GUIDE TO THE
C. M. ROGERS PAPERS
1.35 CUBIC FT.
C.M. (Clarence Mord) Rogers (1873-1933) was born in
Jersey and grew up
Beach, Florida. His father, D.D. (David Dunham) Rogers, established a
Civil Engineering Office there in 1875, and after C. M. Rogers graduated from
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1903, he joined his father in the firm. In
the course of their careers, C. M. and his father produced hundreds of maps,
surveys, and drawings - often under the most difficult conditions. These
covered the period 1880 to 1933, and the eastern portion of
Florida from Jacksonville to Key West.
C.M. honed his bridge
making skills in the early 1900’s when he was engaged in the
West extension of
Henry Flagler’s railroad. In 1911, he was chief engineer for St. Lucie County,
laying out a system of hard-surfaced roads. From 1912 to 1914, C.M. was design
engineer and engineer in Ft.
Pierce for construction of water works, electric light plant,
and sewerage system. In 1915, C. M. Rogers started work on the
Cocoa-Merritt Island Bridge and in 1919 he was again chief engineer for the
C.M. Rogers was much
respected for his integrity and character, and his opinions were sought by
national, state, and community leaders. He married Louise F. Mannl in 1905 and by her had nine
There are 21 copies of
early U.S. Field Notes from which Rogers and his father worked. The early
copies were hand written while later ones were typed. The original field notes
were done between 1834 and 1888 but it is unknown when the copies were made.
Also included are ten hand-written survey maps of lands in
Brevard County. These were drawn in the 19th Century. In addition,
there are nine survey plats drawn in the early
The collection deals
mostly with Rogers’ construction of three bridges in
County, Florida, and the laying out and paving of roads in
Cocoa and Merritt Island. The Cocoa-Merritt Island Bridge was completed in 1917.
Rogers’ correspondence includes: itemized cost estimates,
methods of procedure, notice to bidders, and a hand-written list of contractors
and the payments to them. Included are many letters
proposals from various companies and some local businesses. There is an
advertisement promoting the sale of gold bonds. This document describes in
detail the assets of the surrounding area, particularly the city of
Later, the roads on
Island were laid out
and paved, and a bridge across the Banana River to Cocoa Beach was completed in 1923.
Rogers had an assistant, W.J. Weir, and this collection
includes his many hand-written progress reports.
Melbourne-Indialantic Bridge was completed in 1921... These papers include
Rogers’ correspondence with Ernest Kouwen-Hoven, the developer of
Rogers’ chief assistant was, again, W.J.Weir and his many hand written progress reports are
The collection also
includes papers on the drainage in West Palm Beach in 1903, the Fort Pierce public works system from 1911 to 1914, St. Lucie
roadwork in 1912, and the Daytona Bridge in 1923.
Rogers claimed that some people, including Mayor Titus were
trying to defame him. An indictment was brought against Rogers & Rogers and
then annulled in 1918.
The collection is
organized into 6 series
U.S. Field Notes
Cocoa-Merritt Island Bridge
Cocoa and Merritt Island Roadwork
Banana River Bridge (from Merritt Island to Cocoa Beach)
Pierce Public Works
The collection is
arranged by series and then in chronological order within the series. The
survey maps are catalogued and stored in the map drawers.
C.M. Rogers’ three
granddaughters (Mary McFall, Elizabeth Sarver, and
Julia Childs) donated these papers and maps between 1998 and
There are no
restrictions on access.
Rogers, C.M. (Clarence Mord) -
Florida - Surveyors - 19th century
Florida - Construction projects - early 20th
Florida - Survey maps - Brevard County
U.S. Field Notes Series Listed by Township, Range, Surveyor, and
1 T 17 R30 1834
2 T16 R33 includes T19 R32 1835
3 T18 R34 Henry Washington 1844
4 T 23,24 R36 A.H. Jones 1844
5 T30 R38,39 1844
6 T42 R43 A.H. Jones 1845. Resurveyed W.J. Reyes 1858
7 T18 R32 F.L. Ming 1835. H. Washington
1843 . Geo.Houston 1846
8 T20 R35, also 19/35, 19/33. Jos R.
Richard, H. Washington, David Burr
9 T18,19 R34 C.C. Tracy. 1848
Folder 10 T16,17 R29,30 A.W. Randolph 1849
Folder 11 T10 R25 A.
Folder 12 T18 R34
David H. Burr 1850
Folder 13 T18 R35
Folder 14 T32 R40
William S. Harris 1859
Folder 15 T57 R42
M.A. Williams 1872
Folder 16 T63 R38
C.F. Smith 1873
Folder 17 T67 R27
C.F. Smith 1873
Folder 18 T17,18 R29 includes 18/30 1852
Folder 19 T17 R34
David H. Barr 1849
Folder 20 T21 R35
Folder 21 T31 R31,32
Cocoa - Merritt Island Bridge Series
1 1913. Handwritten letter from Otto Grosse
pertaining to a mass meeting to discuss a bridge from
2 1915. “Method of Procedure”.
Handwritten and signed by Rogers.
3 1915-1917. Soundings, test borings, and dredge
4 1915. Requests from various companies to
furnish lumber, reinforced concrete & steel, and draw bridge.
Itemized estimate of total cost
5 1915. More requests from companies interested in
6 1916 Feb-May. Correspondence with Gus Edwards
and local businesses concerning approval of bonds and type of
A six page draft of the bridge
7 1916. Advertisement for sale of gold bonds to
finance bridge. Gives a glowing account of
Cocoa and “Merritt’s
8 1916 July . Notice To
9 1916 Aug. Inquiries & proposals from
Folder 10 1916 Sept. More inquiries &
11 1916-1917 More inquiries & proposals.
Folder 12 Handwritten list
of contractors and payments to them.
Cocoa and Merritt
13 1915, 1916. Estimates on paving Cocoa roads.
Notice To Bidders.
14 1917. Cost of bridge and
connecting roads on Merritt Island. Also a letter from A.A. Buck suggesting using “shell
from convenient shell
mounds” to resurface the marl roads.
Folder 15 1918-1920.
Includes 5 letters from Gus Edwards on the different routes
across Merritt Island to
New Found Harbor.
Melbourne-Indialantic Bridge Series
1 1917-1921. Letters to obtain permits.
Letters to companies and individuals interested in
construction of bridge.
2 1917-1918. Correspondence between Rogers and
Rogers agrees to do “all necessary engineering and
for 10% of the cost of the bridge.
3 1919-1921. More
Rogers and Kouwen-Hoven correspondence.
4 Invoices from Kouwen-Hoven’s
5 1919. Letters between Rogers and W.J.
Weir. Includes Weir’s hand written progress
6 Typed transcripts of Weir’s reports.
7 Advertisements for Indialantic-By-the-Sea. Reprint of picture of the
Public Works System Series
8 1911-1914. Water works and sewer
9 1912-1913 Electric Light plant.
Folder 10 Typed outline
of above correspondence done by Rogers’ granddaughters. There is a brief description of the
contents, grouped by correspondent.