Monday, January 27, 2020

William Jay Root


photographer: W. J. Root
Kimball Hall
243 Wabash Ave. Chicago

William Jay Root
(29 Dec 1854 - )

1854
Ohio, state records, William Jay Root is born to Joseph Adams Root and Cornelia Ann Gager
1876
Cleveland, OH, city directory, William J Root as photographer for W Hodges; bds at Friendly Inns
1880 Jun 15
Nashville, TN, US census William J Root as photographer
1882 Feb 25
Nashville, TN, state records, W J Root’s son Frederick Preston Root is born
1900 Jun 17
Chicago, IL, US census William Root as photographer
1902 – 1917
Chicago, IL, city directory William W J, Studio, as photographer at 726-28 Kimball Hall 243 Wabash
1918 – 1929
Chicago, IL, city directory William J Root Studio as photographer at 1610 Kimball Hall 306 Wabash
1930 Apr 05
Chicago, IL, US census William J Root as photographer at 310, 185 s Wabash

The death date is not known for W. J. Root but he seems to have still had a studio when he was 76 in 1930. The cabinet card here was probably finished between 1902 and 1918.


photographer: Root
243 Wabash, Chicago, IL
example from auction site
probably finished between 1902 and 1917



Emerson Ashton Root

Apparently in 1903 and 1905, the photography studio was also a bowling alley.

Note that Emerson’s brother Melville Root is also listed as photographer. He has no separate studio listing in the business pages so he was apparently working for another photographer at the time.

1903 Monmouth City Directory

The two below are by William H Root.

He was in Aledo, IL, for the US census of 1900. Records are a little sketchy before that. He was still in Monmouth, IL, for the 1880 US census.

Note the poorly trimmed and unevenly mounted photos.



photographer Root
Monmouth, IL
from the collection of KEN on Flickr

The card a the left would be by E A Root who was the one who had a studio in Monmouth. Apparently both of his brothers William Henry and Melville E worked at the studio at one time or another.


photographer: Root, William H
Aledo, IL
example from auction site

photographer: Root, William H
Aledo, IL
From the collection of Curt J on Flickr


Photographer: Root, Monmouth, IL
example from the collection of Paul Ashby


photographer: Root
Monmouth, IL
example from auction site

This photographer Root of Monmouth, IL, is not the same as William J Root of Chicago, IL. No family or business connection between the two has been found to date.

Emerson Ashton Root
(1853 - 1913)

E A Root seems to have never ventured from Monmouth, IL after moving there with his family when he was about five.

Nearly every document found relating to Emerson A Root, gives him a different birth date.

His father Henry E Root was listed in the 1870 US census as a photographer and in the 1860 US census as an Ambrotypist.

His father and both of his brothers, Melville and William H Root were photographers in one document or another, but Emerson Root seems to have been the only Root with a studio in Monmouth, IL, during the era of the cabinet card.

In the Monmouth, IL, city directories of 1903 and 1905, the photography studio was apparently also a bowling alley.

Emerson Root is documented as photographer from 1880 thru 1905. This photograph was probably done in the later part of that period.


photographer: Root
Monmouth, IL
example from auction site

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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