Rogers family papers, 1880-1916  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Rogers family
Rogers family papers
1880-1916 (inclusive)
.63 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Collection Number
4871 (Accession No. 4871-001)
Papers of a pioneer family concerning real estate and mining ventures in Asotin County, Washington.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

Open to all users, but the records are stored off site and advance notice is required for use. Contact the Special Collections division of the University of Washington Libraries.

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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The Rogers family was active in Asotin County in Eastern Washington. They were involved with real estate, mining, abstracts of title, conveyancing, timber, and other business matters related to land ownership and use. G.A. (George Arthur) Rogers, nicknamed Al, was born March 31, 1864, in Elgin County, Ontario. He journeyed to British Columbia and then to Washington, settling near the current town of Asotin. He took a pre-emption near Anatone and later a homestead. G.A. Rogers operated a steam shingle mill for a time but eventually moved into the town of Asotin. In 1884 he opened a notary public office and took filings on government lands, heard final proofs, and did virtually all the property conveyance business in Asotin County. He was also a general agent for various lines of goods. G.A. Rogers also promoted a new town near the mines he operated on the Snake River. He owned copper and gold mines at the mouth of the Grande Ronde River in Asotin and Wallowa Counties. White Bear, Harrison, and Amber Crystal are listed as names of claims in mining records.

After moving to the town of Asotin, G.A. Rogers held the office of deputy sheriff, and in 1884 he also handled the county clerk's office. In 1887 he was elected probate judge of Asotin County and held the office until Washington achieved statehood in 1889.

Other members of the family were involved with local government as well. W.S. Rogers was listed as treasurer of Asotin County in 1897. S.S. (Samuel Scott) Rogers served as auditor of Asotin County until his brother, G.A. Rogers, took over the office.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Rogers family papers concern real estate and mining ventures in Asotin County, Washington. Most of the papers are those of G.A. (George Arthur) and his brother S.S. (Samuel Scott) Rogers, but a number of real estate documents bear no Rogers name. Other real estate information is in the form of letters or inquiries and hand-drawn maps. Much of the correspondence is between G.A. Rogers and S.S. Rogers. Most of the letters include information about family and business matters. Some documents have no connection to the family but were notarized by G.A. Rogers.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The creator's literary rights have not been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Preferred Citation

Rogers family papers, 1880-1916. Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, Washington.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Incoming letters to:Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Rogers, G. A.
Rogers, S. S. from Rogers, G. A.
Rogers, S. S
Rogers, W. S.

Outgoing letters from:Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Rogers, G. A.

General correspondence, miscellaneous, 1887-1906Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/12

General correspondence, miscellaneous family, 1880-1886Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 1/13

Real estate records, 1882-1912Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/14-16

Assays, 1890-1902Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/1

Miscellaneous mining information, 1892-1904Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/2

Legal documents, 1882Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/3

Financial records, 1883-1903Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/4

Miscellany, 1880-1905Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/5

Snake River Mining, Milling and Smelting Company records, 1890-1916Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/6

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Businessmen--Washington (State)--Asotin County--Archives
  • Land tenure--Washington (State)--Asotin County
  • Mines and mineral resources--Washington (State)--Asotin County
  • Pioneers--Washington (State)--Asotin County--Archives
  • Real estate business--Washington (State)--Asotin County
  • Personal Names :
  • Rogers, G. A. (George Arthur)
  • Rogers, S. S. (Samuel Scott)
  • Family Names :
  • Rogers family--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Asotin County (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • correspondence
  • Deeds
  • financial records

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)