Stephen L (Mike) Masten
(No biographical information found)
Indiana, Stephen L. (Mike) Masten is born
1895 Jun 15
Pittsburg (KS) Daily Headlight item about location in Pittsburg, KS
Feb 21 Galena (KS) Post notice of real estate transfer to Masten in Weir, KS
US census Weir, KS, line by line search does not find a Masten OR a photographer
Galena (KS) Evening Times news item S L Masten of weir, KS, on jury duty
1902 Oct 29
Galena (KS) Evening News item Jury duty for S L Masten of Weir, KS
Kansas State gazetteer Masten S L, Weir, KS
1904 Jun 21
Pittsburg (KS) Daily Headlight, Weir, KS, city news item S L Masten leaving Weir for Cherokee, KS, about three miles.
1906 Mar 15
Girard (KS) Press item real estate transfer to S L Masten in Cherokee, KS
Topeka, KS, city directory NO listing for Masten; Obituary estimates that Masten moved to Cherokee, KS, around this time
1908 Nov 03
Pittsburg (KS) Daily Headlight item Masten has opened a photograph gallery in Weir, KS; item also mentions that he was also recently located in Joplin (MO) and Parsons (KS)
1909 Dec 29
Galena (KS) Evening News item notice to pick up mail in Galena, KS
Topeka, KS, city directory NO listing for Masten
Coffeeville, KS city directory NO listing for Masten
1910 Sep 09
(Ottawa KS) Evening News item places S L Masten in Coffeeville, KS
1911 Aug 17
St Mary’s (KS) Star item places S L Masten residence in Topeka, KS
(News item about Weir, KS)
Pittsburg (KS) Daily Headlight - 03 Nov 1908
(News item about Weir, KS)
1912 Sep 09
Topeka (KS) Daily Capital item horse race list places Masten residence as Topeka, KS
Topeka, KS, City directory NO listing for Masten
1913 Aug 14
St Mary’s (KS) Star item places S L Masten residence as Topeka, KS
According to the obituary Masten discontinues his work in photography this year
1922 Feb 05
Cherokee, KS, obituary shows Masten died this day after a prolonged illness
No biographical information has been found so far for S L Masten. Several newspaper items mention him and place him in cities in the south east corner of Kansas between 1895 and 1913. There is no mention of him in any paper after 1913.
Weir is a very small town in the south east corner of Kansas and it was even smaller in 1904. Although the Gazetteer says it has a population of 3,600, there are only about 150 names listed,living in the city.
Two of them are photographers. R. L. Thorpe is also listed in that city.
Masten appears to have worked in Weir, KS, during two periods: 1896 - 1904 and around 1908. These cabinet cards were likely finished during one of those periods. The two cards with the single ruled line were probably from the earlier period and the card with the orange printing is probably later.
In later years, after 1909, the name S L Masten appears occasionally in association with trotter-style horse races.
No mention of Masten was found in any paper after 1913.
To the right is an obituary that tells much about the life of S L Masten.
This was found and added here in June 2018. The timeline above has been updated to reflect the information in this article.