Sunday, September 3, 2017

Jodie Ann Walker

Cabinet Card Small Child on chair
Photographer: E. L. Goben
Henrietta, Texas

Edgar Louis Goben, brother of James L. Goben apparently started in business with his brother but "Soon left town" and then opened a studio in Henrietta, TX. (See Jam Les. Goben

More to follow.

Photographer: Mrs J A Goben
Ohio Street, Wichita Falls, TX
This photograph courtesy of
rfinch at

Mrs Edgar L Goben was Jodie Ann Walker

Jodie Ann Walker
1868 - 1942

Jodie Ann Walker was the wife of Edgar L Goben. Although she is found in over 40 documents, census and city directory, she is never mentioned as a photographer.

However on her death certificate she is shown as “retired photographer”. It would seem Jodi Goben might have carried on in the photographic business as a second occupation while operating boarding houses or rooming houses until about her 70’s. More examples of her work might clear this up.

1868 Oct 09
Jodie Ann Walker was born in Alabama
Montague, TX, county marriage index, marries Edgar L. Goben
1892 Mar 02
daughter Ora Lee Goben is born in Texas
1900 Jun 18
Wichita Falls, TX, US census, as Jodie Goben, divorced, operating boarding house;city directory as widow of Edgar L and Mrs J A Goben; boarding house operator 228 Ross, res same

Note that although the census describes her as “divorced” she seems to prefer “widowed” in the city directory listings even though Edgar Louis Goben didn't die until 1931.

1901 Dec 27
Edgar L Goben marries Victoria Blanch Penfield (1884-1910)
1902 Jun 17
the date on the example photograph taken in Wichita Falls, TX is written faintly on the lower left of the card
Dallas, TX, city directory as proprietor of furnished rooms at 497 Main; res same
1906 - 1910
Dallas, TX, city directory as boarding house operator at 228 Ross; as widow of Edgar L Goben and/or Mrs J A Goben
1910 Apr 16
Dallas, TX, US census as boarding house operator at 228 Ross; living with daughter Ora Goben
1911 - 1913
Dallas, TX, city directory as proprietor of furnished rooms at 1500 and 1520 Ross
1916 - 1942
US census and Dallas city directories as no occupation, as widow of Edgar L Goben and/or Mrs J A Goben; now living with daughter Ora Lee and family
1942 Sep 18
Jodie Ann Walker as “retired photographer” dies of uremia at age 73

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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