Chisolm T. Rogers. M. D.
The noble and historic Old Dominion has not failed to give to the new
and vigorous commonwealth of Oklahoma a due quota of loyal and
progressive citizens, and prominent among the number stands Doctor
Rogers, who came to Indian Territory in June, 1905, and who has been
engaged in the active and specially successful practice of his
profession in the City of Muskogee, which has been his place of
residence during nearly the entire period of his residence in what is
now the State of Oklahoma.
At the ancestral
home of his mother in the Village of Alphin, Rockbridge County,
Virginia, Dr. Chisolm Tucker Rogers was born on the 21st of December,
1876, and in both the agnatic and distaff lines he is a scion of
honored Colonial families of Virginia, of which fact he may well be
proud, for the Old Dominion was the gracious cradle of much of our
national history and the tender mother of worthy sons and daughters
who have been influential in connection with the development and
upbuilding of many of the newer commonwealths of the United States.
Doctor Rogers is a son of Dr. William Hunter Rogers, who was for many
years one of the distinguished physicians and surgeons of Rockbridge
County in his native state, and who was a prominent and influential
citizen of Lexington, the judicial center of that county. He was a
son of Dr. William Peter Rogers, who likewise was a native of
Rockbridge County, Virginia. The maiden name of his wife was Rachael
Hayes, who came to Virginia from Vermont to take the place of
principal of the aristocratic and exclusive preparatory school for
Washington College, located at Lexington. Miss Hayes was known all
over Virginia as a woman of great learning and culture.
great-grandfather of him whose name introduces this review was John
Rogers, a scion of stanch Scotch-English stock, and a man who
attained to marked prominence in Virginia in the Colonial days. He
was a skilled surveyor and had to do with the making of many
important surveys in Virginia in the early period of its history,
besides which it is especially pleasing to record that Mount Rogers,
the highest mountain peak in Virginia, was named in his honor. John
Rogers’ wife was Mary Byrd, sister of Evalyn Byrd, of historic fame,
and daughter of Col. William Byrd, of Westover. The two General
Clarks, familiar to American historians, were descended from this
family, George Rogers Clark being one of them.
The Rogers family is
distinctively one of education and patrician culture and the various
generations that have came on to
life’s activities have in turn given new prestige to the family name.
The mother of Doctor
Rogers bore the maiden name of Mary Alphin, and she was born at the
ancestral homestead which gave name to the Village of Alphin, in
Rockbridge County, Virginia, the Alphin family likewise having been
one of much prominence in the Old Dominion. The father of Mrs. Rogers
was one of five brothers who immigrated from England and all of whom
became specially successful in connection with industrial and
business affairs in the historic Old Dominion.
Dr. Chisolm T.
Rogers was reared to adult age at the Rogers family home of “
Mannion” near the fine old City of Lexington, Virginia, and after
due preliminary discipline he was matriculated in the historic
William and Mary College at Williamsburg, Virginia, at which college
he spent two years, leaving there for Western North Carolina for
climate reasons. He entered Rutherford College in the fall of 1896,
graduating from there in the spring of 1897 with the degree of
Bachelor of Arts. After several years of business life, Doctor Rogers
entered the medical department of the University of the South at
Sewanee, Tennessee, at which university he completed his three years’
course, taking the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1904. In 1905, on
account of the cold and severe winters in Lexington, Virginia, Doctor
Rogers came to Indian Territory and established his residence at
Muskogee, where he has since been continuously engaged, save for a
comparatively brief period of residence in a small railroad town near
Doctor Rogers is one
of those ambitious and progressive physicians and surgeons who hold
that professionally it is not enough for a man to remain in statu
quo, but that consistency and cumulative demand that close touch be
kept with the march of advancement in medical and surgical science.
Thus he has not only been a constant and appreciative student of the
best literature pertaining to his profession, but has also done
effective post-graduate work not only in metropolitan cities of the
United States, but also in leading medical institutions of Europe. In
the City of Berlin, Germany, he devoted special study to diseases of
the chest, including tuberculosis, and he is now confining his
practice largely to this special field of work, in which he is one of
the foremost authorities in Oklahoma.
Doctor Rogers is a
fellow of the American Medical Association and a member of the
Anglo-American Medical Association, of Berlin, Germany. He has been
very prominently connected with Greek letter fraternities and has
been instrumental in putting in many chapters of his fraternities,
among which the Alpha Kappa Kappa is prominent.
In politics the
doctor has clung tenaciously to the ancestral faith and is a stalwart
advocate of the principles of the democratic party and has held many
offices in the party organization, and at this writing is chairman of
his city central committee. He is also superintendent of public
health for the City of Muskogee and is medical director for a private
sanitarium for the treatment of tuberculosis and is otherwise
prominent and influential in public and general civic affairs in his
home city. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church and his wife is
a zealous member of the Episcopal Church.
In the year 1902 was
solemnized the marriage of Doctor Rogers to Miss Carita Van
Ness, a daughter of Judge William and Mary Wyckliffe Waters Van Ness.
Her father served as a colonel in the Union army during the Civil war
and had the distinction of being one of the officers on General
Grant’s staff. After the close of the war he became a distinguished
lawyer and jurist in the State of Florida, where he served in
important judicial offices and as mayor and prosecuting attorney of
the City of St.
Augustine. His father, Judge William Van Ness, of sterling Holand
Dutch lineage, served as a justice of the Supreme Court of New York
and was Aaron Burr’s second in the latter’s famous and historic duel
with Alexander Hamilton. Her maternal grandfather was the Hon. Thomas
W. Waters, of Kentucky. Doctor and Mrs. Rogers have two children,
William Hunter Van Ness and Mary Katherine.