This “Best” photographer is quite probably Harvey Best or his brother William Best. Both were photographers at the right time. Both were born in Chariton, IA, Harvey moving to Detroit, MI, about 1899. William apparently lived in Chariton, IA, most of his life, dying in Chicago, IL, at age 57.
Nothing has been found to show which, if either or both, worked in Albia, IA, to take this photograph. Albia is just 26 miles from Chariton.
Sometime after 1918, Harvey became a minister and “healer” in Detroit, MI, according to various city directory listings and the 1930 US census. He was not found in the 1920 US census
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