Joe Rogers was nominated by our community to be the 2019 Person of the Year and reign as the Grand Marshall of this years 4th
of July Parade. Joe was honored as at the 2019 Chamber of Commerce Wine & Dine Dinnerand introduced by Aaron Seandel, the 2018 Grand Marshall. He was joined at the dinner by his daughters Jo Ann Rogers Isaacson, and Karyn Bridges Merriman.
Joe, a Native American of the Southern Paiute tribe, was born behind the restaurant in the tiny town of Shoshone, Inyo County, California to Jennie Howell Bow, a divorced mother of four children. At age ten, he was taken by Bureau of Indian Affairs and placed in the Stewart Indian School in Carson City, Nevada. For the first time he had three solid meals a day, slept in a bed, had new clothes, and lived in a dorm with real floors rather than dirt.