Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Harvey and William Best



Photographer: Best
Albia, Iowa
(reverse blank)
Harvey Best (1866 - 1955)
William Best (1861 - 1918)

1861 Sep 20
Chariton, IA, state records, William Best is born to Joseph C Best and Elizabeth Creighton Alexander
1866 May 14
Chariton, IA, state records, Harvey E Best is botn to Joseph C Best and Elizabeth Creighton Alexander
1880
Charliton, IA, US census William Best as photographer age 18; Harvey is still in school at age 14
1882
Chicago, IL, city directory, William Best as cigar manufacturer with Best, Russell and Co. (Possibly not the same William Best)
1885
Chariton, IA, state census, Harvey Best no occupation shown
1888
Chariton, IA, state records, Harvey Best and Mabel W Myers are married; listed as photographer
1894
Chariton, IA, state records, daughter Marvel Doris Best is born to Harvey Best and Mabel W Myers
1898
Detroit, MI, city directory, Harvey E Best NOT listed
1899
Detroit, MI, city directory, Harvey E Best as retoucher; bds 184 2nd
1899 Nov 07
Detroit, MI, state records, Harvey E Best and Ida Risk are married; listed as photographer
1900
Grand Ledge, MI, US census Harvey E Best as photographer; res McMullen st;
1900 Jun 02
Chicago, IL, US census, William Best as a piano manufacturer; listed with wife and three children
1900
Detroit, MI, city directory, Harvey E Best NOT listed
1901
Detroit, MI, city directory, Harvey E Best (as Harry) as photographer, bds 397 Trombley av
1902
Detroit, MI, city directory, Harvey E Best NOT listed
1903, 1904
Detroit, MI, city directory, Harvey E Best (as Harry) with Goodson and Best, photographers, 1379 Jefferson; res: 28 Mansur
1905
Detroit, MI, city directory, Harvey E Best (as Harry), photographer; 28 Mansur
1906
Detroit, MI, city directory, Harvey Best as photographer, (as Harry) 38 Monroe; res same
1907
Detroit, MI, city directory, Harvey E Best as photographer, (as Harvey) 38 Monroe av; res 123 Linwood
1908
Detroit, MI, city directory, Harvey E Best as photographer, 39 Monroe; res 645 Humbolt
1910 Apr 25
Chicago, IL, US census William Best as picture framer, wife and three children listed; res 1433 S Clifton Park
1911
Detroit, MI, city directory, Harvey E Best as photographer; res 570 18th
1912
Detroit, MI, city directory, Harvey Best as photographer 648 Mich av; res 570 18th

1913
Detroit, MI, city directory, Harvey E Best as photographer at 648 Mich av; res 135 Leverett
1914
Detroit, Mi, & Des Moines, IA, city directory, Harvey Best NOT listed
1915
Des Moines, IA, city directory, Harvey E Best as photographer with Courtright Studio; res 1032 7th
1916 Aug 08
Ottumwa (IA) Weekly Courier small news item says Mr and Mrs Harvey Best of Des Moines, IA, is visiting his brother Jos Best in Ottumwa
1918
Muskegon, MI, city directory, Harvey Best with Melrose and Best as photographer; rms: 44 Lyman blk
1918 Dec 11
Chicago, IL, state records, William Best dies at age 57
1919, 1920
Muskegon, MI, city directory not available
1921
Muskegon, MI, city directory Harvey Best NOT listed; Adolph E Melrose as photographer at 44 Lyman blk
1930 Apr 07
Kansas City, MO, US census Harvey Best as “Healer”; res e 9th
1938 and 1941
Lansing, MI, city directory, Harvey Best as minister; living with Ida R, at Hotel Olds
1948
Lansing, MI, city directory, Harvey Best, no occupation shown
1951
Lansing, MI, city directory, Harvey Best as minister; res 509 Cherry
1954
Lansing, MI, city directory, Harvey Best as minister; res 704 Cherry
1955 Jul 04
Lansing, MI, State records, Harvey Best dies at age 89

This “Best” photographer is quite probably Harvey Best or his brother William Best. Both were photographers in the right period although William was a photographer only a short time. Both were born in Chariton, IA, Harvey moving to Detroit, MI, about 1899. William apparently lived in Chariton, IA, much of his life, dying in Chicago, IL, at age 57.
Nothing has been found to show which if either or both, worked in Albia, IA, to take this photograph. But, Albia is just 26 miles from Chariton.

