The Second Generation or The Last of the Rogers in Hartford

Up to now the the previous posts on flatware manufacturing in Hartford have evolved into the gathering of information primarily on the original Rogers brothers, William Hazen, Asa Harris and Simeon Smith.

Now we discuss William Henry Rogers (son of William Hazen) and his cousin William Henry Watrous and the Wm. Rogers Manufacturing Company. Let’s start with Mr. Watrous and Wm.Rogers Mfg. from an 1889 editon of “Hartford, Conn., as a Manufacturing, Commercial and Business Center”.

Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co.

Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co.

 

Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co.

Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co.

Larger detail of building at 66-80 Market St. Hartford:

Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. 66-80 Market St.

Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. 66-80 Market St.

Below is the same building from “Connecticut Magazine” Vol. 9 1905 shortly after Simeon and George Rogers have moved in:

66-80 Market St.

66-80 Market St.

Next is a small collection of ephemera from Wm. Rogers Mfg. First is a pattern sheet from 1879:

1879 pattern sheet

1879 Pattern Sheet

Next is an advertisement from “The Houskeeper’s Friend” 1883 (Great London Tea Co.):

The Housekeeper's Friend  1883

The Housekeeper’s Friend 1883

Below is a page from the Horton, Gilmore, McWilliams & Co. 1888 catalog:

Horton Gilmore McWilliams & Co. 1888

Horton Gilmore McWilliams & Co. 1888

Also from 1888:

1888 Advertisement

1888 Advertisement

Next is an ad from  “Picturesque Boston  An Illustrated Guide to the City of Boston” by J.A. & R.A. Reid  1889:

1889 Picturesque Boston

1889 Picturesque Boston

From the “World’s Fair” and “The Jewelers’ Circular” August 1893:

Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. Exhibit

Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. Exhibit

Next are some pages from a promotional pamphlet distributed by Wm, Rogers Mfg. in the 1890’s:

1890s Booklet

1890s Booklet

 

1890's Booklet

1890’s Booklet

A couple of trade cards with part of the back highlighting “Hartford Silver Metal”. Was this the product of Hartford Manufacturing Company? (see earlier blog post)

Trade Cards

Trade Cards

Now will follow several articles on William Henry Watrous, the man behind Wm. Rogers Mfg. and for the most part these references should say all that need be said. Wm. Watrous was the son of Julia Etta Rogers Watrous sister of William, Asa & Simeon, the “original” Rogers Brothers.

The first is from the 1891 “Illustrated Popular Biography of Connecticut” page 89. of importance here is the purchase of the Kohn silk mill. Note the Taunton & Wickersham sites. 

Illustrated Popular Biography of Conn.

Illustrated Popular Biography of Conn.

Next is from “Men of Progress” 1898 on pages 113 & 114:

Men of Progress 1898

Men of Progress 1898

Below is from the “Commemorative Biographical Record of Hartford County” 1901.  Note the “Eagle Sterling Co.” and “Watrous Manufacturing Co.”:

Commemorative Biographical Record

Commemorative Biographical Record

Also from the “Commemorative Biographical Record of Hartford County” 1901:

Commemorative Biographical Record

Commemorative Biographical Record

The next two pages are from “Men of Mark in Conn” Vol 2 1906. Note “Ames Manufacturing Company” and “Norwich Cutlery Company”:

 Men of Mark in Conn

Men of Mark in Conn

 

Men of Mark in Conn

Men of Mark in Conn

The final word on William Henry Watrous comes from “The Jewelers’ Circular” Volume 77, Issue 1 1918:

The Jewelers' Circular V. 77

The Jewelers’ Circular V. 77

People thought a great deal of Mr. Watrous during his lifetime and after.

William Henry Watrous had a cousin named William Henry Rogers who also made an impression on the silver plate industry, but in a different way. He liked to call himself William Rogers Jr., as shown in one of the two listings from Geer’s below. The other indicates where Rogers Cutlery was located at the time.

Geer's Hartford

Geer’s Hartford

Below is an interesting advertisement from May 1864 in the “The Conn War Record”:

The Conn War Record

The Conn War Record

Perhaps what “late W. Rogers, Jr.” means is that Fifield is at the same location William Hazen Rogers had occupied since the 1840’s. He was selling “Rogers’ Brothers superior plate”. Hmmm (thought they left town)… Edward R. Fifield married William Henry Rogers sister Sarah Agnes.

The following is from Illustrated Popular Biography of Conn. 1891 pg.90:

Illustrated Popular Biography of Conn

Illustrated Popular Biography of Conn

Next is from the “Geer’s Hartford City Directory” 1896. The disclaimer makes you wonder about the relationship between the cousins. Was this do to William Henry “selling” his name to Simpson, Hall, Miller & Company?

Geer's Hartford City Directory

Geer’s Hartford City Directory

The following are William Henry Rogers design patents (the first was assigned to his wife Lucy). The patents marked SHM were assigned to Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.

William Henry Rogers Design Patents

William Henry Rogers Design Patents

And another patent:

Patent No. 424503 1890

Patent No. 424,503 1890

The last two born of the second generation were Simeon Lazell (1844) and George Henry (1846) sons of Simeon Smith Rogers:

Simeon and George

Simeon and George

From Connecticut Magazine, Volume 9, 1905, page 915:

Conn Mag Vol 9 1905

Conn Mag Vol 9 1905

And that was the last of the original Rogers brothers silverplating connection with the City of Hartford.

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