Saturday, July 27, 2019

Robert Wilson Pearson


Photographer:
Pearson,
Main Street,South Side,
Arcade. N. Y.

At first examination, there appeared to be too many photographers in the area of Arcade, NY, by the name of Pearson, too many to narrow down to the Pearson on this cabinet card.

Benjamin M. Pearson, Albany, NY, over 200 miles from Arcade, NY
Emma J. Pearson, Rochester, NY, about 60 miles from Arcade, NY
William R. Pearson, Buffalo, NY, about 30 miles from Arcade, NY
William R. Pearson, Niagara, NY, about 60 miles from Arcade, NY

But finally,
Robert Wilson Pearson, of Arcade, Wyoming County, New York

R. W. Pearson is documented through the US Census and the New York State Census, as photographer from 1900 through 1930 always in Arcade, NY. The town did not have a city directory.

The cabinet card to the left is glossy on both sides, has rounded corners a ruled border. It was probably finished around 1900 or slightly before.

Timeline

Robert Wilson Pearson
(1867 - 1938)

1867 Jan 29
Ontario, Can, state records; R W Pearson is born to Robert Pearson and Mary Ritchie
1894 Jan 12
Buffalo (NY) Commercial news item says photographer C E Churchill has rented his gallery to his assistant, R W Pearson
1895
From 1900 US census, R W Pearson and Mattie Oneal are married
1898 Dec 15
Buffalo (NY) Times item says R W Pearson lost 2000 dollars in fire at Arcade
1900 Jun 04
Arcade, NY, US census, Robert Pearson as photographer
1905 Apr 07
Arcade, NY, state records, wife Mattie O’Neal dies
1907 Apr 28 and 1907 May 05
Buffalo (NY) Courier small ad for R W Pearson for sale of picture post cards
1909 Sep 04
Buffalo (NY) Evening News classified ad R W Pearson has framing machine for sale

1910 Apr 15
Arcade, NY, US census, Robert Pearson as photographer
1911 Mar 24
Buffalo (NY) Morning Express item says Robert W Pearson and Addie Rogers were married in Ontario
1915 Jun 01
Arcade, NY, state census, Robert W Pearson as photographer
1920 Jan 17
Arcade, NY, US census, Robert W Pearson as photographer
1925 Jun 01
Arcade, NY, sate census, R W Pearson as photographer; res Main st
1930 Apr 15
Arcade, NY, US census, Robert W Pearson as photographer
1938 Nov 05
Arcade, Wyoming, NY, Robert W Pearson dies at age 72
1938 Dec 06
Rochester (NY) democrat and Chronical news item says Roger Gorham has purchased the gallery of R W Pearson


In a comment (see below), someone has added this bit of information: "R.W. Pearson was the photographer on Main Street in Arcade. He was the assistant to C.E. Churchill and rented Churchill's studio when Churchill moved to Franklinville"

From this suggestion the following news items were found.

Buffalo (NY) Commercial - 12 Jan 1894

Buffalo (NY) Courier - 15 Dec 1899

Buffalo (NY) Courier -
28 Apr 1907


Buffalo (NY) Evening News -
04 Sep 1909


Buffalo (NY) Morning Express -
24 Mar 1912


Binghamton (NY) Press -
06 Oct 1934


Springville (NY) Journal -
17 Nov 1938


Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle -
06 Dev 1938




photographer: Pearson
Main Street, South Side, Arcade, NY
example from RescuedPhoto
Buffalo (NY) Courier - 23 Jun 1912




photographer: J R Pearson
96 Fifth Street and 43-45 Federal, Pittsburg, PA
example from auction site

The above card was finished by J R Pearson. No connection to R W Pearson has been made so far.





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.

2 comments:

  1. R.W. Pearson was the photographer on main Street in arcade. He was the assistant to C.E. Churchill and rented Churchill's studio when Churchill moved to franklinville

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    1. Thanks! I added that to the page. I have not found much information on this photographer.

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