Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Eugene Warren Smith


Photographer
E. W. Smith
Pittsburg, Kan.
See Henry Thomas Hooper page.

Eugene Warren Smith
(1853-1937)

1853
born in Indiana
1870
Springfield, IN, US census as helper in father’s store
1880
Pittsburg, KS, US census as photographer
1886-1908
Many gossipy news items and small display ads chronicle his presence in Pittsburgh, KS
1894 Jan 31
Pittsburgh, KS, newspaper item, moves studio from above Ramsey Bros store to West 3rd St.
1894 Feb-Mar
Pittsburg, KS, multiple small newspaper ads telling E W Smith has moved his studio
1900
Pittsburg, KS, news item storm damages studio
1910
US census as photographer in Pittsburg, KS, res 308 e 9th
1903 - 1906
Pittsburg, KS, newspaper item as photographer at 106 ½ w 3rd

1908 - 1919
Pittsburg, KS, city directory, as photographer at 614 ½ n Broadway
1926 - 1928
Pittsburg, KS, city directory,as photographer at 406 ½ n Broadway
1930
Pittsburg, KS, city directory as photographer at 410 ½ n Broadway
1933
Pittsburg, KS, city directory as photographer, no business address
1937
dies at age 84, still a photographer

Although E. W. Smith traveled a lot he apparently never established a studio anywhere but Pittsburg, KS.

He moved at least three times. Since there is no studio address on this cabinet card, it could have been finished any time between 1880 and 1937 when he died.

The style of the card suggests 1890-1900.

All newspaper clippings are from the Pittsburg Daily Headlight.

Pittsburgh Daily Headlight - 31 Jan 1894

Pittsburgh Daily Headlight - 7 Feb 1894

Pittsburgh Daily Headlight - February, March and April of 1894


Pittsburgh Daily Headlight - 5 Nov 1895

Pittsburgh Daily Headlight - 7 Nov 1895

Pittsburgh Daily Headlight - 29 Apr 1897

Pittsburgh Daily Headlight - 17 May 1900

Pittsburgh Daily Headlight - 18 Dec 1908



The cabinet card at the left is by Hooper and Smith. Henry Thomas Hooper was found and documented fairly well. See Henry Thomas Hooper page.

But there were at least NINE photographers named Smith that could POSSIBLY have been in Washington, KS, for a brief stay, between the years of 1892 and 1909. This is a list:

Smith, Charles P, Topeka, KS
(123 miles to Washington)
Smith, Eugene Warren, Pittsburg, KS (290 miles to Washington)
Smith, Gregory, Ottawa, KS (171 miles to Washington)
Smith, Mrs M E, Chanute, KS; AKA Mrs M E Smith AND Mrs Mary Elizabeth Maters-Smith
Smith, P S, Le Roy, KS (193 miles to Washington)(the same as Peter Smith?)
Smith, Peter, Seneca, KS (71 miles to Washington)(No information found on either)
Smith, R R, Larned, KS (191 miles to Washington)
Smith, Rodrigo Gilbert Leavenworth, KS (144 miles to Washington)
Smith, W H, Pardee, KS, (Pardee is now a ghost town in Atchison county, KS)(117 miles to Washington)

The photographer Smith, of Hooper and Smith, could be any one or none of these. In order to determine which, if any, of these photographers was possibly the one associated with
Henry T Hooper in Washington, KS, a timeline or biography for each was developed.

It appears that Eugene Warren Smith (reviewed above) was NOT the Smith associated with Henry Thomas Hooper in Washington, Kansas.

See the H T Hooper page.

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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