William was photographer early on about 1880 but apparently did not continue in the business. A city directory for Chicago, IL, says there was a William Best in business as a cigar manufacturer. There is nothing to indicate it is the same William Best. The 1900 census places him in Chicago with wife and children where he is now a Piano Manufacturer. He died in 1918.

Harvey started in photography about 1887. Sometime after 1918, Harvey became a minister and “healer” in Detroit, MI, according to various city directory listings and the 1930 US census. He was not found in the 1920 US census.

It is quite likely that Harvey Best was the photographer for this cabinet card, sometime between 1885 and 1894.


Ottumwa (IA) Tri Weekly Courier - 08 Aug 1916


photographer: Best
Albia, IA
example from auction site

Lansing (MI) State Journal - 28 Apr 1955

Lansing (IL) Stat Journal - 05 Jul 1955

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Monday, May 27, 2019

William H Beck




Photographer:
Wm. H. Beck
Morrisonville, ILL
1894


Reverse of the card on the left
William Henry Beck
(1867 - 1903)

1867 Jan 13

Louisville, KY, state records, William Henry Beck is born to Frederick Wilhelm Beck and Anna Kathryn Modenbach
1880 Jun 26
Middletown, IN, US census William H Beck age 13 living with parents working in family business as shoemaker
1879 - 1883
Living in Indiana with parents
1887 Sep 22
Butler, IL, state records, sister Viola H Beck is born; W H Beck is now 20 years old, probably still living with parents
1891 Nov 24
Christian, IL, state records, William H Beck and Georgie Anna Harris are married
1893 Sep 22
Morrisonville, IL, state records, son Herbert Beck is born
1900 Jun 28
Morrisonville, IL, US census William H Beck as photographer; res 352 Railroad st
1902 Feb 20
Morrisonville, IL, state records, son Chester Lee Beck is born
1903 Dec 22
Morrisonville, IL, state records, William Henry Beck dies at age 36

It appears that William H Beck lived and worked in Morrisonville, IL, from about 1893 to his death in 1903.

This card is imprinted with the date 1894.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Alfred Baer




Photographer: Baer
Baraboo, Wis


reverse of the card at the left


Photographer: Baer
Baraboo, Wis


Photographer: Baer
Barraboo, Wis



Photographer: Baer
Barraboo, Wis

Alfred Baer
(1853 - 1934)

Sources: City directories, US and State census, BarabooPublicLibrary.com, Ancestry.com

Timeline
1853 Feb 07
Horgen, Zurich, Switzerland, Alfred Baer is born to Carl Baer and Barbara Gattiker
1870
Arrival in the US according to US census 1900 and 1910
1870
Baraboo, WI, US census Alfred Baer at 7, living with Gattiker family
1773 Mar 04
Janesville (WI) Daily news item says J A Tice has opened a gallery in Watson’s new block on West Milwaukee street
1875 Nov 17
Janesville (WI) Daily Gazette, news item mentions Alfred Baer is working at Tice’s gallery; J A Tice was a “photographist” in Janesville, WI, from about 1870 to 1880
(see Tice timeline at bottom of this page)

1880
Baraboo, WI, (from LacrossHistory.org) Baer worked at William Lathrop studio, La Crosse, WI; no confirmation on this fact could be found
1880 May 25
Sauk County, WI, state records, Alfred Baer and Emily Bosshard are married
1880 Jun 08
La Crosse, WI, US census, Alfred Baer as photographer, living with in-laws
1880 Oct
Baraboo, WI, Baraboopubliclibrary.com, (see below) Alfred Baer opens gallery at 323 Oak st
1885 Jun 20
Baraboo, WI, state census, Alfred Baer no occupation shown
1892 Oct
Baraboo, Wi, Baraboopubliclibrary.com (see below) Alfred Baer sells gallery at 323 Oak to Arthur T Johnson
1895 Jun 03
West Concord, MN, state census, Alfred Baer as photographer (Wife and three children listed)
1897 Dec 03
Date of naturalization in US

1900 Jun 01
Kenyon, Goodhue, MI, US census, Alfred Baer as photographer; res Main st
1905 Jun 26
Kenyon, Goodhue, MI, Minnesota Territorial census, as photographer
1907
Red Wing, MN, city directory Alfred Baer as photographer; NOT listed in business pages
1909
Red Wing, MN, city directory Alfred Baer as photographer, Opera House blk, Kenyon; res 3 south of 5th
1910 Apr 25
Kenyon, MI, US census, Alfred Baer as “Own income”; res Forest st (Baer has probably retired about this year)
1911
Kenyon and Red Wing, MN, city directory, Alfred Baer NOT listed in res or business section
1924
Red Wing, MN, city directory, under Kenyon, Alf Baer, no address or occupation shown
1934 Mar 21
Kenyon, MI, state records, Alfred Baer is dead at age 81


There were many references to an Alfred Baer, physician, and an Alfred Baer, clergyman, but no connection could be made to the photographer.

