623 West Fourth
A.H. Rogers House
Circa 1899 ~ Colonial Revival
Architectural details are, Broken pediment, Art glass
In 1878 Alfred Harrison Rogers graduated from Harvard with honors in philosophy. He then studied law with Colonel E.L. Barlett in Wyandotte Kansas. He was admitted to the bar in Olathe Kansas om 1889, but never practiced law as a profession. He married Katherine Coburn in May of 1881, and had two children.
In 1889, Mr. Rogers built the Southwest Missouri Electric Railway (also known as the Twin Cities Street Railway) a streetcar railway system between Webb City and Carterville. The rail line was two and a half miles in length. The railcars were pulled by mules until it was converted to electric in 1896. Mr. Rogers convinced investors to bulild Lakeside Park in Carthage, of which his system was the only trolley that could take visitors to the Park.
With the advent of the automobile, it brought forth roads which cut into their trolley traffic. Starting early in the twentieth century, the Mother Road of all roads, Route 66 was built near Lakeside Park. This brought automobile and bus traffic far and near.
Mr. Rogers was a publisher and president of the Joplin Globe Publishing Company, vice president of Interstate Grocer and director of National Bank. In 1910, he purchased the Joplin Globe. He was a faithful member of the Joplin Elks Club.