Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Henry Thomas Hooper

Photographers: Smith and Hooper
Washington, Kans

Henry Thomas Hooper, photographer, his wife Florence Adeline and brother in law, Howard A West were found in the 1900 US census living at 46 First st in Washington, KS. Henry and his wife were living in Cuyahoga County, OH, at the time of their marriage in 1893. Their next appearance after the 1900 US census is the 1910 US census placing them back in Cuyahoga County, OH.

A genealogical accounting of the Hooper family mentions that Henry was a Washington, KS, city councilman for three years. (see below)

Page found on Ancestry.com

So Henry Hooper could have been in Washington, KS, any time between 1895 and 1905 for at least three years. The partnership with Smith would have to be during that time also.

The association of the two photographers, Smith and Hooper, in Washington, KS, must have been a very short one. No photographer Smith has been found in a page by page search of the 1900 US census in Washington, KS, or page by page search of the 1895 and 1905 Kansas state census.

photographer: Hillyer
Washington, KS
example from pinterest

The cabinet card at the left is by Hooper and Smith. Henry Thomas Hooper was found and documented fairly well. See Henry Thomas Hooper page.

But there were at least NINE photographers named Smith that could POSSIBLY have been in Washington, KS, for a brief stay, between the years of 1894 and 1909. This is a list:

Smith, Charles P
, Topeka, KS (123 miles to Washington)
Smith, Eugene Warren, Pittsburg, KS(290 miles to Washington)
Smith, Gregory H, photographer, 114 N Main, Ottawa, KS (171 miles to Washington)
Smith, Mrs M E, Chanute, KS, Severy, KS; AKA Mrs M E Smith & Maters Art Studio AND
----- Mrs Mary Elizabeth Maters-Smith (228 miles to Washington)
Smith, P S, Le Roy, KS (193 miles to Washington)
Smith, Peter, Seneca, KS (71 miles to Washington)
Smith, R R, Larned, KS (191 miles to Washington)
Smith, R G, photographer, working for J. S. Saurman, Leavenworth, KS (144 miles to Washington)
Smith, W H, Pardee, KS, (Pardee is now a ghost town in Atchison county, KS)(117 miles to Washington)

The photographer Smith, of Hooper and Smith, could be any one or none of these.

Five of the photographers in this list have been reviewed (see links). Nothing has been found so far on the other four.

PS Smith of Le Roy, KS and Peter Smith of Seneca, KS, are probably the same photographer. NO information has been found on either. Both towns are very small and probably would not support a full time photographer. This photographer Smith was probably an itinerant who worked in several towns in the area.

R G Smith was working for J S Saumarian and could possibly be the one who became the short term partner of Hooper in Washington, KS. to date, no documentation has been found to support this.

W H Smith of Pardee, KS, is still a mystery. No information has been found to date, This was possibly an itinerant photographer from as far away as Kansas City, MO.

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

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