Monday, September 4, 2017

Charles Henry Harris



Photographer: C. H. Harris
Blair, Nebraska
(reverse too dark to scan)

The whereabouts of Charles Harris before 1880 are pretty sketchy. He was born in New York but there is no record of when he left there. There is some evidence that he was enlisted with the Union army in the US civil war, 1861- 1865.

Also there is an imprint on a cabinet card mentioned on an Ancestry message board, "From C. H. Harris's Gallery, west of O. V. Palmer & Co.'s Store, Blair Nebraska". According to Andreas' History of Nebraska, O V Palmer’s store was in operation in Blair, NE, from 1874 to 1881.

Apparently, Charles Henry Harris was in Omaha, NE, for only a very short time. The 1880 US census lists him as photographer that year. The Omaha, NE, city directories for the years before and after do not include a listing for him. In 1891, eleven years later, he is married in Henry, IL. His daughter Eva was born in Rock Island, IL, Aug 1897

Except for a couple years in Houston, TX, he spends the rest of his life in Davenport, IA. He worked mostly as a photographer but also was a real estate agent in 1910 and an elevator operator in 1915.

The cabinet card here must have been finished around 1874 - 1879.

Charles Henry Harris
(1842 - 1928)

1842 Jul 02
New York, Charles Henry Harris is born.

1874 - 1881
Blair, NE, some evidence that Harris had a studio in Blair for a short time between these dates
1878 - 1879
Omaha, NE, city directory no listing for Harris
1880 Jun 11
US census Omaha, NE, as photographer
1881 - 1883
Omaha, NE, city directory no listing for Harris
1882
Moline, IL, city directory no listing
1891 Nov 07
Henry, IL, marriage to Fannie Harnen
1897 Aug
Rock Island, IL, birth of daughter Eva
1899
Moline, IL, city directory as photographer ss Dickson e 3rd
1900 Jun 15
US census Black Hawk, IL, as photographer
1901
Moline, IL, city directory as photographer
1906
Davenport, IA, city directory as photographer at 512 W 4th; res 409 Western
1908
Davenport, IA, city directory as photographer at 112 w 4th; res 411 ½ Western

1909
Davenport, IA, city directory as photographer at 411 ½ Western
1910
US census Davenport, IA, as real estate agent, res 411 ½ Western; Davenport city directory lists as photographer at 325 Brady, res 411 ½ Brady
1911
Houston, TX, city directory as photographer 2015 Gentry
1912
Houston, TX, city directory as photographer 110 w Ash
1913
Davenport, IA, city directory as no occupation shown; res 1110 w 6th
1914
Davenport, IA, city directory as photographer; res 1110 w 6th
1915
Iowa state census as elevator operator; res 1110 w 6th
1920
US census, Davenport, IA, as photographer; res 207 1/3 Brady st
1925
Iowa state census as resident of Old Soldiers Home
1928 Dec 15
Davenport, IA, Charles Henry Harris dies of senility and arterial sclerosis.

Not the one you were looking for? Here's the photographer's INDEX by name. Listed here are all the Cabinet Card photographers of the 19th century found in LOST GALLERY. This is a work in progress. For a look at the original postings go to LOST GALLERY.

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