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ROGERS, ARTHUR BIRCH (1871–1953). Arthur Birch Rogers, businessman, was born on August 10, 1871, at Waxahachie, Texas, the son of James C. and Elizabeth (Wilson) Rogers. The family moved to San Marcos in 1874, and Rogers attended public schools and Coronal Institute. He established furniture, undertaking, and cemetery businesses in San Marcos that spanned the first half of the twentieth century. He was married to Irene Swift on September 25, 1896, and they had four children. He was one of the organizers and a president of the Hays County Fair Association in the 1920s. Rogers is best known as developer of the headwaters of the San Marcos River as a tourist and recreational attraction. In 1928 he built a hotel and a golf course there; in the 1940s his son, Paul J. Rogers, began development of the Aquarena Springsqv tourist complex, which included several historical exhibits. Rogers died in San Marcos on April 26, 1953.

Tula Townsend Wyatt

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