Monday, March 26, 2018

Leonard Harry Morse



photographer L H Morse
What Cheer, IA

Leonard Harry Morse
(1832 - 1912)

Timeline sources: US census, city directories, Craig’s Camera, Pioneer Photographers by Palmquist and Kailbourn

1832 Aug 16
Worchester, MA, Leonard Harry Morse is born to Sylvanus Morse and Elizabeth Harrington
1850 Aug 19
Worchester, MA, UA census, Morse at 19 is listed as a daguerreotypist with his older brother Augustus
1852
Worchester, MA, partnered with G Adams as daguerrian at Brinley Row
1854
Worchester, MA, as daguerrian as 188 Main st; boarding at 43 Salem
1855, 1856
Worchester, MA, city directory NOT listed
1856
Richmond VA, city directory, working at Whitehurst’s gallery at 77 Main (Cannot find confirmation for this)

1856 - 1861
Davenport, IA, city directory as photographer with Morse and Egbert cor of Brady and 2nd (Source: Pioneer Photographers by Palmquist and Kailbourn)
1860 Mar 13
Davenport, IA, L H Morse marries Anna Marie Shepherd
1861
Davenport, IA, city directory as photographer at s e cor of 2nd and Main
1863
Davenport, IA, city directory as photographer at Davenport’s Block, Main and 2nd
1867
Davenport, IA, city directory no occupation listed; res Main and Spring; East Davenport
1868
Davenport, IA, city directory as photographer; res Main and Spring
1870
Davenport, IA, city directory as photographer with P Olmsted and Morse; res Perry
1876 - 1878
Davenport, IA, city directory as photographer at 509 Brady


1879
Davenport, IA, city directory not available
1879 May 08
Rock Island, IL, state register, L H Morse marries Mary Elizabeth Russell
1880, 1881
Davenport, IA, city directory NOT listed
1885
Farmington, IA, Iowa state census, as photographer
1900 Jun 06
Garfield, IA, US census as restaurant mamager
1909
Waterloo, IA, city directory NOT listed
1910 Apr 22
Waterloo, IA, US census as retired; city directory shows res 1311 w 2nd
1912 Feb 17
Waterloo, IA, state records, Leonard harry Morse dies

Nothing has been found so far that documents exactly when Morse was in What Cheer, IA. It was probably a temporary studio during the time his main studio was in Davenport, IA, as they are only about 90 miles apart.


Here’s a recap of locations where Morse apparently ran his own studio
188 Main Worchester, MA as daguerrian 1854
Brady and 2nd st, Davenport, IA, as Morse and Egbert, 1856 - 1861
2nd and Main, Davenport, IA, as Morse, 1861 - 1863
Main and Spring, Davenport, IA, as Morse, 1867 - 1868
Davenport, IA, as P Olmsted and Morse, 1870
509 Brady, Davenport, IA, 1876 - 1878
Farmington, IA, as Morse, 1885
No records after 1885 show Morse as a photographer.

The style of the card at the top indicates it is probably from about 1875 to 1880.



The style of this card indicates it is from about 1870
Contributed by the family of William Birdsall Bullers and Great Granddaughters of John Lewis “Pop” Bullers

CDV found on auction site
Unfortunately, the reverse showing the photographer name is not available.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

William Birdsall Bullers


Portrait of William Birdsall Bullers

William Birdsall Bullers
(31 Dec 1855 - 12 Oct 1914)

Timeline sources: Past and Present of Mahaska Co., IA by Manoah Hedge; US census; city directories

1862
at seven years old William working in coal mine; education is very limited

1870
US census shows William (age 15) and father John as Coal Miners in Mahanoy, Schuylkill Co., PA living with his parents and siblings.

1877 Apr 29
Bullers family with William move to Delta, IA

1880
US census; William, his parents and two of his siblings now reside in newly named What Cheer, IA; the census lists him as a Coal miner as well as his father and 12-year-old brother Sam; William works at coal mining for about 3 years

1882
William is in What Cheer, IA, and marries Mary Louise Gruber. Also, in 1882 he started his own studio in What Cheer. It is unknown when he opened a studio for sure at Muchakinock, IA.

Sometime after about 1883 he begins work with photographer W R Wheeler possibly as an apprentice to start.

