Daddy, Donley Harvey Rogers, was born in a house, down by the barn. All the children were born in this same house. It was a small type of house, but when the children keep coming, Minor Rogers just added another room.. he put most of the boys in a room together and the girls in another, until they got older. The fruit farm on the Rogers ranch had a lot of peaches and pears and grapefruit, plus pecan trees. Fannie canned most of all the veg. and jellys and jams and anything else that could be canned.
Minor Rogers, was a person that liked to graft one type of fruit and come see what came out of it. The same thing he did with the pecan trees.
The huge tall trees around the Rogers house, were gotten from the Atascosa river when they were saplings, Harry Rogers and Elmo dug them up and planted them about the house.

In 1938 The eldest so, Cicero Parker Pogers took a load of fruit, etc. to Houston early one morning in time for the market to open. He sold all the bushels and brought home the money to his dad. Minor decided to build a larger house on Ditto and Rogers roads. At the time, the roads were not named. The house was built from clapboard and two x fours. the inside was papered with newspaper or torn out Sears and Roebuck magazine. The house down by the barn was torn. A friend of Minor Rogers. a fellow Mason, built the house and later, by many yrs. about 10 or more, the Sandstone Rock was taken out of the field across the street and hauled to the house and Minor hired a man from Pleasanton to put the Sandstone Rock on the outside of thehouse.
Later, a back porch was added with a cement slab. It had screens on two sides. Many yrs. later, glass luvers were installed. Louis, my son, took out the glass luvers and rebuilt the back porch to enclude glass windows.
The basement had already been filled in by Louis before he joined the Army and we had a bathroom build over the area where the stairs had once been. The original house cost $2,400 to build.
The large stones at the front of the house, were taken by Donley Rogers from the old courthouse in Pleasanton and Donley and a few friends and brothers, dug the area where they wanted the stones to go and they set them in cement. .

1938, built house on Ditto Cost $2400

Fruit farm, Parker (oldest sold fruit)


Rogers House
I am not sure what a corner stone is, but there is a mason sign above the door leading out to the den, which used to be on the cement slab. It has a kind of sun with marks around it...for some reason, i never did photograph those things, but i will ask Dawn and or Debbie if they would do it for me. Also, there is a mason sign on the chimmey...and on each of the steps going up the stairs on the East side of the house and then the ones leading down..they say different things. I don't remember off hand what the say, but if I can get someone to go out there, and check it out, i will.
I am not sure if they will tear down, move or just portion off the two houses and sell them like that...won't really know anything until it is done.
Also, the two square stones at the front of the place are from the old court house in Pleasanton. Donley and his brothers dug them up and brought them out and set them into cement...i have had many people wanting them...sorry to say, the place is sold and they can only be gotten by buying them...lol
But, i did ask Debbie to ask the man that is going to develop the place if those stones could be taken and put in the museum in Pleasanton as they are a part of the history of Atascosa..
I won't know anything until she lets me know..if they sell the place, then the stones, i am sure will stay put...
Also, there is a masonic sign on the front of the house over the front door...funny, i lived there for over 35 yrs. and saw them many times, you would think I would have taken pictures of them.
I did send a picture of Minor and Fannie to the Masonic Lodge in Pleasanton witch Minor started as he did with many other Lodges. Their pictures are in the Pleasanton Masonic Lodge. Fannie was an Eastern Star. I did this after Donley died and I was packing and they had called me for their pictures...funny that Parker, i believe, was the only other mason in the family.


If i think of any thing else, i will let you know...oh, on some of the steps it says, health..and other things...each step says a different thing.
Oh, yes, the rock came out of the field across the street, it is called sandstone and Donley and some of his brothers hauled them out of that field and a mason from Pleasanton, his name is in the cement, put the rock up on the house..
The house was built in 1938 and the rock was added a few yrs. later...to build house, cost was $2,450. this is what Donley told me and I had it written down to build the house.
Parker took a load of fruit to Houston early one morning and sold all of it, giving Minor enough money to have the house built.. the original house was down close to where the barn is now...and they tore it down after the new house was built... there was not a back porch or sunscreened in porch then nor was there a den. There was a cellar that was dug under the back bedroom. They later built onto the house putting on the back porch.
When Donley and I married, my youngest son, David, almost fell down those cement stairs. I had my eldest son get dirt from across the street and fill n that huge cellar...it always was in water when it rained and it stunk something awful. I don't believe it had been used for many yrs. before I married Donley. We also killed rattlers down there. So, i wasn't in any humor to have my kids down there..lol
Love u, Jane



