Monday, January 7, 2019

William Henry Boardman



photographer Boardman
Union Block, Trumansburg, NY

William H Boardman
(1869-1943)

Looking at the records, from about 1900 until his death in 1943, William Henry Boardman was often listed as a photographer, his residence and studio at 1060 South Avenue, Rochester, NY.

He was not, however, a photographer during that time. He was a photo-finisher, a term probably unfamiliar in those days.

The records are rather thin before that. One Ithaca, NY, city directory record does place him firmly as photographer in Trumansburg, NY, in 1890. That lasted perhaps until about 1897. He may have worked in other small towns in the area also.

He seems to have tried other employments around the turn of the century, 1900. Between 1898 and 1903 he worked with Eastman Kodak, Mohawk Camera Company and he may also have worked as photographer for other studios. But, after that he works at 1060 South Avenue for the next 40 years as a photo finisher.

There were at least two other photographers named Boardman in upper New York state about the same time. There was George Boardman and B D Boardman of Seneca Falls, NY. So far nothing has been found to place either of these Boardman’s in Ithaca, NY or connect either of them with William Herbert of Rochester, NY.

The cabinet card shown here was likely done in that early time around 1897 when William H Boardman was in Ithaca, NY, working as a photographer.

1869 Mar 12
District of Columbia, US and NY census, W H Boardman is born to Myron Boardman and Almira L Huestis
1870 through 1882
Ithaca, NY, city directory not available
1883
Ithaca, NY, city directory, W H Boardman NOT listed
1884 through 1887
Ithaca, NY, city directory not available
1888
Ithaca, NY, city directory, W H Boardman NOT listed

1889
Ithaca, NY, city directory not available
1890
Ithaca, NY, city directory, W H Boardman as photographer IN Trumansburg, NY
No records have been found to place Boardman between 1891 and 1897. It is speculation but he probably moved to Trumansburg, NY, which had no city directory.
1895, 1896
Rochester, NY, city directory William H Boardman NOT listed
1896
US census of 1900 says Boardman was married to Alice Mosher this year, location not known
1897, 1898
Rochester, NY, city directory William H Boardman as “operator” at 343 State; res 8 Stone Park
1898
Rochester, NY, NY State records, birth of daughter Albertine
1899
Rochester, NY, city directory Wm H Boardman as “shipper” at 48 Stone; res 421 Plymouth av


1899 Nov 19
Buffalo (NY) Morning Express, item says Boardman has entered prints in a photo competition
1900
Rochester, NY, US census, William H Boardman listed with occupation rather illegible but could possibly be “Camera Maker”; res 421 Plymouth
1900
Rochester, NY, city directory, William H Boardman, 248 Mill; res 421 Plymouth (not in business pages)
1901
Rochester, NY, city directory, William H. Boardman, 421 Plymouth av (not in business pages)
1902, 1903
Rochester, NY, city directory, William H. Boardman as photographer, res 421 Plymouth av (not in business pages)
1904 - 1908
Rochester, NY, city directory, Wm Boardman as photographer; res 1060 South av; (not in business pages)
1910 - 1914
Rochester, NY, city directory, Wm Boardman; res 1060 South av, NOT listed in business pages

1915
Rochester, NY, NY state census, W H Boardman as photographer; 1060 South av; occupation “Photo Work”
1915 - 1919
Rochester, NY, city directory Wm H Boardman as photographer at 1060 South av; res same; NOT listed in business pages
1920 not available
1921 through 1935
Rochester, NY, city directory Wm H Boardman as photographer at 1060 South av; res same; listed in business pages as “photographer”
1936 - 1939
Rochester, NY, city directory Wm H Boardman as photographer at 1060 South av; res same; Business pages not available
1940, 1941
Rochester, NY, city directory Wm H Boardman as photographer at 1060 South av; res same; listed in business pages as “photographer”
1943 Jan 10
Rochester, NY, Find A Grave, W H Boardman dies at age 73; buried in Trumansburg, NY

Buffalo (NY) Evening News - 03 Feb 1900

Ithaca (NY) Journal - 19 Oct 1915


Rochester (NY) Democrat Chronicle - 28 Feb 1935


Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle - 12 jan 1943

Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle
- 06 Apr 1943



photographer Boardman
Union Block, Trumansburg, NY
example from FindAGrave website

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