Their first three sons William Gruber Bullers in 1887, Perry Ferguson Bullers in 1889, John Lewis Bullers in 1892 are all born in What Cheer, Iowa.

It is during this time William Bullers traveled by train to a town where a car could be left on a siding. Photographs could be taken using the train car as a studio, spending up to week in each town. Then the train would pick up the car and take it to next town, and the next, etc. He would take pictures in every little town along the rail line.

1884-1885
What Cheer, IA city directory; as photographer

In 1889 William Bullers was elected on the Republican ticket to the office of Township Clerk which he served four years.

1892
What Cheer, Iowa birth records, birth of son John, certificate mentions William Bullers is a photographer

In 1893 he moved his family to Oskaloosa, IA, where he opened a studio on 216 West High Street. At some point in time he worked with a photographer named Hart in this studio.

1896
William opens a studio on Market Street, Oskaloosa, IA

In 1897 youngest son Thomas Casey Bullers is born in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
He moved his studio to 116 North Market Street, Oskaloosa.
It was with his encouragement that three of his sons began and, also pursued the photography business off and on in their own lives.

1900
Oskaloosa, IA, US census as photographer

1901
Oskaloosa, IA, Polk's IA State Gazetteer and Business Directory as photographer

1910 Apr 30
Lincoln, IA, US census as photographer with Picture Gallery

October 12, 1914
William Birdsall Bullers died at his home after being ill for 3 months, at the age of 58 years.

William’s son, John Lewis Bullers, starting in 1907 at the age of 15, worked the Photography business all but a few years of his life until his death in 1968 thirty-six of those years at his studio, aptly named Bullers Studio in Williamsburg, Iowa.

All material on this page contributed by the family of William Birdsall Bullers and Great Granddaughters of John Lewis “Pop” Bullers .



William Bullers
What Cheer, IA

William Bullers
Muchakinock, IA
This example dated 1894

William Bullers
216 w High, Oskaloosa, IA
This example dated 1893

Hart and Bullers
216 w High, Oskaloosa, IA
This example dated 1895



reverse of the card at the left
William Bullers
What Cheer, IA


reverse of the card at the left
Wheeler and Bullers
What Cheer, IA

Bullers
116 n Market
Oskaloosa, IA
This appears to be a cropped
Cabinet Card



Bullers
116 n Market, Oskaloosa, IA
This example dated 1898

Wm Bullers, What Cheer, IA


reverse of the card on the left



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Monday, March 19, 2018

J B Dettmer



Photographer: J B Dettmer
Walnut and Howard sts
Muncie, IND.


written on reverse:
Minnie Laudig

J B Dettmer

The life of photographer J B Dettmer was difficult to follow. Not only was Dettmer a rather popular name in the 19th century, there were two or three people with the name J B Dettmer in that era, living in the vicinity of Muncie, IN. There was also a street in Ohio, a hospital and a baseball player with the name.

To further complicate matters, the photographer J B Dettmer moved around a lot, had several partners and kept himself out of the newspapers. Judging from his business activities by 1880, it must be assumed that photographer J B Dettmer was born about 1860. It also appears that he never married so the photographer John B Dettmer Jr that appears in some 1920’s San Francisco, CA, city directories was probably from another family line of Dettmers.

Here then is a timeline following the Ohio photographer J B Dettmer including many notations of where he wasn’t to help establish where he could have been in some of the record gaps.

Timeline
1860
Cincinnati, OH, according to Artists in Ohio, John Dettmer is born
1875 - 1879
Cincinnati, OH, city directory NOT listed
1880
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer 100 w 4th
1881
Cincinnati, OH, city directory NOT listed
1882
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer; bds 489 w 6th
1882
Covington, KY, city directory NOT listed; Mamie Dettmer listed at 163 Madison
1883
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer with J D Skewes at 102 w 5th
1884
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer with J D Skewes; Skews also has gallery in Covington, KY, at 222 W 5th
1884
Covington, KY, city directory as photographer at 163 Madison; Mamie Dettmer at same address