From: "Faye Caldwell" <fsctwc@hctc.net>
To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
Subject: rock house
Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2006 17:19:36 -0500
>Jane,
>I just remembered something that the man in the copy shop told me last
>Friday when I was making a copy of the Ditto rock house and I told him it
>had been built by my grandfather who was a Mason. He asked if it had a
>corner stone. I can't remember if it did or not but he said it probably did
>as most Masons have one when they build. I know there is a 'stone' above the
>east door that has to do with the Masons. This guy in the copy shop was a
>Mason.
>Do you know if they plan to tear down the house? If a developer is going to
>develop that may be part of the plan. Should/could the Rogers ask for the
>corner stone and 'whatever is above the east door' for Clayton or one of the
>Rogers?
>
>Also, what about the 2 red rock cubes in front of the front entrance. Do
>they have any significance? I had never thought about these things until
>now.
>Did Donley ever tell you anything about these parts of the house? Since
>Clayton grew up there he might want these things.
>
>Just some thoughts!!
>
>love and blessings,
>faye
>
>

Rogers\Bryan\Caldwell Family Reunion June 2006

From: "Faye Caldwell" <fsctwc@hctc.net>
To: "Jane Rogers" <sajrogers@hotmail.com>
Subject: Report on Saturday
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2006 19:21:25 -0500

Jane,
We made it down for the Rogers reunion. Misnamed of course, but that is OK, I certainly understand the Washington "Rogers" being busy. Don't know about the other Rogers. It was the 'Bryan' and Caldwell reunion. And not all of them were there. None of Ella, Stafford, or Harry's kids were there. Virginia said that the lateness of her sending out notices may have kept some from being able to come. Chris had to work so he didn't make it. He hated that he had to miss but that is the way it goes when you are the sole bread winner.

We did decide to try April 28, 2007 for next year, just to see if it would make a difference, maybe cooler.

Attending were:
Jack and LeAnn, Heidi Bryan
Carey and Martha Bryan
Morris , Jennifer & Dally Finch
Betty Finch
Hunter and Garrett Luna
John Finch, April Leal and her kids Giovonnie, and Joei Love Leal
Tom and Faye Caldwell
Shan Caldwell
Joann Giddens
Renee Williams and sons Tyler Williams and Cameron Reynolds
Dave and Iris Williams
Charley, Sara, Cotton and Carley Pruett
Andrew Bryan
Bud & Virginia Horton
Robert, Mary, Riley and Benjamin Horton
Judy Burns (Keith was in Germany)
Janet, Lane and Olivia Martory
Jeannine Bryan

Jane, was Lauren Bryan, married to Robert 'Luna'?, or what was her husband's name?
A 'Robert' came and some of the kids called out "Daddy" when he drove up. He came in and visited with the Bryans.
Is John related to Lauren or just adopted by Betty?
Someone said that several of the kiddos there were Lauren's so I wondered which ones.
I hate to ask Betty because I think she still gets a little upset where Lauren is concerned.
I don't really know what happened to her. Do you?

Nettie May didn't make it either.
Well, nothing else I can remember.
You and yours were missed. Sorry it was not possible for you to make your trip to Texas during the reunion time. We did take a side trip to the boys 40 acres before we came home. Looks like there are surveyor markers out and looks like Dompsch(sp) has at least cut and baled and moved hay since I was last there. Sure is dry, though the sage was blooming in your front yard.

