Saturday, September 1, 2018

Franklin George Abell

Photographer: Abell & Priest
Bancroft Building
723 Market Street
S F Cal

Typical city directory ad

Franklin George Abell
(1844 - 20 Jul 1910)

All data from US census and city directories

born in Roscoe, Winnebago County, Illinois, on September 20
family moves to Petaluma CA
tries out working in the mining industry in eastern OR
returns to California to pursue a career in photography
1863 Oct 01
marries Catherine Celissa Lauder
1863 - 1872
joins the gallery of William Shew to learn photography
1879 1882
opens own gallery 167-169 First Portland, OR
1884 - 1887
gallery operates as Abell and Son, 29 Washington, Portland, OR
returns to San Francisco, CA, to open a gallery
1889 - 1891
returns to San Francisco, CA, where he and Charles F. Priest open gallery at 723 Market
US census finds him back in Portland, OR
marries second wife Viola Baker in Orange, CA
1906 - 1907
opens a new gallery at 724 Johnson in Portland, OR
1908 - 1910
moves gallery to 631 Provident, Tacoma, WA
dies in Tacoma, WA, at age 64 and is buried in Portland, OR

Charles F. Priest
(6 Jun 1852 - 5 Mar 1916)

All data from San Francisco, CA, city directories and US census

Priest born in Massachusetts
now living in San Francisco, CA
1873 - 1874
as carpenter for stepfather William H. Smith; res 730 Folsom, San Francisco, CA
1875 - 1878
as carpenter for stepfather William H. Smith; res 1033 Howard, San Francisco, CA
US census says working as carpenter, city directory says working as machinist; res 18 ½ Rausch, San Francisco, CA

as brushmaker living at 18 ½ Rausch, San Francisco, CA
1882 - 1883
as brushmaker living at 323 Minna, San Francisco, CA
Marries Frances C Lauder
as carpenter again; res 427 9th, San Francisco, CA
1889 - 1891
as photographer with Franklin George Abell at 723 Market, top floor, San Francisco, CA
as photographer at 723 Market but Abell is not mentioned
1897 - 1900
as photographer at 2518 Mission, San Francisco, CA
1901 - 1915
as photographer at 2532 Mission, San Francisco, CA
Priest dies in San Francisco, CA, age 63

A very detailed review of Franklin George Abell's life is at Historic Photo Archive

This cabinet card must have been finished in that short time between 1889 and 1891 when Abell and Priest worked together in San Francisco, CA.

photographer Abell and Son
29 Washington St. Portland, OR
Example from auction site

reverse of card on the left

Example from auction site

These cards would have been finished between 1884 and 1887 when Abell and son worked together.
Update 13 Aug 2018

Photographer: Abell, Portland, OR
example from Ken on Flickr

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