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Feb. 15, 1924

McDonald PA Record

Makes Record as Notary Public

When Capt. Hugh A. ROGERS, cashier at the Manufacturers Light & Heat company in Washington, and one of the best known men in the community, acting as a notary public administered the oath of office to the directors of the First National Bank and the Citizens National bank at the present year, he established a unique record. For it was the forty-fourth consecutive time that he had performed a similar service at the First National and the fortieth time that he had acted in this capacity at the Citizens.

When Hugh ROGERS, a budding young business man of Washington, appointed a notary public the year previous, was called to the First National bank in 1881 and asked to “swear in” the directors of that oldest national bank of Washington county, he perhaps had no vision of performing such a service for 44 years without a break. And when President George ROBERTS of the Citizens National sent for him in 1885, when that institution was organized, he probably had no prophetic feeling regarding successive service. Of course records of this kind are not available, but no one has heard of such continuous service and the “Captain’s” record will be accepted as one that has never been equaled.

Not a singe man identified with the First National bank when Captain ROGERS walked into the modest banking room at the beginning of the year 1881 is with the organization. In fact none of them is alive today. The president at that time was Colin M. REED Sr., the cashier James MCILVAINE, and the teller A. S. RITCHIE, father of William B. RITCHIE of Washington.

N. R. BAKER, cashier, an R. V. JOHNSON and John W. DONNAN, directors, the latter now president, are the only men connected with the citizens bank who presented themselves before young Notary ROGERS in 1885 to take the oath on the organization of that now flourishing institution. During his years of activity, Captain ROGERS has seen the passing of many men of prominence in Washington’s banking circles and has been the intimate of practically all of them. “I am proud of the friends I have made,” the captain has frequently said, “and I hope before I die to make as many more.”

Hugh ROGERS is a native of Canonsburg, coming to Washington in 1867. He was early identified with the Peoples Light & Heat company, which later was merged with the Manufacturers Natural Gas company to form the present Manufacturers Light & Heat company. He was among the earliest of Washington citizens to identify himself with the oil and gas industry and has been the cashier of the Manufacturers company since its organization. He lives at 251 Jefferson avenue, is an inveterate reader of good literature; and a thirty-second degree football fan.

Captain ROGERS is an older brother of John C. ROGERS and A. E. ROGERS of McDonald.




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