from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906
Henry S. Rosecrans, a representative of journalism in Oskaloosa and a factor in democratic circles in Mahaska county, was born on a farm four miles northeast of Washington, Iowa, October 18, 1867, his parents being Henry and Elizabeth (Dickey) Rosecrans, both of whom were natives of Licking county, Ohio. The father was a farmer by occupation and in 1849 came to Iowa, settling upon a tract of land of two hundred and ninety acres in Washington county. The same year he went to California and succeeded in getting some gold. Two years later he returned to Washington county, Iowa, and he afterward sold his farm and removed to Keokuk county, giving his attention to the milling business in Sigourney for eight years. He afterward carried on merchandising in Whatcheer during the latter part of his business career, and he died January 21, 1904, at the age of seventy-nine years. He was a brother of General W. S. Rosecrans of national military fame, and of Bishop S. H. Rosecrans, of Columbus, Ohio. Henry S. Rosecrans of this review was one of a family of four children, all of whom are living, the others being Menza, the wife of Richard Burke, of Oskaloosa; A. D., who is living in Globe, Arizona; and W. J., of Hocking, Iowa. Henry S. Rosecrans acquired his early education in the public schools of Keokuk, Iowa, and in the high school and academy at Washington. He began learning the printer's trade in the office of the Sigourney Review, at Sigourney, Iowa, of which W. R. Hollingsworth was editor. He continued there for eight years and then went to Whatcheer, where he was connected with the mechanical department of the Reporter. In 1897 he came to Oskaloosa and took charge of the mechanical department of the Oskaloosa Times, with which he has since been connected, becoming editor and one of the proprietors on the 1st of August, 1905, under the firm style of Lemley & Rosecrans, his partner being C. E. Lemley. The Times was established by J. E. Seevers in 1885 and has always been a democratic paper, being the principal organ of the party in Mahaska county. Since coming under its present manager the Times has made substantial and gratifying advancement and has been a leading and important factor in shaping the democratic policy in Mahaska county. On the 11th of June, 1890, Mr. Rosecrans was married to Miss Grace M. Borland, a daughter of J. C. and Lydia (Hand) Borland, of Chicago. Fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America. Without special advantages in his youth his advancement in the newspaper field has come in recognition of his ability, fidelity and a thorough under standing of the business, and while capably managing the financial interests of his paper he at the same time gives to the public a bright and entertaining journal devoted to the dissemination of local and general news as well as to political principles and beliefs.
Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy