Tuesday, April 10, 2018

John Alfred Lindgren

Cabnet Card baby on  wicker chair
photographer: Lindgren
Greenville, TX

John Alfred Lindgren
(1847 - 1909)

Sources: city directories, US census, newspaper items as noted; some children’s births are included to show his location in those years

1847 Sep 24,
Sundswall, Sweden, John Alfred Lindgren is born
1870
J A Lindgren arrives in the US
1878
Waxahatchie (TX) Enterprise, small ad for Williams & Lindgren gallery; it is not known at this time WHICH photographer Williams was the partner here, there were several possible
1880
Johnson County, TX, US census, J A Lindgren as photographer living at boarding house
1882 Oct, Nov, Dec,
Galveston (TX) Daily News, small ad repeated 20 plus times
1886 Jun 16,
Johnson, TX, J A Lindgren marries Jean Nettie Hammons
1887 Jan 03,
Fort Worth Gazette, news item about Lindgren as fireman in Cleburne, TX

1891 May 15,
Galveston Daily News item about Lindgren as chief fireman at Cleburne, TX
1892 Jan 27,
Cleburne, TX, state records, son James A Lindgren is born
1893 Sep 22,
Greenville, TX, state records, son Richard Louis Lindgren is born
1894 Dec 23,
Galveston (TX) Daily News, small news item about stolen lenses in Cleburne, TX
1895 Jun 01,
Greenville (TX) Banner news item about gallery opening in Greenville
1900 Jun 07,
Greenville, TX, US census as photographer; res West Washington st
1905 Sep 10,
Cleburne, TX, state records, son Edward Moore Lindgren is born
1907
Cleburne, TX, city directory as real estate agent; res 417 n Wilhite
1909
Cleburne, TX, city directory as real estate agent; res 417 n Wilhite
1909 Nov 11
Cleburne, TX, John Alfred Lindgren dies at age 62

It is not known if Lindgren kept a gallery in Cleburne, TX, after taking over the Knight Gallery in Greenville, TX, but probably not. It appears he operated in Greenville, TX between 1895 and 1900, returning then to Cleburne, TX.

At the left is an example from photographer Lindgren, apparently done after June 1895 when Lindgren took over the Greenville studio from Fayette W Knight

Waxahachie (TX)enterprise - 30 Aug 1878

Galveston (TX) Daily News - 31 Oct 1882

Ran 20 plus times Oct, Now, Dec, 1882

Gainsville (TX) Daily Hesperian - 15 May 1888

Galveston (TX) Daily News - 15 May 1891

Galveston Daily News - 23 Dec 1894

Greenville (TX) Banner - 01 Jun 1895


CDV example above from Lens on the Frontier

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

J A Rogers



Photographer: J A Rogers
Uhrichsville, OH

reverse of the card at the left

Photographer: J A Rogers
Uhrichsville, OH

reverse of the card at the left

The two cabinet cards above contributed by the family of William Birdsall Bullers and Great Granddaughters of John Lewis “Pop” Bullers .


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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

William Henry James


Photographer: James
126 Clinton, Iowa City, IA

Photographer: James
126 Clinton, Iowa City, IA

William Henry James
(1857 - 1937

Sources: US census, city directories, newspaper ads as shown

1857 04 Sep

Providence, RI, William Henry James born to John and Katherine James
1870
Iowa City, IA US census as student
1878 0ct 21
Johnson County records, marriage to Nancy Workman Fairall
1880
Iowa City, IA, US census as photographer at 208 Clinton
1900
Iowa City, IA, US census as photographer at 126 Clinton
1901
Iowa City, IA, city directory as photographer; wife Nancy W also listed as photographer and listed in the business pages as N W James, photographer at 126 Clinton; res for both at 227 e College
1901 - 1902
Polk's IA State Gazetteer and Business Directory lists James, N W, photographer, Iowa City, IA

1903 Jun 25
Iowa City (IA) Press Citizen, newspaper ad for studio at 126 Clinton
1904
Iowa City, IA, city directory W H James and wife N W James as photographers, no listing in business pages; res at 215 s Johnson
1905 Mar through Jun
Iowa City (IA) Press Citizen Newspaper ad for studio at 126 Clinton
1909 Apr 13
Iowa City (IA) Press Citizen Newspaper ad shows Dove Sisters Millinery at 126 Clinton
1909
Iowa City, IA, city directory as photographer with Frank Crawford as James and Crawford at 215 e College
1909 May 01
From Leading Events in Johnson County Iowa History, 1913, p. 528: W H James retires
1910
Iowa City, IA, US census as “own Income”; res 529 e College
1911
Iowa City, IA, city directory, no occupation listed; res 529 e College
1915
Iowa City, IA, city directory NOT listed


1918
Iowa City, IA, city directory, no occupation listed; res 509 s Clinton
1919
Iowa City, IA, city directory, no occupation listed; res 527 e College
1920
Iowa City, IA, US census, no occupation listed; res 527 College st
1925
wife Nancy Workman Fairall dies at age 63
1937
San Diego, CA, William Henry James dies at age 79

The cabinet cards above were done when James had a studio at 126 Clinton. The records found show that the studio was at that address for sure, from June 1900 to April 1909. No records have been found on W H James between 1880 and 1900 so it cannot be established exactly when the studio started at that address but it was there in 1900. The two cabinet cards above would have been finished sometime in that decade.

Iowa City (IA) Press Citizen - 25 Jun 1903

Iowa City (IA) Press Citizen - 25 Apr 1905

Iowa City (IA) Press Citizen - 13 Apr 1909

This ad shows that
the James photograph studio
was NOT at 126 Clinton on this date.
Quad City(Davenport, IA)Times - 13 Apr 1937

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Leonard Harry Morse



photographer L H Morse
What Cheer, IA

Leonard Harry Morse
(1832 - 1912)

Timeline sources: US census, city directories, Craig’s Camera, Pioneer Photographers by Palmquist and Kailbourn

1832 Aug 16
Worchester, MA, Leonard Harry Morse is born to Sylvanus Morse and Elizabeth Harrington
1850 Aug 19
Worchester, MA, UA census, Morse at 19 is listed as a daguerreotypist with his older brother Augustus
1852
Worchester, MA, partnered with G Adams as daguerrian at Brinley Row
1854
Worchester, MA, as daguerrian as 188 Main st; boarding at 43 Salem
1855, 1856
Worchester, MA, city directory NOT listed
1856
Richmond VA, city directory, working at Whitehurst’s gallery at 77 Main (Cannot find confirmation for this)

1856 - 1861
Davenport, IA, city directory as photographer with Morse and Egbert cor of Brady and 2nd (Source: Pioneer Photographers by Palmquist and Kailbourn)
1860 Mar 13
Davenport, IA, L H Morse marries Anna Marie Shepherd
1861
Davenport, IA, city directory as photographer at s e cor of 2nd and Main
1863
Davenport, IA, city directory as photographer at Davenport’s Block, Main and 2nd
1867
Davenport, IA, city directory no occupation listed; res Main and Spring; East Davenport
1868
Davenport, IA, city directory as photographer; res Main and Spring
1870
Davenport, IA, city directory as photographer with P Olmsted and Morse; res Perry
1876 - 1878
Davenport, IA, city directory as photographer at 509 Brady


1879
Davenport, IA, city directory not available
1879 May 08
Rock Island, IL, state register, L H Morse marries Mary Elizabeth Russell
1880, 1881
Davenport, IA, city directory NOT listed
1885
Farmington, IA, Iowa state census, as photographer
1900 Jun 06
Garfield, IA, US census as restaurant mamager
1909
Waterloo, IA, city directory NOT listed
1910 Apr 22
Waterloo, IA, US census as retired; city directory shows res 1311 w 2nd
1912 Feb 17
Waterloo, IA, state records, Leonard harry Morse dies

Nothing has been found so far that documents exactly when Morse was in What Cheer, IA. It was probably a temporary studio during the time his main studio was in Davenport, IA, as they are only about 90 miles apart.


Here’s a recap of locations where Morse apparently ran his own studio
188 Main Worchester, MA as daguerrian 1854
Brady and 2nd st, Davenport, IA, as Morse and Egbert, 1856 - 1861
2nd and Main, Davenport, IA, as Morse, 1861 - 1863
Main and Spring, Davenport, IA, as Morse, 1867 - 1868
Davenport, IA, as P Olmsted and Morse, 1870
509 Brady, Davenport, IA, 1876 - 1878
Farmington, IA, as Morse, 1885
No records after 1885 show Morse as a photographer.

The style of the card at the top indicates it is probably from about 1875 to 1880.



The style of this card indicates it is from about 1870
Contributed by the family of William Birdsall Bullers and Great Granddaughters of John Lewis “Pop” Bullers

CDV found on auction site
Unfortunately, the reverse showing the photographer name is not available.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

William Birdsall Bullers


Portrait of William Birdsall Bullers

William Birdsall Bullers
(31 Dec 1855 - 12 Oct 1914)

Timeline sources: Past and Present of Mahaska Co., IA by Manoah Hedge; US census; city directories

1862
at seven years old William working in coal mine; education is very limited

1870
US census shows William (age 15) and father John as Coal Miners in Mahanoy, Schuylkill Co., PA living with his parents and siblings.

1877 Apr 29
Bullers family with William move to Delta, IA

1880
US census; William, his parents and two of his siblings now reside in newly named What Cheer, IA; the census lists him as a Coal miner as well as his father and 12-year-old brother Sam; William works at coal mining for about 3 years

1882
William is in What Cheer, IA, and marries Mary Louise Gruber. Also, in 1882 he started his own studio in What Cheer. It is unknown when he opened a studio for sure at Muchakinock, IA.

Sometime after about 1883 he begins work with photographer W R Wheeler possibly as an apprentice to start.

Their first three sons William Gruber Bullers in 1887, Perry Ferguson Bullers in 1889, John Lewis Bullers in 1892 are all born in What Cheer, Iowa.

It is during this time William Bullers traveled by train to a town where a car could be left on a siding. Photographs could be taken using the train car as a studio, spending up to week in each town. Then the train would pick up the car and take it to next town, and the next, etc. He would take pictures in every little town along the rail line.

1884-1885
What Cheer, IA city directory; as photographer

In 1889 William Bullers was elected on the Republican ticket to the office of Township Clerk which he served four years.

1892
What Cheer, Iowa birth records, birth of son John, certificate mentions William Bullers is a photographer

In 1893 he moved his family to Oskaloosa, IA, where he opened a studio on 216 West High Street. At some point in time he worked with a photographer named Hart in this studio.

1896
William opens a studio on Market Street, Oskaloosa, IA

In 1897 youngest son Thomas Casey Bullers is born in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
He moved his studio to 116 North Market Street, Oskaloosa.
It was with his encouragement that three of his sons began and, also pursued the photography business off and on in their own lives.

1900
Oskaloosa, IA, US census as photographer

1901
Oskaloosa, IA, Polk's IA State Gazetteer and Business Directory as photographer

1910 Apr 30
Lincoln, IA, US census as photographer with Picture Gallery

October 12, 1914
William Birdsall Bullers died at his home after being ill for 3 months, at the age of 58 years.

William’s son, John Lewis Bullers, starting in 1907 at the age of 15, worked the Photography business all but a few years of his life until his death in 1968 thirty-six of those years at his studio, aptly named Bullers Studio in Williamsburg, Iowa.

All material on this page contributed by the family of William Birdsall Bullers and Great Granddaughters of John Lewis “Pop” Bullers .



William Bullers
What Cheer, IA

William Bullers
Muchakinock, IA
This example dated 1894

William Bullers
216 w High, Oskaloosa, IA
This example dated 1893

Hart and Bullers
216 w High, Oskaloosa, IA
This example dated 1895



reverse of the card at the left
William Bullers
What Cheer, IA


reverse of the card at the left
Wheeler and Bullers
What Cheer, IA

Bullers
116 n Market
Oskaloosa, IA
This appears to be a cropped
Cabinet Card



Bullers
116 n Market, Oskaloosa, IA
This example dated 1898

Wm Bullers, What Cheer, IA


reverse of the card on the left



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Monday, March 19, 2018

J B Dettmer

Cabinet Card woman portrait
Photographer: J B Dettmer
Walnut and Howard sts
Muncie, IND.
Cabinet Card woman portrait
written on reverse:
Minnie Laudig

J B Dettmer

The life of photographer J B Dettmer was difficult to follow. Not only was Dettmer a rather popular name in the 19th century, there were two or three people with the name J B Dettmer in that era, living in the vicinity of Muncie, IN. There was also a street in Ohio, a hospital and a baseball player with the name.

To further complicate matters, the photographer J B Dettmer moved around a lot, had several partners and kept himself out of the newspapers. Judging from his business activities by 1880, it must be assumed that photographer J B Dettmer was born about 1860. It also appears that he never married so the photographer John B Dettmer Jr that appears in some 1920’s San Francisco, CA, city directories was probably from another family line of Dettmers.

Here then is a timeline following the Ohio photographer J B Dettmer including many notations of where he wasn’t to help establish where he could have been in some of the record gaps.

Timeline
1860
Cincinnati, OH, according to Artists in Ohio, John Dettmer is born
1875 - 1879
Cincinnati, OH, city directory NOT listed
1880
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer 100 w 4th
1881
Cincinnati, OH, city directory NOT listed
1882
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer; bds 489 w 6th
1882
Covington, KY, city directory NOT listed; Mamie Dettmer listed at 163 Madison
1883
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer with J D Skewes at 102 w 5th
1884
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer with J D Skewes; Skews also has gallery in Covington, KY, at 222 W 5th
1884
Covington, KY, city directory as photographer at 163 Madison; Mamie Dettmer at same address

- continued in next row -

1885
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer with Heckle and Dettmer (William S Heckle) at
1886
Cincinnati, OH, city directory missing pages 181-826
1886
Covington, KY, city directory as photographer (Dettmar); res Jos. Heckle’s; Mamie Dettmer at same address; Business pages as Heckle and Dettmer, 402 Freeman av
1887
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer with Heckle and Dettmer (William S Heckle) at
1888
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer at 402 Freeman; res same
1888
Covington, KY, city directory NOT listed
1889
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer at 1047 w 8th; res same
1889
Muncie, IN, city directory NOT listed in res pages or bus pages (earliest available)
1890
Cincinnati, OH, city directory NOT listed in res pages or bus pages
1890 Jul 12
Richmond (IN) Item, news item as photographer at 18 s 13th st; formerly with M H Watts

1890 Jul
Richmond, (IN) Item, four small ads for studio at 18 s 13th
1890 Nov 08
Muncie (IN) Evening Press news item “50 years ago today” says Dettmer had studio at cor of Howard and Walnut
1891 Jan 25
Muncie (IN) Evening Press news item “50 Years Ago Today” says Dettmer had studio on Walnut opposite the National Hotel (which was at 500-506 s Walnut)
1897 - 1899
Muncie, IN, city directory NOT listed
1903
Richmond, IN, city directory as photographer (Dettmar)
1908
Cincinnati, OH, city directory NOT listed in res pages or bus pages
1909
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer (Dettmar) at swc Vine and Liberty; res 940 Findlay; not shown in business pages
1910
Cincinnati, OH, city directory NOT listed


The cabinet card example at the top must have been finished in that period around 1890 - 1891 when he was found in Muncie, IN, city directories.

Richmond (IN) Item - 12 Jul 1890

Richmond (IN) Item - ad ran four times in July, 1890

The (Muncie, IN) Star Press - 27 Apr 1913

and below, apparently a sideline ...
The Indianapolis Star Sun - 11 May 1913

The Muncie (IN) Evening Press - 08 Nov 1940
50 years ago is 08 Nov 1890


Muncie (IN) evening Press - 25 Jan 1941
50 years ago would be 25 Jan 1891

Artists In Ohio - Jeffery Weidman

Although this birth date is probably accurate, no documents have been found for support

Example found at an auction site
studio at 402 Freeman Av. Cincinnati, OH

example from Conkle Family Collection
studio address Walnut and Howard streets
Muncie, IN

unknown source
studio address Walnut and Howard streets
Muncie, IN

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F W Curtiss

Cabinet Card Young Man
Photographer: F W Curtiss, Madison, Wis
(F W Curtiss was the son of
photographer E R Curtiss)
Cabinet Card Young man reverse

Here is an example of what happens when cabinet cards are stacked together for decades, undisturbed in a shoe box on the top shelf of the closet. The image of a photograph in the stack transfers to the reverse of the next image in the stack.

