William Henry Castor
(12 Aug 1854 - 25 Sep 1936)
William H. Castor was a full time photographer. He changed cities three or more times in his career. He was joined temporarily by one of his brothers from about 1892 to 1900 but no records have been found to say exactly how long this lasted. Newspaper items show he worked in Carthage, MO, in the year of 1899 and the 1900 US census also places him in Carthage. Then by 1901 he is in Denver, CO
1855 Aug 12
New York, NY, US census, state documents William Henry Castor is born to James Asa Castor and Ruth McAllister
1856 or 1857
Castor family moves to Ontario, Canada, as the 1871 Canada census shows his sister Sarah was born there in 1857. His younger siblings John, Harvey, Godfrey and Ira were also born there.
Collingwood, Ontario, Canadian census, Wm Henry Castor, age 16, living with parents
Kansas City, MO, US census, W H Castor as waiter in a hotel
Carthage, MO, state records, William Henry Castor Marries Estella Gertrude Hedrick
1892 Jun 06
Carthage, MO, state records, Robert Castor (brother) is listed as photographer on his son’s (Chester) birth certificate
1898 May 13
Carthage, MO, Silver Review small ads for Castor Brothers studio
1899 Aug 25
St Louis Post Dispatch small news item says Castro Bros received honorable mention at Photographer’s Convention
Carthage, MO, US census Wm H Castor as photographer; res 809 Print st; Note: brothers Ira and Rufus are working as bricklayers in Denver, CO
1901 - 1902
Denver, CO, city directory William H Castor as photographer at 30-33 McClelland blk; res 1131 15th
1903 - 1915
Denver, CO, city directory William H Castor as photographer at 210-213, 1131 15th
Denver, CO, city directory William H Castor as manager or proprietor of When Studio, 1131 15th
1917 - 1918
Denver, CO, city directory William H Castor as proprietor of When Studio, 302 Barth blk
Denver, CO, city directory William H Castor as proprietor of When Studio, 405 Barth blk
1920 - 1925
Denver, CO, city directory William H Castor as proprietor of When Studio, 809 16th st
Denver, CO, city directory William H Castor as proprietor When Studio 405 809 16th; wife Gertrude M. also listed
Oakland, CA, city directory William H Castor as photographer working with Eugene De Forrest at 1744 Telegraph, wife as Gertrude M
Oakland, CA, city directory Wm H Castor as photographer with DeForrest and Castor; res 1622 Harrison
1930 Apr 08
Oakland, CA, US census William Castor as photographer (independent); res 1500 Harrison (number is probably 1622 but 1500 listed in error)
San Francisco, CA, Wm H Castor as photographer; res 25 Taylor
1936 Sep 25
San Francisco, CA, William H Castor at age 82 of Cerebral Thrombosis
Of William’s 8 brothers, only Robert would be the possible brother in “Castor Bros.” and he was in Carthage for sure in 1892. The 1900 US census shows Robert has moved to Marshall, OK and William Henry in Carthage, MO, but he was in Denver by 1901.
The card at the top would have been finished between 1892 and 1900 when both brothers were living in Carthage, MO. The color and style of the card would indicate a date closer to 1900.
photographer: Castor Brothers
Example from Dawn Forrest Power
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photographer: Castor Bros
(That's what it says. Carthago. Obviously a misprint)
Example from McKinnon on Flickr
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