Joseph H. Rogers establishes USA’s first calfskin head company in Brewster’s Station, New York, followed later by a second tannery in Farmingdale, New Jersey, operated by son Joseph H. Rogers Junior.
In addition to drum and banjo head production, grandson Cleveland S. Rogers begins to manufacturer the first “Rogers” drums at the Farmingdale tannery.
Cleveland S. Rogers sells the Rogers company to distributor Henry Grossman. Subsequently, Grossman moves Joseph Rogers Inc. from Farmingdale to Covington, Ohio.
With the combined skills of Henry Grossman, inventor Joe Thompson, and marketing manager Ben Strauss, the Rogers Company rises to become a leading innovator in drum & percussion manufacturing at the Covington plant.
After an inspired decade at the company’s Covington facility (considered the “Golden Era” of the Rogers brand), the company’s assets are subsequently sold to a series of musical instrument corporations including CBS (1966), Brook Mays (1999), and Yamaha (2006).