Tuesday, September 5, 2017

F J Kesler

Photographer: Kesler
Newport, Arkansas

Although the connections are a bit sketchy, it appears that the photographer at Newport, AR, was Felix John Kesler (1842-1910). There are no documents showing he was ever in Newport, AR, but at the time, there were no other photographers named Kesler any closer. F. J. Kesler lived in St. Louis, MO, from 1900 to his death in 1910. Saint Louis is just about 200 miles from Newport.

Although it is fairly certain that he moved to Saint Louis, MO, in 1900, between then and 1910 his appearances in the Saint Louis city directories is spotty, as if he may have moved around a bit.

Timeline facts
1842 Sep 14
born in Montgomery, TX
1865 Nov 30
marries Henrietta Louisa Kuhl in Beardstown, IL
US census as photographer at s 4th st

1901 - 1903
NOT in the Saint Louis, MO, city directory
Saint Louis, MO, city directory lists John Kesler as Insurance agent at 2730 Lucas (This is probably not the photographer)
1905 - 1907
NOT in Saint Louis, MO, business section, res section not available
Saint Louis, MO, city directory as photographer at 6130 Clayton
NOT in the Saint Louis, MO, city directory
1910 Apr 27
US census as photographer at 6013 Besthold st, Saint Louis, MO
1910 Oct 15
dies in Saint Louis, MO, at age 68

If these documents are correct, the cabinet card here was probably finished after the move to Saint Louis in 1910.

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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