- continued in next row -

1885
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer with Heckle and Dettmer (William S Heckle) at
1886
Cincinnati, OH, city directory missing pages 181-826
1886
Covington, KY, city directory as photographer (Dettmar); res Jos. Heckle’s; Mamie Dettmer at same address; Business pages as Heckle and Dettmer, 402 Freeman av
1887
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer with Heckle and Dettmer (William S Heckle) at
1888
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer at 402 Freeman; res same
1888
Covington, KY, city directory NOT listed
1889
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer at 1047 w 8th; res same
1889
Muncie, IN, city directory NOT listed in res pages or bus pages (earliest available)
1890
Cincinnati, OH, city directory NOT listed in res pages or bus pages
1890 Jul 12
Richmond (IN) Item, news item as photographer at 18 s 13th st; formerly with M H Watts

1890 Jul
Richmond, (IN) Item, four small ads for studio at 18 s 13th
1890 Nov 08
Muncie (IN) Evening Press news item “50 years ago today” says Dettmer had studio at cor of Howard and Walnut
1891 Jan 25
Muncie (IN) Evening Press news item “50 Years Ago Today” says Dettmer had studio on Walnut opposite the National Hotel (which was at 500-506 s Walnut)
1897 - 1899
Muncie, IN, city directory NOT listed
1903
Richmond, IN, city directory as photographer (Dettmar)
1908
Cincinnati, OH, city directory NOT listed in res pages or bus pages
1909
Cincinnati, OH, city directory as photographer (Dettmar) at swc Vine and Liberty; res 940 Findlay; not shown in business pages
1910
Cincinnati, OH, city directory NOT listed


The cabinet card example at the top must have been finished in that period around 1890 - 1891 when he was found in Muncie, IN, city directories.

Richmond (IN) Item - 12 Jul 1890

Richmond (IN) Item - ad ran four times in July, 1890

The (Muncie, IN) Star Press - 27 Apr 1913

and below, apparently a sideline ...
The Indianapolis Star Sun - 11 May 1913

The Muncie (IN) Evening Press - 08 Nov 1940
50 years ago is 08 Nov 1890


Muncie (IN) evening Press - 25 Jan 1941
50 years ago would be 25 Jan 1891

Artists In Ohio - Jeffery Weidman

Although this birth date is probably accurate, no documents have been found for support

Example found at an auction site
studio at 402 Freeman Av. Cincinnati, OH

example from Conkle Family Collection
studio address Walnut and Howard streets
Muncie, IN

unknown source
studio address Walnut and Howard streets
Muncie, IN

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Frederick Willard Curtiss



Photographer: F W Curtiss, Madison, Wis
(F W Curtiss was the son of
photographer E R Curtiss)


Here is an example of what happens when cabinet cards are stacked together for decades, undisturbed in a shoe box on the top shelf of the closet. The image of a photograph in the stack transfers to the reverse of the next image in the stack.

Frederick Willard Curtiss
(1860 - 1943)

Sources: city directories, US census, newspaper items as shown

1860 Feb 11

Madison, WI, Frederick Willard Curtiss is born to Edwin Rodney Curtiss and Eva A. Lingenfelter
1866
Madison, WI, city directory Edward R Curtis, photographist, badger block, Pinckney; res west canal n Mifflin; F W Curtiss NOT listed
1868, 1871, 1873, 1875, 1877
Madison, WI, city directory F W Curtiss NOT listed; father E R Curtiss listed at over 42 Pinkney; res 31 Canal
1880
Madison, WI, city directory, as photographer; bds cor Mifflin and w Canal (works for father, E R Curtiss)
1883
Madison, WI, city directory as operator at E R Curtiss; res ss State 4 e Gilman
1885
Madison, WI, city directory as operator at E R Curtiss; res 404 n Henry
1886, 1888
Madison, WI, city directory as operator at E R Curtiss; res sw cor N Hancock and Muffin

1890
Madison, WI, city directory as operator at E R Curtiss; res 317 E Mifflin
1894
Madison, WI, city directory; business pages only as photographer at 23 e Main, 2nd fl; res pages 97 through 112 are unavailable; Edwin R Curtiss as photographer at Pioneer blk
1896, 1898
Madison, WI, city directory as photographer at 3rd fl 23 E Main; res e Mifflin
1900, 1902, 1904, 1907
Madison, WI, city directory as photographer at 4th fl 108 State; res e Mifflin
1909, 1911, 1914
Madison, WI, city directory as photographer 4th fl 108 State; res Adams
1916
Madison, WI, city directory as photographer; res 2010 Adams; not listed in business pages
1917
Madison, WI, city directory res listing only; 2010 Adams
1918 Feb 24
Wisconsin State Journal newspaper ad stating that the Reierson Studio is in possession of all of the negatives from E R and F W Curtiss studios. This might indicate that both have retired.


