Friday, September 7, 2018

George Houser




Photographer:
Houser's South Side Gallery
Huntington, Ind
(see enhances blind stamp below)

This cabinet card must have been finished by George Houser and the “South Side Gallery” between 1890 and 1896.

This is a rather long and detailed timeline that involves two brothers, George and Reuben Houser as photographers. It shows how they worked together and separately in the photography business.

Reuben Houser was in the photography business in Indiana from about 1875 to 1913.

George Houser stayed in the photography business in Indiana from about 1880 until his death in 1932.

In 1880 according to the US census, George, at 17 assisted Reuben, at 28, in Westville, IN. By June of 1890 they are the “Houser Brothers” working in Michigan City, IN.

In September 1890 George opens his own studio over “Whitlock and Son Southside Grocery” and by November

1890 the Huntington Daily Democrat refers to it as Houser’s “South Side Gallery”. The title continues in ads and news items until December of 1896 when he leases out the gallery in Huntington, IN, to Herman H. Drover. Then, midst a divorce suit with wife Ada, he moves back to Michigan City to again work for his brother, Reuben.

In 1897 George travels to Arkansas to scout for a new location but instead finds a new wife, Mary Catherine Bennett. In 1898 he sells his Huntington gallery to Drover and goes to work for another photographer named Reeves in Huntington. In 1900 George is working as photographer in Union, IN.

In 1900, Reuben Houser is working in Michigan City, IN. In 1905 he is at 113 e Fifth. Note this may be a printing error as in 1910 his studio is shown at 115 e Fifth. Then in 1913 Reuben moves to Seattle, WA, to become a miner and later a watchman. He never returns to photography. Reuben dies in 1929.

By 1913 George is back in Michigan City, IN, at 115 e Fifth Street (Reuben’s old place). In 1920 George is in Warsaw, IN, he and wife Mary working as a team. They live at 739 e Main. The 1930 US census is the same except wife Mary is shown as no occupation. George dies in 1932.


Reuben Clarence Houser
(9 Mar 1851 - 14 Feb 1929)

George Elsworth Houser
(16 May 1863 - 11 Feb 1932)

1851 Mar 09

Reuben born in Ohio
1860
Union, IN, US census Reuben as farm labor in Union, Wells County, IN
1863
George born in Indiana
1870
Union, IN, US census Reuben (age 18) as “works on farm”


George and Reuben Houser continued

1875
Montgomery, MI, Ruben C. Houser marries Mary M. Clancy
1880
Westlake, IN, US Census Rueben (age 28) as photo artist in Westville, La Porte, IN, with brother George (17) living at the same address and shown as “works in photography”
1890
Michigan City, IN, city directory as photographer Reuben C. Houser with his brother George E. Houser as Houser Brothers
1890 Jun 20
Daily (Huntington, IN) Democrat Reuben Houser mention from Houser Brothers Artistic Photographers
1890 Sep 27
Daily (Huntington, IN) Democrat news mention R. C. Houser of Michigan City, IN. to open studio in Huntington, IN, over Whitelock & Son Southside Grocery
1890 Nov 12
Daily (Huntington, IN) Democrat blurb Reuben Houser as photographer gallery over Whitelock grocery

1890 Nov 15
Daily (Huntington, IN) Democrat blurb (George) Houser’s Southside Gallery
1891 Jun 13
Daily Democrat (Huntington, IN) blurb people visit George Houser, the “Southside photographer”
1891 Sep 18
Huntington (IN) Weekly blurb George E. Houser, popular South side photographer
1892 Jul 26
Daily (Huntington, IN) Democrat George Houser, south side photographer buys lot on Salamonie av to erect residence
1892 Aug 01
Daily (Huntington, IN) Democrat, R C Houser of Michigan City, IN, visits brother George, the south side photographer
1892 Nov 2
Daily (Huntington, IN) Democrat, small ad for Houser “south of river”
1893 Oct, Nov, Dec
Huntington (IN) Weekly Herald display ads for G. E. Houser Southside photographer

1894 Jan through Jun
Huntington (IN) Weekly Herald display ads for G. E. Houser Southside photographer
1896 Feb 07
George E Houser files for divorce from Ada B. Piatt
1896 Dec 07
Huntington (IN) Daily Democrat George Houser, South Side photographer leases gallery to
Herman H Drover; to move to Michigan City to work for brother Rueben C Houser
1897 Mar 05
Huntington (IN) Weekly Herald news George moves to Arkansas to open new gallery
1897 Nov 01
Huntington (IN) Daily News Democrat George Houser sells Huntington South Side Gallery to Harmon Drover
1898 Nov 26
Huntington (IN) Daily News Democrat George marries Mary Catherine Bennett in Warsaw, IN
1900
Michigan City, IN, US census Reuben as photographer at 115 E Market; res same

1905
Michigan City, IN, city directory Reuben as phtgrphr; 113 E 5th; brother George not listed
1910 Apr 27
Michigan City, IN, US census Reuben as photographer at 115 e 5th; (note that George Houser has not been found in the 1910 US census)
1910 Aug 22
Huntington (IN) Daily News blurb George Houser (South Side photographer) returns to Warsaw, IN
1910 Nov 23
Fort Wayne, IN, Journal Gazette George’s son Edwin Houser marries Daisy Lewis. George E. living in Warsaw, IN, wife Ada B living in Huntington, IN
1911 Oct 24
Warsaw, IN, George’s son Glenn marries Amelia B. Klaffei; George E. living in Warsaw, IN, wife Ada B living in Fort Wayne, IN
1912
Seattle, WA, city directory Reuben Houser NOT listed; his move from Michigan City, IN, to Seattle, WA, must have been after this date


George and Reuben Houser continued

1913
Michigan City, IN, city directory George E Houser as photographer at 115 e 5th
1913 - 1916
Seattle, WA, city directory Reuben Houser as Miner w/ wife Mary M
1914 - 1916
Michigan City, IN, city directory George E Houser NOT listed
1917 - 1928
Seattle, WA, city directory Ruben Houser as Watchman w/wife Mary M
1920 Jan 09
Warsaw, IN, US census George Houser as photographer with wife Mary at 739 E Main, Warsaw, Kosciusko, IN; wife Mary listed as photographer also
1920 Jan 15
Seattle, WA, Reuben Houser as watchman
1929 Feb 14
Seattle, WA, state records Ruben Houser dies at age 77 in
1930 Apr 15
Warsaw, IN, US census George Houser as photographer with wife Mary at 739 E Main; wife Mary listed as photographer assistant
1932 Feb 11
Warsaw, IN, George Houser dies at age 68

Huntington (IN) Daily Democrat - 27 Sep 1890

Huntington (IN) Daily Democrat - 01 Aug 1892

Huntington (IN) Weekly Herald - 26 Sep 1893


Enhanced detail of cabinet card at the top

Huntington (IN) Daily Democrat - 07 Feb 1896

Huntington (IN) Daily Democrat 07 Dec 1896


Huntington (IN) Daily News Democrat - 30 Nov 1898



photographer Reuben C Houser
Michigan City, IN
from the collection of KEN on Flicker

This photograph mount is labeled "Swiss Card", probably one of the many shapes and sizes that were tried after the popularity of the cabinet card began to dim. This card was probably finished between 1900 and 1912 while Ruben Howser was still in Michigan City, IN.

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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