Frederick Willard Curtiss
(1860 - 1943)

Sources: city directories, US census, newspaper items as shown

1860 Feb 11

Madison, WI, Frederick Willard Curtiss is born to Edwin Rodney Curtiss and Eva A. Lingenfelter
1866
Madison, WI, city directory Edward R Curtis, photographist, badger block, Pinckney; res west canal n Mifflin; F W Curtiss NOT listed
1868, 1871, 1873, 1875, 1877
Madison, WI, city directory F W Curtiss NOT listed; father E R Curtiss listed at over 42 Pinkney; res 31 Canal
1880
Madison, WI, city directory, as photographer; bds cor Mifflin and w Canal (works for father, E R Curtiss)
1883
Madison, WI, city directory as operator at E R Curtiss; res ss State 4 e Gilman
1885
Madison, WI, city directory as operator at E R Curtiss; res 404 n Henry
1886, 1888
Madison, WI, city directory as operator at E R Curtiss; res sw cor N Hancock and Muffin

1890
Madison, WI, city directory as operator at E R Curtiss; res 317 E Mifflin
1894
Madison, WI, city directory; business pages only as photographer at 23 e Main, 2nd fl; res pages 97 through 112 are unavailable; Edwin R Curtiss as photographer at Pioneer blk
1896, 1898
Madison, WI, city directory as photographer at 3rd fl 23 E Main; res e Mifflin
1900, 1902, 1904, 1907
Madison, WI, city directory as photographer at 4th fl 108 State; res e Mifflin
1909, 1911, 1914
Madison, WI, city directory as photographer 4th fl 108 State; res Adams
1916
Madison, WI, city directory as photographer; res 2010 Adams; not listed in business pages
1917
Madison, WI, city directory res listing only; 2010 Adams
1918 Feb 24
Wisconsin State Journal newspaper ad stating that the Reierson Studio is in possession of all of the negatives from E R and F W Curtiss studios. This might indicate that both have retired.


1919
Madison, WI, city directory res listing only 123 e Gorham
1920 Jul 31
Wisconsin State Journal newspaper ad indicates that the negatives from E R and FW Curtiss are back in the possession of F W Curtiss.
1921, 1923
Madison, WI, city directory res listing only 123 e Gorham
1925
Madison, WI, city directory as artist; res listing only 123 e Gorham
1927, 1929
Madison, WI, city directory as photographer; res listing only 123 e Gorham
1930
Madison, WI, US census: It appears the enumerator just skipped 123 e Gorham for the 1930 census. Although Frederick Curtiss and wife Katherine and her sister E Estelle Abbott were together at 123 Gorham in the 1940 census, the 1929 and 1931 Madison, WI, city directories, none of the three names can be found in the 1930 census.
1931, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1939
Madison, WI, city directory as photographer; res listing only 123 e Gorham

1940
Madison, WI, US census as no occupation listed; res 123 Gorham
1941
Madison, WI, city directory NOT listed
1943
Madison, WI, city directory NOT listed
1943 Jul 13
Madison, WI, F W Curtiss dies at age 83

It appears that FW Curtiss worked in his father’s studio until about 1894.
His own studio was at:
23 e Main in 1894 through 1898.
108 State in 1900 through 1914
Then from 1916 on he is not listed in the business pages, giving only his home address of 123 Gorham. He could have been working out of his home address after 1914, as many of the early photographers did, but the city directory listings do not indicate this.

The cabinet card in this collection shows no address so it could have been done any time between 1894 and 1914. The design of the card would indicate 1895 or after.

Wisconsin State Journal - 24 Feb 1918

Wisconsin State Journal - 31 Jul 1920

Wisconsin State Journal - 14 Jul 1943


Wisconsin State Journal - 25 Jul 1943

Wisconsin State Journal - 21 Dec 1946

Wisconsin State Journal - 31 Jan 1921

Actually, the above is probably not exactly accurate. The city directories indicate the studio was already located at 108 State in 1900. The studio remained at that address until 1914.


Example from auction site
Dating of an example like the above will not be very accurate as no studio address is shown and indeed, WHICH Curtiss is not indicated.

It should be noted that there were at least four other photographers of the era named Curtiss.
Curtiss, Frank H, New Haven, CT
Curtiss, Nathan S, Syracuse, NY
Curtiss, Charles E, New Haven, CT
Curtiss, D A, Port Byron, IL

Nathan Selah Curtis, photographer in Syracuse, NY, was the brother of Edwin Rodney Curtiss. Edwin Rodney Curtiss was the father of Frederick Willard Curtiss, the photographer reviewed on this page.

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