Emma Ferdon Rogers

Name: Emma Ferdon Rogers (Winner)
Birth Date: January 20, 1855
Birth Place: Plainfield New Jersey, USA
Death Date: March 3, 1922
Death Location: New York City New York, USA


Emma Winner Rogers (1855-1922) came to Evanston with her husband Henry Wade Rogers when he was appointed President of Northwestern University in 1890. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Rogers was active in many local organizations, including serving as the first female member of the Evanston Historical Society board. Rogers became interested in the growing settlement house movement, formed to address issues facing the inner city poor and growing immigrant population. In 1891, she helped found the Northwestern University Settlement, a charitable organization based on the northwest side of Chicago. At NU Settlement, Rogers was involved with fundraising, resident recruitment, and even lived in the house as a resident for a short time. Rogers moved from Evanston in 1900.

Father: John Ogden Winner
Mother: Sarah J. Taylor
Education: University of Michigan
Years in Evanston: 1890-1900

Sources: Archives and Collections: "Rogers." Biographical Files. Evanston History Center Records book of the Evanston Historical Society, 1898-1937, box 6, folder 1, Evanston History Centre, Evanston Illinois. Henry Wade Rogers Papers. Biographical Materials, box 1, folder 7. Northwestern University Archives. The Worn Door Step; Informal History of the Northwestern University Settlement Association, 1891-1991 by Mark Wukas, edited by Doris Overboe and Ronald R Manderschied, published by the NU Settlement Association.