Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Edward Stewart Tray


photographer Edward Stewart Tray
Corner of Main and Mechanic
Jackson, MI
Contributed by Ann Lind

photographer Edward Stewart Tray
Jackson, MI
Contributed by Ann Lind

Edward Stewart Tray
(1865 - 1924)

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

1865 Jun 09
Edward Stewart Tray is born to Michael James Tray and Margaret Lanigan
1878 Apr 08
Jackson, MI, state records, E S Tray’s father Michael James Tray dies
1883
Jackson, MI, city directory, E S Tray begins his photography career at age 18, working for H A Stelle; His residence is 335 2nd st which apparently is the family home as over the years, various combinations of his three brothers and two sisters are living at the same address with their mother, the widowed Margaret Lanigan. Photographer E S Tray lives at that address until 1922 with only brief stays at other addresses from 1900 to 1904
1885
Jackson, MI, city directory, E S Tray as photographer working for J M LeClair
1887
Jackson, MI, city directory, Edward Tray as photographer at 221 Main; res 335 2nd
1888
Jackson, MI, city directory, as Edward Tray, photographer; not listed in business pages; probably working for LeClair again

-- continued in next row --
St Joseph Herald - 18 Jan 1902


1890 - 1898
Jackson, MI, city directory, as photographer at 101 w Main; res 335 2nd
1898 Jul 11
Jackson, MI, state records, E S Tray marries Ida Stoddard
1899
Jackson, MI, city directory as photographer at Allen Bennett block; res 335 2nd
1899 Feb 02
Detroit (MI) Free Press, news item mentions Photographer’s Association president E S Tray
1900
Jackson, MI, US census as photographer at 173 Main st; city directory as photographer at 23 Allen Bennett block, res same
1902
Jackson, MI, city directory, as photographer at 25 Allen Bennett block; rooms same
1904 and 1905
Jackson, MI, city directory as photographer at 134 Courtland, res same
1906 and 1907
Jackson, MI, city directories unavailable
1908
Jackson, MI, city directory as photographer (E Steuart Tray) at 134 Courtland; res 335 2nd; also appears to operating his deceased brother James’ saloon at 126 Mechanic
1909
Jackson, MI, city directory as photographer at 134 Cortland; res 335 2nd

1910
Jackson, MI, city directory as photographer, res 335 2nd, (note: no other Trays are listed)
1912
Jackson, MI, city directory as photographer at 204 Francis; res 335 2nd, no other Trays listed
1913
Jackson, MI, city directory as photographer; res 335 2nd; Not listed in business pages
1914 - 1915
Jackson, MI, city directory NOT listed residential or business pages
1917
Jackson, MI, city directory as photographer; res 335 2nd ; not listed in business pages
1918
Jackson, MI, city directory as photographer at 101 w Main; res 335 2nd
1920
Jackson, MI, US census as photographer res 335 2nd st; city directory as photographer at 101 w Main
1921
Jackson, MI, city directory as photographer at 101 w Main; res 335 2nd
1922
Jackson, MI, city directory not available
1924
Jackson, MI, city directory as photographer, 3rd floor Kassick Bldg; res 701 2nd
1924 Mar 25
Jackson, MI, state records, W S Tray dies at age 58 of angina pectoris

Here is a recap of known studio addresses. If no studio address is listed in the directory, it is likely Tray was working for another photographer at the time.

1883 - no studio; working for H A Hyde
1885 - no studio; working for J M LeClair
1887 - 221 Main
1888 - no studio; possibly working for LeClair again
1890 - 1898 101 w Main (probably as Corner of Main and Mechanic)
1899 - Allen Bennett Block
1900 - 173 Main
1902 - 25 Allen Bennett block
1904 - 1905 134 Cortland
1908 - 1909 134 Cortland
1910 - no studio
1912 - 204 Francis
1913 - no studio
1917 - no studio
1918 - 1921 101 w Main
1924 - 3rd fl Kassick Bldg

The first card here was probably done between 1890 and 1898 or 1918 and 1921. The second card could have been finished any time he had his own studio between 1887 and 1924.

Detroit Free Press - 02 Feb 1899

Detroit (MI) Free Press - 04 Feb 1897

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