1899 NATHANIEL BURTON ROGERS Danbury has been so closely identified with the hat industry in the past that, as a rule, other lines of trade have found difficulty in gaining a foothold, and it remained for the Rogers Silver Plating Company, under the energetic and judicious management of its present head, N Burton Rogers to break the record and establish a permanent and profitable business. Prophecies of failure were plentiful when, in 1886, the firm began operations in Danbury with but one experienced workman, “green hands” being employed to complete the force; yet from the first success crowned the enterprise. The subject of this biography is the only one of the original members of the firm to continue throughout this interval, but he modestly attributes the marvelous growth of the business to the loyal support of the citizens of the town, rather than to his own pluck and ability.
Mr Rogers was born July 6, 1848 at Saybrook, Conn., a son of Harvey and Elizabeth Tryon Rogers, and in both paternal and maternal lines is of honorable ancestry, his father being a descendant of John Rogers who was burned at the stake for his religious convictions during the reign of “Bloody Mary,” while the Tryon family is traced through many generations in Flanders. Harvey Rogers was a native of Essex county Conn, born in 1806, and for many years was engaged in the hotel business at Meriden in this State. He died in 1882 and his wife, who was born in 1812, survived him seven years They had nine children, our subject being the youngest. The others were George Washington who died in 1880, served as postmaster at Meriden under appointment of President Lincoln, and later was assistant doorkeeper of the House of Representatives at Washington when General Banks was speaker. Harvey still resides in Meriden. Virginia died in childhood. Watson was lost at sea in 1857 while returning from Europe. Cephas Brainard comes next. Gilbert and Wilbert F constitute the firm of C Rogers & Brothers, the well known silver plate manufacturers at Meriden. And Isabella Virginia married a Mr Young of Meriden and has one son Harvey………
…………In 1885 he helped to organize the Rogers Silver Plate Company and in December 1886 he moved to Danbury to establish a plant, the firm then consisting of Dwight E Rogers President, FA Hall treasurer, and N B Rogers secretary……….. At present (1899) it consists of NB Rogers president, G Mortimer Rundle treasurer, and George H Eastman secretary. The business was originally started on a capital of $10,000 but now represents an investment of $150,000, the volume of its trade being second to that of no other firm in the city. From 150-220 hands are employed, and the factory is a three story building, thirty feet wide and more than six hundred and fifty feet in length.
Mr Rogers has lately made extensive improvements and additions to his handsome residence, at No 37 Fairview avenue, which is one of the largest in the city. The dining room is 30×18, and another room of the same size is devoted to the children’s games. The home is a center of hospitality, and Mr Rogers and wife are prominent in the social life of the locality.Commemorative biographical record of Fairfield County, Connecticut 1899
1908 Nathaniel Burton Rogers of Danbury, Conn., was born in Saybrook, July 6, 1848, and is the son of Harvey and Elizabeth Tryon Rogers, and a direct descendant of James Rogers of New London, who came to America in 1635 and was a Representative to the General Court, seven times between 1662 and 1673. Mr. Rogers was educated in the public schools and high school and when fifteen years old gave up his studies to enlist as a drummer boy in Company C, 7th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, under the command of the late U.S. Senator Hawley. He was in active service until the close of the war participating in several important engagements. On being mustered out of service, he resumed his studies at Russells’ Military School at New Haven, taking a two years course. He then obtained a situation with C. Rogers and Bros. of Meriden as a travelling salesman in the Western and Middle States until 1870 when he went to Brooklyn, New York, to engage in the provision business as senior member of Rogers and Karcher. He retired in 1877 on account of his health, selling his business to Mr. Karcher. Mr. Rogers then went to Europe, locating in London as European agent for C. Rogers and Bros. He returned to America and, on November 3, 1877, married Miss Elizabeth Beach, daughter of Owen M. and Jeannette M. Beach and they have nine children. In 1882 Mr. Rogers joined the Produce Exchange in New York and was in the brokerage business for three years. In 1885 he helped organize the Rogers Silver Plate Company and in December 1886 he moved to Danbury to establish a plant, he being secretary of the company, and is now president of the re-organized company, he is also president of the Rogers Telephone Company, of Danbury, and a director of the Danbury Fair. Mr. Rogers is a member of the First Congregational Church of Danbury and Past Commander of the James E. Moore Post, and in 1901 was elected Commander-in-chief of the G.A.R. of the state of Connecticut. He is a staunch Republican, has been chairman of City Committee Republican Town Committee, an Alderman, a member of the State Central Committee, and is now president of the McKinley Association of this State. He was a member of the Committee on Military Affairs and chairman of the Committee on New Counties and County Seats. Taylor’s legislative history and souvenir of Connecticut, 1897 …, Volume 6 1908
1911 CONNECTICUT Annual session held at Danbury, May 17th, 1911. Hon. N. Burton Rogers, Mayor of the city, was introduced and delivered a short address of welcome. Two new halls dedicated to Odd Fellowship. One at Bridgeport and one at Thompsonville. Journal of Proceedings By Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Grand Lodge of New York
1915 ROGERS N(athanel) Burton mfr., b. Saybrook, Conn., July 6, 1848; s. Harvey and Elizabeth (Tryon) Rogers; ed. Pub. grammar and high schs.; drummer boy Co. C 7th Conn. Vol. Inf. 1863-5; student Russell’s Mil. Acad. New Haven, Conn. 1865-7; m. Nov. 3, 1877, Elizabeth Beach. Traveling salesman 1867-70; mem. firm Rogers & Karcher, provisions, Brooklyn 1870-7; European agt. C. Rogers & Bros. in the produce commn. Business, New York, 1882-5; assisted in organizing Rogers Silver Plate Co., 1885, becoming sec. (removed to Danbury, Conn., 1886, and later près. Mem. Conn. Ho. of Rep. 1907-8; Home Danbury, Conn. Who’s who in New England, Volume 2 1915
1919 Silk Flag Presented to Herbert McChesney. IN the presence of two hundred guests, many of whom had come up from New York especially for the occasion, a large American flag was raised on June 18, at the home of Herbert R. McChesney, at Lake Kenosia. The flag was the gift of Mr. McChesney’s Bridgeport friends. Mayor Clifford B. Wilson, of Bridgeport; Mayor N. Burton Rogers and Judge Eugene C. Dempsey aided in the flag raising ceremonies, a big roast following at which ten plump sheep were ably cooked and served. After the feast a baseball game was improvised, being called at dusk ,when the score was tied. The guests dispersed early in the evening, all averring that the hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. McChesney was a thing to be remembered. The American Hatter, Volume 4 1919