Howard E Gray
(1863 - 1939)
In the late 19th century there were three photographers in Nebraska named Gray that could have done this card. However, Howard E. Gray was the one that operated a gallery at 212 n 16th in Omaha, NE, for just over 10 years. Also in the area was Howard’s sister, Dora, and William Gray, no relation.
The earliest record of Howard as photographer was found in the 1880 US census, listed as photographer at age 16 in Lincoln NE. His sister Dora, age 19 is also listed as photographer. They were living next door to Nancy D. Stewart, 35, also a photographer.
After moving to Houston, TX, late in 1895, Howard Gray worked for other photographic galleries such as C R Blackburn and A H Hitcher. Sometime in 1912 or 1913, he and his wife Margaret moved to San Diego and worked for Robert’s Portraiture, V J Vreeland and H A Deacon, as well as operating his own studio.
Howard E Gray is born in Ohio
Gray’s family has moved to Lincoln, NE
US census Lincoln, NE, as photographer at age 16 along with sister Dora, age 19
Omaha, NE, city directory as photographer, Bee Hive Studio, 213 n 16th
1885 Mar 05
marriage to Margaret L Leckie (1862-1949)
1887 - 1895
Omaha, NE, city directory as photographer at 213 16th (“Bee Hive” name apparently dropped)
Howard Gray has moved to Houston, TX
Houston, TX, as retoucher for C R Blackburn
1900 - 1902
Houston, TX, US census as “stenographer”; city directory as photo operator for A H Hitcher
Houston, TX, city directory as photo operator for Robert’s Portraiture, 501 ½ Main
Houston, TX city directory as secretary and operator for Hitcher Photo co; res 102 Hamilton
1907 - 1912
Houston, TX, city directory as proprietor Gray’s photo studio, 502 ½ Main; res 1815 Franklin
San Diego, CA as no occupation shown; res 1512 Front
1914 - 1916
San Diego, CA as photographer; 1512 Front
1917 - 1927
San Diego, Ca as photographer; res 1131 16th
San Diego, CA, city directory as photographer for H A Deacon; res 1131 16th
San Diego, CA US census as retired; city directory as photographer for H A Deacon; res 1512 Front
1935 - 1937
San Diego, Ca, city directory as no occupation; res 1131 16th
1939 Jan 14
San Diego, CA, Howard E Gray dies
The cabinet card here was finished during that ten year period, 1885-1895, that Gray operated a studio in Omaha, NE, at 213 n 16th.