Friday, September 8, 2017

Olivia Moretta Shira

Miss O. M. Shira
Saint John, Kans

Miss O. M. Shira
Saint John, Kans

Miss O. M. Shira
Saint John, Kans

Olivia Moretta Shira
(1857 - 1930?)

Olivia Moretta Shira is born in Franklin, IA
1860 Jul 02
US census as child living with parents in Franklin, IA
1870 Jul 14
US census as child living with parents in Somerset MO
1885 Mar 01
Kansas State census, St John, KS, no Shira listed; population 430 in city

St John, KS, SW Business Directory as photographer under name Miss Shira
1895 Mar 01
Kansas census, St John, KS, as photographer; listed with husband W W O’Neal
There is a big hole in the records here. Neither Olivia M Shira nor William W O’Neal have been found for certain in the 1900, 1910, or the 1920 US census or any other record during that period.
1900 Jun 08
US census St John, KS, no Shira Listed; Oley C. Hayworth listed as photographer page 10. 869 people living within city limits, additional 372 in surrounding rural area.

Olivia Morita Shira dies at age 73 (based on two separate entries. The St. Louis, MO, city directory shows O M O’Neal living with husband William W in St louis, MO while the 5 Apr 1930 US census shows W W O’Neal as being widowed. W W O’Neal entry is right birth date and location, but living in New Mexico)

Up to date, Miss Shira can be documented as being a photographer from 1889 through 1895. The examples presented here were probably done during that period. There are still big gaps in the biography and business history.

Additional example found at

photographer: Shira
(Not actually a cabinet card)
example from LBF-LDF

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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