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Special Collections: Guide to the Charles Rogers Ireland Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
June 2008

Collection title: Charles Rogers Ireland Papers
Collection number: MS 260
Dates of collection: 1835-1925
Size of collection: 2 boxes + ledgers
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval


Charles Rogers Ireland was born in 1854 in Stetson, Maine, the son of William B. and Mary A. Rogers Ireland. He attended the Maine Central Institute and Maine State Normal School in Castine and was a graduate of Eastman’s Business College, Poughkeepsie, New York. In 1874 he became a partner in his father’s dry goods and grocery business in Stetson, purchasing his father’s part of the business about two years later. A letterhead included in the collection lists him as a “dealer in dry goods, groceries, hardware, crockery, hats and caps, boots and shoes, clothing, fancy goods, etc.” In addition to his business, in 1877 he was appointed postmaster in Stetson. He was also a member of the Maine legislature in 1925. He married Jennie M. Dunning in 1893 and they had two children: William Dunning Ireland and Dorothy Rogers Ireland.

William B. Ireland, the father of Charles Rogers Ireland, was born in Corinth, Maine, in 1826, moving as a child to Newport, Maine. At age twenty-two, he became a clerk for E.G. Allen and later worked for Plaisted & Co., both businesses in Stetson. When he was thirty-one years old, he went into business for himself, later selling the business to his son Charles. William Ireland then turned his attention to farming. He was a selectman in Stetson and was a member of the Maine legislature in 1877. In 1852 he married Mary A. Rogers, the daughter of James and Clarissa Rogers of Wolfeboro, N.H., and they had two children: Charles R. Ireland and Edward B. Ireland.

James Rogers, the father-in-law of William B. Ireland, was born in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, in 1798, and married Clarissa H. Wiggin there. He came to Stetson in 1833, settling on a farm there. He was a selectman in Stetson for several years and also served two terms in the Maine legislature. He died in 1878. His son John Rogers was born in Wolfeboro in 1826, coming to Stetson with his parents when he was seven years old. He attended academies in Foxcroft and East Corinth and taught school for a few years. He was a selectman, clerk, treasurer and trial justice for the town of Stetson and served in the Maine House of Representatives in 1858 and in the Maine Senate in 1878 and 1879.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains personal papers and business records of Charles R. Ireland as well as a few papers of other members of the Ireland family. It also contains a few personal papers of James Rogers and his son John Rogers.

The majority of the collection contains business ledgers and invoices to Wm. B. Ireland & Son and C.R. Ireland for goods purchased for their dry goods and grocery business in Stetson. Records from the post office in Stetson are also included.

Contents of Boxes

Box 1


1 Mary A. Ireland: Will, Feb. 4, 1884

2 Charles R. Ireland: Letters, personal, business, political papers, 1875-1925

3 Political and governmental material, 1920s

4 William D. Ireland: Penmanship manual

5-9 Wm. B. Ireland & Son: Bills, 1872-1876

10-16 C.R. Ireland: Bills, 1877-1882

17-19 U.S. Post Office, Stetson, Maine: Records, 1874-1883

Box 2

1 U.S. Post Office, Stetson, Maine: Records, 1881-1883

2 U.S. Post Office, Stetson: Postal receipts, 1874, 1883-1887

3 Unidentified ledger pages, 1830s, 1860s

4 James Rogers: Letters and legal documents, 1835-1846

5 John Rogers: Letters and bills, 1870s


Daybooks of store purchases, cashbooks, ledgers, 1866-1882

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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