Joseph F. Rodgers, 1853-1937

Papers, 1891-1902
Box 221-230, 10 boxes (4 linear feet)

Original papers are in boxes 221 - 227, photocopies of the collection are in boxes 228 - 230.   Patrons are to use photocopies since the originals are brittle and in poor condition.

Biographical/Historical Note: Joseph F. Rodgers was a carpenter, builder and contractor in Alexandria the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.   He was born in Fairfax County, Virginia, and his father's name was Lorenzo Rodgers.   Joseph's wife's name was Willie, and they had children by the names of Raymond, Ruth and Nevelle.   The Rodgers lived at different addresses in Alexandria including 222 South Fairfax Street and 313 South Lee Street.   The Fairfax address and 307 Prince Street were also listed as a business addresses for Joseph Rodgers in Alexandria City Directories.

Scope and Contents Note: The collection consists of bills and receipts relating to Joseph Rodgers' contracting and personal business dealings in old town Alexandria.   Examples include letterhead receipts from Weadon Bros. Hardware, Paints, Oils Glass and Guns; George Ayers...Dealer in Wheels; Isaac Eichberg Foreign and Domestic Dry Goods; Smoot Lumber; Curtin and Butts Alexandria Iron Works, and many others local businesses.   Also includes building permits.

Arrangement: Chronological.   These had originally been stored by impaling them on a steel hook for hanging.

Source: Gift of the property owner of 222 S. Fairfax Street, March, 1990.   Found in the attic.


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