No guess on the age of this cabinet card. If further information turns up it will be added here.

Janesville (WI) Daily Gazette - 17 Nov 1875


Minneapolis (MN) Star - 11 Feb 1924

Wisconsin State Journal - 09 Feb 1924


Wisconsin State Journal - 03 Mar 1925

Minneapolis (MI) Star Tribune - 23 Mar 1934

Minneapolis (MI) Star - 23 Mar 1934



page image from Baraboo

Alfred Baer

Brief timeline for
Jacob Tice

1876
Janesville, WI, city directory, J A Tice as photographer at 14 W Milwaukee; res 42 Academy; Jacob Tice Jr also bds at 42 Academy
1884
Janesville, WI, city directory, J A Tice as photographer at 16 W Milwaukee; res 42 s Academy;
1889
Janesville, WI, city directory Jacob A Tice photographer at 26 W Milwaukee; res 203 s Academy
1892
Janesville, WI, city directory, J A Tice as photographer at 26 W Milwaukee; res 203 s Academy
1894
Janesville, WI, city directory, J A Tice as photographer at 18 W Milwaukee; res 203 s Adams
1903
Janesville, WI, city directory, J A Tice NOT listed; Frances Tice as widow of Jacob A; res 203 S Academy


photographer: J A Tice
16 w Milwaukee st, Janesville, WI
example from pinterest, no source shown


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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Joseph H Allen




Photographer: J. H. Allen
Russell, Kansas


reverse of the card at the left
(Probably finished between 1884 and 1908; card design from around 1870-1890)

On Reverse:
Clovis N. M.
June 24 - ???9
I found this picture of
you and your girl and
I know you want it
so this is why I am
sending it to you well
I (illegible) you have changed
some since I saw you
last you have growned
to be good looking
since I saw you last
please write me a perscription
on beauty finding and
maby some day I will
send you and Lizzie
one of my picture
Guess who

On front:
This speaks of the future
Ha Ha


Joseph H Allen
(1849 - 1920)

1849 Jan 02
England Wales birth records, Joseph H Allen is born
1866
Although two US census reports show J H Allen as arriving in the US in 1866, the obituary shows that he arrived after 1871
England, 1920 obituary Joseph H Allen and Catherine Rowse are married
1875
Connecticut, US census 1880, daughter Ida Allen is born
1877
Connecticut, US census 1880, daughter Alberta Allen is born
1879
Kansas, US census 1880, son Henry C Allen is born
1880 Jun 23
Big Creek, Russell, KS, US census J H Allen is shown as farmer; also US appointments report show Russel as US postmaster at Winterset, Russell, Ks, until 17 Jul 1882

1881
Russell, KS, US register of Civil, Military and Naval Service, J H Allen is resident
1882 Jul 06
Russell (KS) Hawkeye, small ad says J H Allen is selling groceries cheap, one door south of Ioas’ photo gallery
1884
According to J H Allen’s obituary in 1920, son Henry dies at age 5
1885 Mar 01
Russell, KS, Kansas state census, J H Allen as photographer, living with two daughters
1892 Jan 07
Russell (KS) Journal news item says J H Allen, photographer, has purchased a bicycle
1892 Jul 07
The (Russell KS) Journal, small ad says J H Allen is selling cabinet cards at 3 dollars a dozen
1892 Jul 14
The (Russell KS) Journal, small ad for J H Allen photographer
1895 Mar 01
Russell, KS, Kansas state census, J H Allen as photographer, living with two daughters, Ida and Alberta and a third person named Maude, 16. Born in Michigan

