This company was formed on 9 July 1908 as Rogers & Jackson Ltd to take over an ironmonger's business in Wrexham previously carried on by E.L. Rogers and C.E. Jackson. The business had originally been started in 1815 by William Overton, Grocer and Ironmonger, in Charles Street, Wrexham. In the early 1860s the business was acquired by Alfred Owen of Wrexham, and, in developing the business under the style Alfred Owen, Proprietor, General and Furnishing Ironmonger and Agricultural Implement Warehouse, High Street, Wrexham, he built a large agricultural warehouse in Chester. In 1884 he transferred the business to E.E. Rogers (his brother-in-law) and J.E. Jackson but retained a financial interest and the business was continued under the style Rogers & Jackson, Ironmongers. In 1900 the elder sons of the partners took over the business from their fathers. In 1908 C.E. Jackson died and the business was converted into a private limited company on 9 July. A.E. Owen was appointed a director and later chairman until his death in 1929. A.G.B. Owen was appointed a director in 1931 and chairman in 1943. Rubery, Owen & Co. Ltd took up shares in the company in 1936 and also in 1945. A further acquisition of 4,560 shares from the trustees of the late E.L. Rogers, a former chairman and managing director, gave Rubery, Owen & Co. Ltd control of the company. The business of the company developed steadily from the original ironmonger's shop. At its three premises in Wrexham it sold builders' supplies, grates, bathroom and sanitary fittings, and also china, furniture, travelling goods and a wide range of other products. The company also sold these articles at their branches at Colwyn Bay, Oswestry, and City Road, London. Agricultural machinery, farm sundries and dairy equipment were sold at Wrexham and Mold, and at Oswestry there was a showroom for Massey-Ferguson tractors and agricultural machinery and a workshop for their repair and maintenance. Also at Oswestry the company acted as authorised distributors for Shell-Mex and BP Ltd for paraffin, gas oil, and similar products. The company also supplied and erected farm buildings and heating installations and was a distributor of building materials.
Reference: Catalogue to the Collection.