FRED ROGERS, manufacturer, of Middletown, N. Y., was born at Brewster, Putnam County, N. Y., July 12, 1859.
His parents were both of English extraction, his father, Joseph, having been born near Oxford, and his mother,
Penelope Wilkin, near Bristol, England. Joseph Rogers settled at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., and engaged in the manufacture
of drums and banjo heads, afterward removing to Bloomingburgh, Sullivan. County, N. Y., where he learned his trade.
Fred obtained his education at the district school at Bloomingburg and Snooks Academy at Monticello, N. Y. After
leaving school he entered the drum head manufactory of his father at Bloomingburg, and continued with him until
the death of the latter in 1901, when he succeeded to the business. His mother died in 1896. Mr. Rogers married
Harriet Pellet Moore. of Middletown, N. Y., November 28, 1888 and four children were born to them: Penelope, Ruth
Bradner, died November 25, 1907; Helen Hyde and Clara Elizabeth. He is a member of the Royal Arcanum and Knights
of Pythias. His brother, Joseph, now conducts the factory established by his father at Bloomingburg. Mr. Rogers
opened his present factory at Mechanics town, near Middletown, in 1897.
The History of Orange County New York
Edited by: Russel Headley
Van Deusen and Elms, Publishers
Middletown, N. Y. 1908
Orange County, NY
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