1896
Russell, KS, city directory, (hand written) J H Allen no occupation shown
1899 Sep 30
Russell (KS) Record, small item says J H Allen has purchased his old establishment back from Miss Cook
1900 Jun 08
Russell, KS, US census, J H Allen as photographer living with one daughter, Alberta
1901 Jan 26
Russell (KS) Record, small item says J H Allen as photographer is at 9th and Kansas in Russell, KS
1908
Russell, KS, city directory J H Allen as photographer (page not available)
1909 Aug 27
Russell (KS) Informer, news item mentions J H Allen photograph studio in Oakley, KS
1910 Apr 21
Oakley, Logan, KS, US census, J H Allen as photographer on Center Street; the obituary says he lived in Oakley for seven years

1912
Kansas City, Kansas, city directory, J H Allen as photographer (actual page missing); the city is probably actually Oakley and not Kansas City
1915 Feb 15
Oakley, Logan, Kansas state census, J H Allen as photographer
1918 Oct 10
Russell (KS) Record news item says J H Allen, resident of Oakley, KS, for a number of years, is now moving back to Russell, KS
1920 Nov 04
Russell (KS) Record, news item says J H Allen is ill in Hill City, KS
1920 Nov 26
Hill City, Graham, KS, state records, J H Allen dies at age 66 (both newspaper obituaries erroneously say his age was 71 although they both state the correct dates of birth and death, which make his age 66);


Available records show that J H Allen was a photographer from 1885 to 1918. He worked in Russell, KS, from about 1885 to about 1912. There is also some evidence that he worked in smaller towns near Russell, KS, for short periods during this time. He worked in Oakley, KS from 1912 to October of 1918. It is not clear if he continued with the photograph gallery after that.

It is quite possible that the Cabinet Card at the top is a copy of an earlier photograph. The detail is very soft. It is quite faded and damaged however, making assessment difficult.

Russell (KS) Hawkeye - 06 Jul 1882

Russell (KS) Journal - 07 Jan 1892

The (Russell KS)Journal - 07 Jul 1892


Russell (KS) Journal - 14 Jul 1892


Russell (KS) Journal - 14 Jul 1892


Russell (KS) Record - 30 Sep 1899


Russell (KS) Record - 30 Sep 1899

Russell (KS) Record - 26 Jan 1901


Russell (KS) Informer - 27 Aug 1909


Russell (KS) Record - 10 Oct 1918


Russell (KS) Record - 04 Nov 1920

Russell (KS) Informer - 30 Nov 1920

Russell (KS) Record - 02 Dec 1920

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Edward David Zellner



Photographer: E. D. Zellner
Junction City, Kas.
See also: Pennell and Zellner

More examples at Kansas Historical Society

Edward David Zellner
(Dec 1867 - 12 Oct 1936)

E. D. Zellner engaged in several businesses over his lifetime. He seemed to maintain his photography business most of the time from 1890 to about 1920. He was at the same time a cigar maker and a Billiards Parlor operator. He raised pigeons, chickens and rabbits and still maintained a photograph business and Post Cards. It is difficult to tell which business was his side business. His photography business was most often just for the sale of postcards which were called “Views”, taken of the surrounding area, mostly at Fort Riley, KS.

He partnered with Joseph Judd Pennell for about two years, 1890-1891. Then he partnered with Williams for most of the other ventures lasting up to 1900. No mention of Williams was found after 1900 except ads for the Fort Riley “Views”. No other information is available on "Williams" as of Sep 2017.

The grocery business, including pigeons, rabbits and chickens seems to dominate his business life after 1910 although he still gives his profession as photographer on the Kansas census of 1915 and the US census of 1910 and 1920.

Except for the short period of the partnership with J. J. Pennell, it will be difficult to date any photographs from E. D. Zellner. The generic photographs of Fort Riley sold as “Views” were apparently reprinted several times.

1867
Born in Junction City, KS
1884
in Atchison, KS working at 409 Commercial, profession not given
1890
marries Elenora C. Roth (1870-1963)
1890
begins partnership with J J Pennell (probably sometime late in the year)
1891 Mar 07
news item Zellner opens studio over Post Office in Junction City, KS
1893
news item Pennell buys out E. D. Zellner
1893 Nov 25
news item Zellner opens a “Holiday and Variety” store called “The Fair”
1898
news items Williams & Zellner cigar makers
1899 May 12
news item 12 cab cards prize at school field day. Cigars and Views ads on same page
1899 July - Nov
news ad weekly Williams and Zellner, photo gallery at Ft. Riley, Ks, and as cigar makers