1919
Madison, WI, city directory res listing only 123 e Gorham
1920 Jul 31
Wisconsin State Journal newspaper ad indicates that the negatives from E R and FW Curtiss are back in the possession of F W Curtiss.
1921, 1923
Madison, WI, city directory res listing only 123 e Gorham
1925
Madison, WI, city directory as artist; res listing only 123 e Gorham
1927, 1929
Madison, WI, city directory as photographer; res listing only 123 e Gorham
1930
Madison, WI, US census: It appears the enumerator just skipped 123 e Gorham for the 1930 census. Although Frederick Curtiss and wife Katherine and her sister E Estelle Abbott were together at 123 Gorham in the 1940 census, the 1929 and 1931 Madison, WI, city directories, none of the three names can be found in the 1930 census.
1931, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1939
Madison, WI, city directory as photographer; res listing only 123 e Gorham

1940
Madison, WI, US census as no occupation listed; res 123 Gorham
1941
Madison, WI, city directory NOT listed
1943
Madison, WI, city directory NOT listed
1943 Jul 13
Madison, WI, F W Curtiss dies at age 83

It appears that FW Curtiss worked in his father’s studio until about 1894.
His own studio was at:
23 e Main in 1894 through 1898.
108 State in 1900 through 1914
Then from 1916 on he is not listed in the business pages, giving only his home address of 123 Gorham. He could have been working out of his home address after 1914, as many of the early photographers did, but the city directory listings do not indicate this.

The cabinet card in this collection shows no address so it could have been done any time between 1894 and 1914. The design of the card would indicate 1895 or after.

Wisconsin State Journal - 24 Feb 1918

Wisconsin State Journal - 31 Jul 1920

Wisconsin State Journal - 14 Jul 1943


Wisconsin State Journal - 25 Jul 1943

Wisconsin State Journal - 21 Dec 1946

Wisconsin State Journal - 31 Jan 1921

Actually, the above is probably not exactly accurate. The city directories indicate the studio was already located at 108 State in 1900. The studio remained at that address until 1914.


Example from auction site
Dating of an example like the above will not be very accurate as no studio address is shown and indeed, WHICH Curtiss is not indicated.

It should be noted that there were at least four other photographers of the era named Curtiss.
Curtiss, Frank H, New Haven, CT
Curtiss, Nathan S, Syracuse, NY
Curtiss, Charles E, New Haven, CT
Curtiss, D A, Port Byron, IL

Nathan Selah Curtis, photographer in Syracuse, NY, was the brother of Edwin Rodney Curtiss. Edwin Rodney Curtiss was the father of Frederick Willard Curtiss, the photographer reviewed on this page.


Example from PhotoTree
This card is by E R Curtiss, father of Frederick Willard Curtiss, reviewed on this page


photographer: F W Curtiss
Madison, WI
example from auction site

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George Washington Gardner of Ohio



Photographer: Gardner
Napoleon, Ohio

George Washington Gardner sr
(1828 - 1912)
George Washington Gardner jr
(1861 - 1920)

There were at least six George Gardner’s that were photographers in the cabinet card era. Three of them were in Ohio. Two of those lived in Napoleon, OH.

Sources: Democratic Northwest & Henry County Newspaper Item of 22 Jan 888 (DNHC Item); US census; city directories; newspaper item as noted

1828 Nov 23
New York, G W Gardner sr is born
1856 Apr 06
Seneca County, OH, Gardner sr marries Lavina Boehler
1860
Napoleon, OH, DNHC news item G W Gardner sr begins in photograph business
1861 Jan 28
Ohio state records George W jr is born to George W sr and Lovinia Boehler
1865
Napoleon, OH, DNHC news item G W Gardner sr comes to Napoleon. OH

