Ode to Peace: This piano composition was performed by my son, Chris Rogerson. He wrote this at age 12, on the day following the September 11th attacks in 2001. One of his most recent orchestral pieces is Noble Pond - see the story at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4x2zUkcVeo His website is at chrisrogerson.com
John Thomas Rogerson: World War I aviator: John Thomas Rogerson was my great-uncle; he not only flew in World War I, but was also one of the first pilots for Pan American Airways, joining them in 1928. He was also part of the Air Transport Command in World War II, flying VIPs including President EIsenhower. This link chronicles his achievements.
Fred C. Barger was a distant cousin of my grandmother, Florence Barger. He served in the Civil War, and some of the letters he sent home to his sister have been preserved. The letters are of at least some historical importance since they indicate methods of training, including target practice -- as noted here. I have recently purchased four of his civil war medals, and they are now on loan to the McClurg Musuem on in Westfield, NY. My grandmother and her stepgrandmother wrote "History of Andrew Barger"; he was the progenitor of this family, coming to the U.S. in the early eighteenth century.
More family history including, and focusing on, the Putnam Valley Barger family
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