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Photo of the Month

Rogers Milling Company

Interior shots of businesses and industries in the early 1900s are really rare, so we were thrilled to receive this photo of the inside of the Rogers Milling Company. The donor does not know the names of the men in the photo, and is hoping someone who had an ancestor who worked at the company might recognize someone. If you see a familiar face, please let us know.

This was a thriving business during its heyday. Established in 1886, the mill created a lucrative market for local grain crops and established Rogers as a center for flour and meal production. J.W. Frey, the local Frisco railroad agent, was the chief promoter of the business and early stock holders included notable business leaders J.A.C. Blackburn, W.R. Felker, H.L. Stroud, and J.B. Steele.

The company had three large buildings located on the corner of North Arkansas Street and East Chestnut Street and included access to a railroad spur. The largest building was approximately 33 feet wide and 100 feet long, which included a grain elevator for moving and storing grain. Processing equipment included eight sets of rollers, three packers, three purifiers, one separator, three dust collectors, one centrifuge, one corn bolter, two scourers, and sixteen reels. By 1900 the plant boasted an output of 75 to 150 barrels of flour daily (a barrel of flour weighs 196 pounds), with shipment of their “Rogers Special Patent” brand flour throughout the country.

By 1908 the mill employed twelve people and increased production to 200 barrels of flour daily. During these early years, farmers from across the county and Indian Territory sold wheat and corn at the mill. At harvest time, 30 to 40 wagons could be seen lined up to sell grain at the elevator. But as agriculture began to shift to fruit production and land replanted as orchards, a special rate from the railroad allowed the mill to continue large-scale operation by milling Kansas wheat and then shipping it on to markets.

A fire destroyed the mill on April 30, 1914 and the loss was valued at $35,000. In 1916 a Pea Ridge miller, Mr. Rogers, and his business associate from Leslie, Arkansas, Mr. Fuller, built a larger mill on the site. The Rogers & Fuller Mill continued in business for many more years and expanded to include the sale of heating oil. In addition to continuing to produce 200 barrels of wheat daily, the new mill often sold 1,500 gallons of oil each day throughout the area. By 1953 the mill moved to Highway 62 on North Second Street and Rogers Transfer and Storage occupied the long-time mill buildings until closing their doors in 2010.

 

More Photos of the Month

People:
Rogers Academy Class of 1896
Applegate Family
Bingham, George H.
John Black and Hugh “Tater” Black
Blackburn, J.A.C.
Blaylock, Sarah
Carter, C. Jimmie
Clarke, A.O.
Curry, Dr. William Jasper
Decker, Charles
Felker, William R.
Ford, Edsel
Funk, Erwin
Harvey, Coin
Hawkins, Harold and Frank Jr.
Hill, Fred
Jacobs, Thomas
Keck, Jack
Key, Vera
Kirksey, Birch
Lingle, Greer
Lockhart, Tracy
McNeil, Tom
Means, Joe
Morgan, Tom
Morsani, Al
Myler, John
The Sagers
Sikes, J. Wade

J.L. Shinpaugh, Rogers City Marshal
Steele, John Bell and Mary Van Winkle
Thaden, Louise
Rice, Dr. Rufus S.
Rogers, Betty Blake
Rogers, C.W.
Rogers Dough Boys
Rogers, Will

Tribble, Letsie
Truman Boling, Master Builder

Vick Will

Places:
Beaver Dam
Beaver Lake
Butterfield Trail
Camp Joyzelle
Confederate Monument
Coin Harvey’s Spring Lake and Falls
Lake Atalanta
Monte Ne
Old Highway 12 Bridge
Park Springs Park
War Eagle
The Amphitheater at Monte Ne
Silica Mining
Frisco Tunnel at Winslow
Wonderland Cave in Bella Vista
The Ozark Bluff Dwellers
Fisherman's Camp
Kruse's Gold Mine
Highway 71
Hanging Tree

Businesses:

The Apple Industry
Callahan's Station
Cattle Ranching
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Daisy Manufacturing
Decker Motor Co.
Dyke Lumber Co.
Hailey Motor Co.
House of Webster
McNeil Chevrolet
Munsingwear
Poultry Industry
Pressing Sorghum Cane
Rogers Champion
Rogers Hardware Co.
Rogers Transfer & Storage
Suzie-Q Malt Shop
Wal-Mart

Wendt-Sonis

Schools:
Rogers Academy
Rogers High School
Sunnyside Elementary School

Buildings:
The Applegate house
112 South First Street
Bank Of Rogers Building
Benton County Jail
B.F. Sikes Log Cabin
Central Methodist Episcopal Church
J.B. Steele House, 303 South First Street
Juhre Building (1894)
Golden Rule Building (circa 1894)
Lane Hotel
Love's Sanitarium
Mutual Aid Union Building
Palace of the Ozarks
Rogers City Hall
Rogers City Jail
Rogers Milling Company
Rogers Opera House
Rogers Post Office
Rogers Wholesale Grocery Company
The Key Wing
The Stroud Building (1899)
The Victory Theater
James and Sally McDaniel Home

The Stroud Home
The Tribble House
The Rocky Branch School

Organizations:
206th C.A. A.A
Home Demonstration Club
Rogers First Elks Lodge
Rogers Garden Club
Women's Study Club/Mas Luz Club
Benton County Possum Hunters
Rogers High School Football Team 1921
Rogers High School Marching Band 1942
936th Field Artillery Battalion in the Korean War
1960's Rogers High School Spirit
Arkansas State Guard in WWII

Events:

Apple Blossom Festivals
Benton County Fair
Bolin Murder Inquest 
Ozark Golden Jubilee
Rogers Centennial Posse
Rogers Diamond Jubilee (1956)
Santa's Rocket Sleigh
Sledriding
The Arrival of Santa Claus (1945)
The Brightwater Train Wreck (1907)
The Great Car Skate on Lake Atalanta (1940)
Thanksgiving (1904)
The Last Reunion of Pea Ridge Veterans

Other:

Baseball
Cars
Chemical Engine
Christmas Memories
Frisco Railroad
Halloween
Mining in Northwest Arkansas
Natural Resources
Rogers' Congregational Church
Rogers Fire Department
Rogers Police Cars
St. Mary's Hospital
Tobacco and Benton County
Still Busting near Bentonville
Roadwork
John Boat
Quilts
Tall Tree Tales

Civil Defense in the 1960's
Early Cars
Rogers Yuletide
Brick Streets
Rural Road Work

 


 

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