1874
Napoleon, OH, DNHC news item G W Gardner jr becomes partner in gallery (if this is true junior would have been only 13)
1880 Jun 18
Napoleon, OH, US census Gardner sr as photographer, Gardner jr as photographer
1881 Sep 15
Napoleon, OH, DNHC newspaper ad Gardner and Son but gives no address
1882 Oct 19
Napoleon, OH, DNHC newspaper ad Garner’s Gallery no address
1883 Oct 18
Napoleon, OH, DNHC newspaper ad G W Gardner and Son
1884 Apr 17
Napoleon, OH, DNHC newspaper advertising picture of “Murderer Johnson” on sale at Gardner’s Gallery
1885 Oct 08
Napoleon, OH, DNHC Newspaper item Gardner jr. goes to Zanesville, IN, to set up new gallery
1887 Feb 24
Napoleon, OH, DNHC newspaper ad for Gardner and son gallery, no address shown
1888 Jan 22
Napoleon, OH, DNHC newspaper ad for Gardner and son gallery, no address shown

1889 Apr 18
Napoleon, OH, DNHC newspaper display ad for Gardner studio, frames and photographs
1889 Dec 04
Napoleon, OH, DNHC newspaper ad for G W Gardner studio (son not mentioned)
1891 May 14
Napoleon, OH, DNHC newspaper ad for G W Gardner studio
1892 May 05
Napoleon, OH, DNHC newspaper ad for G W Gardner studio Frames, Photographs and Ironing boards
1893 Apr 20
Napoleon, OH, DNHC newspaper ad for G W Gardner studio Frames, photographs and room moulding
1894 Nov 29
Napoleon, OH, DNHC newspaper ad for Gardner and Son studio no address
1895 Jan 24
Napoleon, OH, DNHC small newspaper ad for Gardner and Son studio
1896 Apr 23
Napoleon, OH, DNHC small newspaper ad for “Gardner’s”
1897 Jun 10
Napoleon, OH, DNHC newspaper ad for Gardner and son


1900 Jun 11
Napoleon, OH, US census Gardner sr as photographer, has three of his children working in the studio: Cecil, Mary and Joseph; Gardner jr has not been located for this year
1910 Apr 16
Napoleon, OH, US census, Gardner sr as “own income”; daughter Della (Mary Idella Gardner) as photographer
1910 Apr 23
Dry Valley, GA, US census, Gardner jr as photographer
1912 May 24
Napoleon, OH, state records, Gardner sr dies
1918
Memphis, TN, city directory, George jr and Bertha NOT listed
1920
Memphis, TN, city directory, George jr as photographer at 202 Beale; res 355 s 4th
1920 Apr 10
Daily Arkansas Gazette about Memphis, TN, George Gardner jr, 59, takes own life with gas

Democratic Northwest & Henry County News (Napoleon, OH) - 19 Oct 1882

The cabinet card at the top could have been done any time the Gardners were in business in Napoleon, OH, from 1874 to 1920. Quite likely the daughter Della carried on the same name on the cards after her father’s death. Since there are no addresses listed in the news ads or on the card itself, it cannot be dated closer than that. The style of the card would indicate the years around 1886 to 1890.

Any cards stamped Zanesville, OH, would have been done after 1885, when Gardner jr is said to have opened a studio there. There could be some cards finished while Gardner jr was living in Memphis, TN, in 1919-1921, and some could have been finished while he was in Dry Valley, GA, around 1910.

Democratic Northwest & Henry County News (Napoleon, OH) - 18 Oct 1883

Democratic Northwest & Henry County News (Napoleon, OH) - 15 Sep 1881

Democratic Northwest & Henry County News (Napoleon, OH) - 17 Apr 1884

Democratic Northwest & Henry County News (Napoleon, OH) - 08 Oct 1885


Democratic Northwest & Henry County News (Napoleon, OH) - 24 Feb 1887

Democratic Northwest & Henry County News (Napoleon, OH) - 18 Apr 1889

Democratic Northwest & Henry County News (Napoleon, OH) - 14 May 1891

Democratic Northwest & Henry County News (Napoleon, OH) - 05 May 1892


Democratic Northwest & Henry County News (Napoleon, OH) - 29 Nov 1894

And last, the sad story of the passing of G W Gardner, JR.

Democratic Northwest & Henry County News (Napoleon, OH) - 10 Apr 1920


Gardner and Son - Napoleon, OH
finished probably 1874-1920 - note: simpler logo was probably earlier in this period
example from auction site
update 30 Jul 2018

Gardner - Napoleon, OH
imprint using a blind stamp (embossed)
example from auction site

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