but at a
younger age. She and her husband passed their entire lives in Hanover
and were members of the Lutheran Church.
Herman was a butcher by trade, and he engaged in that business
until he came to America in the spring of 1867 from Bremen to New York
City. He went to Peoria, Illinois, and thence down the Illinois river
to Beardstown, where four brothers had preceded him, and he was the
last to leave for this country. They are all living and are prosperous
citizens. He began here as a day laborer and worked in this way for a
year, then started for himself, and in 1877 located on his present
farm. He has improved it in a wonderful degree and owns 160 acres. It
is now a fine farm.
He was married in Cass county, to Mary Schnelle, born in
Beardstown, Illinois, September 26, 1854. She has since lived in this
county and is an intelligent wife and mother. She is the daughter of
Charles and Mary (Goestereng) Schnelle, natives of Prussia, where they
were reared and married, coming to the united States in the ‘40s, and
their father, who was a carpenter died in 1862, aged forty-one years.
He is a good, prosperous German. His wife, who yet lives, resides with
her daughter, Mrs. Rogge, and she is now seventy-one years old. She has
been a member of the Lutheran Church all her life and the same was true
of her husband. Mr. Rogge is the elder of three daughters born to her
Mr. and Mrs. Rogge are the parents of seven children: John H.,
Charles G., Henry F., Louis W., Lena M., Aurelia T., and Theo H.; and
they are all at home. Mr. Rogge and his wife are Lutherans and Mr.
Rogge is a Democrat, has been School Trustee for fifteen years and Road
Commissioner for five years. He is a public spirited man and a good