Love and blessings,
Faye


From: "Faye Caldwell" <fsctwc@hctc.net>
To: "Jane Rogers" <sajrogers@hotmail.com>
Subject: Info for Donley
Date: Mon, 2 Aug 2004 18:01:39 -0500


Jane,
If you want more info let me know. And if it soesn't make sense let me know and I will simplify the form.
Have had company for the last 2 weeks so I had not been able to get this pulled out and edited from the Family Tree and send.
Hope you two are both better.
Faye

Descendants of John Minor Rogers

1 John Minor ROGERS b: June 03, 1871 in Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana d: July 04, 1950, Ditto, Atascosa Co., TX +Fannie PARKER, b: November 28, 1883 in Ditto, Atascosa Co. Texas d: December 06, 1969 in Jourdanton, Atascosa Co. TX m: March 31, 1904 Ditto Comm. Atascosa Co. .
2 [3] Ella ROGERS d: July 1985 b: October 10, 1905 in Ditto, Atascosa Co. Texas
..... +Otis COBLE b: November 21, 1902 in Atascosa Co, TX d: July 03, 1947 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX m: November 23, 1927 Pleasanton, Atascosa Co., TX,
..... 3 Ruby Elaine COBLE b: 1928
......... +Leslie Calvin HILL b: /?/ d: Abt. 1994 in Lubbock, TX m: February 08, 1946 San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas
........ 4 Ella Ann HILL
............ +Stephen Charles RUTEN m: November 18, 1967
............ 5 Michelle Elaine RUTEN
............ 5 ChristopherStephen RUTEN
........ 4 Leslie HILL
............ 5 Leslie HILL, Jr.
............ 5 Cody HILL
............ 5 Heather HILL
........ 4 Nancy Elaine HILL
............ +HUNGERFORD
............ 5 Mandy HUNGERFORD
............ 5 Matthew HUNGERFORD
........ 4 Clinton Hugh HILL
........ 4 Debra Jo HILL
........ 4 Gregory Otis HILL
............ 5 Paige HILL
..... 3 Wilie Jean COBLE b: 1930
........ 4 Timithy Otis COBLE
........ 4 Joseph 'Joe' COBLE
..... 3 [1] Stanley Otis COBLE
......... +Elaine BROWN
........ 4 Sharon Elaine COBLE
............ +LEDGERWOOD
............ 5 Suzanne LEDGERWOOD
............ 5 Alisha LEDGERWOOD
............ 5 Erin LEDGERWOOD
..... *2nd Wife of [1] Stanley Otis COBLE:
......... +Betty Rae BAVCUM
..... 3 Fannie Joella COBLE
......... +James Thorpe HAYNES
........ 4 James T. HAYNES
........ 4 David Otis HAYNES
........ 4 Shirley Jean HAYNES
............ +ELLIS
............ 5 Angel ELLIS
............ 5 Guy ELLIS
........ 4 Laura HAYNES
............ 5 Alisha HAYNES
............ 5 Robert David HAYNES
............ 5 John Michael HAYNES
..... 3 [2] Warren Stafford COBLE
......... +DIANA m: 1958
..... *2nd Wife of [2] Warren Stafford COBLE:
......... +Betty Jean MCGOWAN m: 1961
........ 4 William Warren COBLE
........ 4 Karla Jean COBLE
. *2nd Husband of [3] Ella ROGERS:
..... +Charles CANNON m: 1948
. 2 Ruby ROGERS b: October 05, 1907 in Ditto, Atascosa Co., Texas d: August 14, 2003 in Woodville, Tyler Co., TX,
..... +Ray Howard STRICKLAND d: January 19, 1993 in Jourdanton, Atascosa Co., Texas m: May 04, 1931 Jourdanton, Atascosa Co., Texas, b: May 28, 1908 in Paducha, Cottle Co. , Texas
..... 3 George Ray STRICKLAND
......... +Deborah Jane YOUNGBLOOD m: July 07, 1970 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
........ 4 Jason Clay STRICKLAND b. in Perth, Western Australia
............ +Sandy Anita HARRIS m: March 30, 2002 Edythe Bates Old Chapel, Festival Insitiute, Roundtop, TX