1900
US census as photographer Junction City, KS
1900
Jul - Aug ad for photograph made at 25 cents, Junction City, KS
1900 Aug 03
news item Williams & Zellner take over studio in Junction City, KS
1905
Kansas census as photographer at Junction City, KS
1910
US census as photographer at 201 e 14th, Junction City, KS
1915
Kansas census as photographer in Junction City, KS
1919
Junction City census, shows ten in his family and no other details
1920
US census as photographer at 201 E 14th, Junction City, KS
1925-1930
Kansas and US census as grocery merchant 201 E 14th Junction City, KS
1930
US census as grocery merchant 201 E 14th, Junction City, KS
1936
death at 68 in Junction City, KS


Joseph Judd Pennell

Source: The University of Kansas Libraries
http://etext.ku.edu/view?docIdThe University of Kansas Libraries=ksrlead/ksrl.kc.pennelljoseph.xml

BIOGRAPHY of Joseph Judd Pennell

The son of a confederate soldier, Joseph Judd Pennell was born March 9, 1866 in Kings Creek, North Carolina. When he was about 18, his father's business failed and the family could no longer afford the cost of private education in the North Carolina schools. A cousin returning from a trip to Kansas told of the good public schools in Kansas, so the decision was made to leave North Carolina and settle in Kansas.

In his first years in Kansas, Joseph Pennell worked as a carpenter making coffins for an Abilene undertaker.

His first venture into the business of photography began in March 1888, when he bought a half interest in a Junction City studio owned by L.A. Ramsour.

After a year of work in the studio he quit to travel through the countryside making photographs in his "photo car", probably a wagon with a darkroom set up in it. A year of touring the countryside gave him the desire for a more stable and permanent business, so he returned to Junciton City and entered a brief partnership with S.D. Hopkins.

At the end of a year, he opened a studio in partnership with Ed Zellner, whom he bought out two years later in 1893.

In 1898, he married Edith Stanley and their only child, Joseph Stanley Pennell was born in 1903.

As a photographer, Pennell was a success in both the business and the photographic world. His business grew enough for him to have a new studio built in 1907. The building is still in use in Junction City.

Along with his business success, Pennell achieved recognition and awards for his photography. His work was shown at the World's Fair in 1893 and at the St. Louis Exposition in 1904. It was also published in photographic journals and in popular magazines of the time such as Munsey's and Ladies Home Journal.

Pennell was active in his community, serving on the Board of Education, the Chamber of Commerce and in organizations such as the Rotary Club and Knights of Columbus.

Pennell continued to operate his studio until his premature death by blood poisoning at the age of 56 on April 3, 1922. His widow, Edith, kept the studio running for about a year, after which the negatives went into storage. Subsequently, the negatives became the property of Pennell's son, Joseph Stanley Pennell, the author of two novels based on his family history and life in Junction City, The History of Rome Hanks and The History of Nora Beckham.

Over the years, many of Pennell's classic photographs have made their way into print and on television, including a shot of a Junction City bar that became part of the opening credits to NBC's comedy series, "Cheers," which was set in a Boston bar.

See Cabinet Card example on the page for J J Pennell



Following are a just a few of the ads and items featuring the various enterprises of E D Zellner, found in local newspapers of the time.

13 May 1890

06 Dec 1890

14 Feb 1891

01 Mar 1891

16 May 1891

01 Aug 1891

30 Jan 1892

02 Jul 1892

29 Jan 1892

25 mar 1893

25 Mar 1893

25 mar 1893

25 Nov 1893

09 Dec 1893

03 Feb 1894

12 May 1894

02 Jun 1894


02 Feb 1895

12 Feb 1897

05 Mar 1897

02 Apr 1897

30 Apr 1898

09 Sep 1898

09 Sep 1898

30 Jun 1899

30 Dec 1899

09 Aug 1899

09 Feb 1900

05 Mar 1900

22 may 1900

12 Oct 1900

26 Mar 1909

26 Mar 1909

17 Feb 1911

15 Jan 1914


20 Dec 1914

21 Apr 1916

29 Apr 1916

10 Jul 1916

11 Dec 1916

18 Jul 1917

08 Apr 1918


photographer: Zellner and Pennell
Wakefield, KS
from website Who Were They?


photographer: Pennell and Zellner
cor 7th and Wash., Junction City, KS
example from Kansas State Historical Org

photographer: Zellner
over Post Office
example from Kansas State Historical Org


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