Born in Mesa in 1903 Rogers tells of how his family was sent by Brigham Young to colonize Arizona. His father Isaac Higby Rogers worked as a blacksmith and invented a new device to shoe mules. He recalls details of farming with no machinery and home life with no electricity or running water. They used wet burlap to keep milk eggs and butter cool. Rogers' grandfather was president of the Indian mission of the Mormon church and Rogers gives a lot of detail about the daily life of Native Americans. Rogers' wife's family came to Mesa in 1907 and originally settled in the Lehi area. They later purchased land in Mesa where Mr. and Mrs. Rogers still lived at the time of this interview.