........ 4 Justin Jeremy STRICKLAND b: Melbourne, Western Australia
..... 3 Faye STRICKLAND b.Ditto, Atascosa Co. Texas
......... +Thomas William CALDWELL m: June 10, 1967 Alamo Heights Methodist Chapel, San Antonio, TX
........ 4 Thomas Christopher CALDWELL b: Lamesa, Dawson Co., Texas
............ +Dobie Dee FERRELL m: September 25, 1994 New Braunfels, Comal Co. , Texas, b: San Marcos, Hays Co., Texas
........ 4 Shannon Ray CALDWELL b: Canadian, Hemphill Co., Texas
. 2 Cicero Parker ROGERS d: November 20, 1994 in Pleasanton, Atascosa Co. TX b: April 17, 1910 in Ditto, Atascosa Co. Texas
..... +Lillian COPELAND
. 2 John Harry ROGERS d: March 14, 2002 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX b: August 02, 1912 in Ditto, Atascosa Co. Texas
..... +Juanita Merle PATRICK d: September 04, 1998 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas m: June 01, 1941 b: September 18, 1918 in Hopkins Co., TX
..... 3 Nancy Merle ROGERS b: Commerce, Texas
......... +Ronald AVERY m: June 26, 1967 Pleasanton, Atascosa Co. TX
........ 4 Shauna Elizabeth AVERY b: New Jersey
............ + (? ), Enrique m: Abt. 2002 San Antonio, TX
........ 4 Brooke Parker AVERY b: Seoul, Korea
............ +Tom [UNKNOWN ] m: Abt. 2003
..... 3 Mary Margaret ROGERS b: Laredo, Webb Co., TX
......... +Warren JOHNSON m: 1971 Pleasanton, TX
........ 4 Brandon Stewart JOHNSON b: Houston, Harris Co., TX
........ 4 Troy Allen JOHNSON b: Houston, Harris Co., TX
..... 3 Fannie Patrick ROGERS b: Poteet, Atascosa Co., TX
......... +Thomas Nathaniel BIRD
........ 4 Kelly Ann BIRD b: Wilford Hall, San Antonio, TX
............ +[?/?] BUTY
........ 4 Sarah Faith BIRD b: Dallas, TX
............ + [?/?] SANDERS
. 2 Stafford Minor ROGERS b: November 11, 1914 in Ditto, Atascosa Co. Texas
..... +Jo FULLER m: July 25, 1940 Seguin, Guadalupe Co., TX
..... 3 Beverley Sharon ROGERS b:
......... +Colin Dwight ELSIK m: 1966 Beeville, Bee Co., TX
........ 4 Colin Dwight ELSIK, Jr.
..........+Lisa Warner m. 1985 Tulsa, OK
...............5 Lauryn Ashely ELSIK b. College Station, TX April 23, 1986
...............5 Dustin Stafford Elsik b. San Antonio, TX June 5, 1997
............2nd Wife to Colin Dwight ELSIK, Jr.
.............+Tammie Clements Hickman m. June 2010
........ 4 Candice Dawn ELSIK
.............+John Galindo
...............5 Elizabeth Rebekah Galindo b. San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas Oct. 29, 2008
............... Madeline Elena Galindo, b. San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas December 3, 2010
........ 4 Melissa Nicole ELSIK
............+ Dr. Brandon Grimm m. June 2, 2001
............5 Toby Minor Grimm b. Austin, TX July 27, 2006
............5 Levi Henry Grimm b. San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas May 5, 2010
..... 3 [4] Stafford Michael ROGERS b: San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas
......... +Barbara Marie WALKER m: December 21, 1963 San Antonio, Bexar Co.,TX
........ 4 Denise Marie ROGERS
........ 4 Diana ROGERS
..... *2nd Wife of [4] Stafford Michael ROGERS:
......... +CINDY Davis m: Abt. 2000
. 2 [6] Olivia ROGERS d: January 16, 1981 in Houston, Harris Co. TX b: February 26, 1917 in Ditto, Atascosa Co. Texas
..... +Abraham Clayton BRYAN d: August 02, 1961 in Atascosa Co. TX m: Abt. 1941 b: August 07, 1913 in Atascosa Co, TX
..... 3 JoAnn BRYAN b: Poteet, Atascosa Co., TX
......... +James Thomas GIDDENS d: April 19, 1997 in TX m: October 23, 1961 b: August 09, 1931 in Poullon, Worth Co., GA
........ 4 Gary Allison GIDDENS
........ 4 Linda Gail GIDDENS
........ 4 JoLynn GIDDENS
........ 4 James Clayton GIDDENS
..... 3 Betty Lou BRYAN b: Poteet, Atascosa Co., TX
......... +Melvin Earl FINCH d: January 28, 1997 in Charlotte, Atascosa Co. TX b: January 12, 1941 in Charlotte , Texas
........ 4 Lauren FINCH
........ 4 Morris FINCH
........ 4 Clayton Rodney FINCH
..... 3 Virginia Lee BRYAN b: Guy Bryan's home, Atascosa Co., TX
......... +Cecil Franklin HORTON m: January 19, 1968 Kenedy, Karnes Co. TX b: in Mathis, San Patricio Co. TX
........ 4 Robert Franklin HORTON b: in Corpus Christi, Nueces Co. TX
..... 3 Robert Clayton BRYAN b:Poteet, Atascosa Co. TX
......... +Helen Jeanene BOYD
........ 4 Robert Clayton BRYAN, Jr.
..... 3 Carey Lewis BRYAN
......... +Martha Louise SPAHN
........ 4 Sara Beth BRYAN
........ 4 Clayton Lewis BRYAN d: May 02, 1982 b: February 21, 1981 in San Antonio ,Bexar Co., Texas
........ 4 Betsy Ann BRYAN
..... 3 Iris Louise BRYAN
......... +David WILLIAMS
..... 3 [5] Jack Howard BRYAN b: Pleasanton, Atascosa Co. TX
......... +Valerie PERKINS
........ 4 Jack Andrew BRYAN b: June 16, 1974
............ +Miriaion PRATT m: June 1995 Corpus Christi, Nueces Co. TX
........ 4 Kasey Aileen BRYAN b: June 06, 1978
..... *2nd Wife of [5] Jack Howard BRYAN:
......... +LeeAnn ENGLISH m: April 22, 1989 Jourdanton, Atascosa Co., TX b: Pleasanton, Atascosa Co. TX
..... 3 Judy Lynn BRYAN b: December 04, 1955
......... +Keith BURNS
. *2nd Husband of [6] Olivia ROGERS:
..... +Lawrence M. FINCH m: Aft. 1950
. 2 Elmo Dean ROGERS d: October 07, 1979 in Ditto, Atascosa Co. Texas; at home b: July 26, 1919 in Ditto, Atascosa Co. Texas
. 2 [7] Erastus Cloud ROGERS, Sr. d: September 07, 2003 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX b: November 28, 1921 in Ditto, Atascosa Co. Texas
..... +Maurene RATLEY m: Abt. 1943
..... 3 Lura ROGERS
......... +Ray BRISCO
........ 4 Debbie BRISCO
. *2nd Wife of [7] Erastus Cloud ROGERS, Sr.:
..... +Ann /?/ d: in Galveston, Texas m: Abt. 1947
..... 3 child ROGERS b: in At birth or shortly after??
. *3rd Wife of [7] Erastus Cloud ROGERS, Sr.:
..... +Gladys m: Abt. 1949
..... 3 Erastus Cloud ROGERS, Jr. d: December 13, 1993 in Muleshoe, Bailey Co., TX b: November 22, 1951
......... +JUDY
........ 4 John Parker ROGERS
........ 4 James Cloud ROGERS
. *4th Wife of [7] Erastus Cloud ROGERS, Sr.:
..... +Clara Elizabeth RAKOWITZ d: September 24, 1986 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX m: 1960 b: November 01, 1911
. *5th Wife of [7] Erastus Cloud ROGERS, Sr.:
..... +Vesta MCINTOSH m: July 01, 1988 Atascosa Co, TX b: April 14, 1923
. 2 [8] Donley Hardy ROGERS b: June 24, 1924 in Ditto, Atascosa Co. Texas
..... +Laura Rollins DYKES m: September 1958
. *2nd Wife of [8] Donley Hardy ROGERS:
..... +Aleta Jane TRAVLAND m: October 03, 1970 Pleasanton Methodist Church, Atascosa Co. TX b: Santa Anna, TX
..... 3 Donley Clayton ROGERS b: Jourdanton, Atascosa Co., TX
......... +CATHY
........ 4 Gareth ROGERS
........ 4 daughter ROGERS