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

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 LOST GALLERY.

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.


photographer: Wm H Beck
Morrisonville, IL
branch gallery Raymond, IL
example from pinterest



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Some examples on this page have been enhanced or restored for clarity and presentation here.

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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


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 LOST GALLERY.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Frank Rufus Barrows

This is a special page presenting a cabinet card not in LOST GALLERY. It's by a very interesting photographer from the collection of rfinch on Ancestry.com



from the collection of
rfinch on Ancestry.com

Star Gallery was located at 16 w Berry st in Fort Wayne, IN, from about 1884 to about 1891. The cabinet card shown here was probably done then.

Frank Rufus Barrows
(1854 - 1920)

1854
Frank Rufus Barrows is born in Sturgis, MI
1877
Marriage to Abbie H. Johnson
1880
US census Fort Wayne, IN, as photographer; res 132 Madison st
1884 May 10
Fort Wayne (IN) Daily News item from Felix Schanz about opening the Star Gallery
1884
Fort Wayne, (IN) Daily News 26 small ads for Star Gallery, 16 w Berry st
1885 Jul 29
Fort Wayne, (IN) Daily News small item about artist Phillipe De Vaane visiting at Gallery, 16 w Berry st
1886 Oct - Dec
Fort Wayne (IN) Daily News 7 small ads for Star Gallery at 16 w Berry
1887 - 1889
Fort Wayne (IN) Daily News and Sentinel many small ads for Star Gallery at 16 w Berry
1889 Mar 01
Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel news item Frank Barrows’ brother, Charles V Barrows marries Nellie Hollister

1890 Jan 28
Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel news item about Charles Barrows, proprietor of Star Gallery (address not given)
1891 Aug 21, 27
Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel and Fort Wayne (IN) Weekly Journal news item Star Gallery in Sturgis, MI, burns
1893
Waterloo (IN) Press item says G J Parrot is takes over studio at Berry and Calhoun on 11 Sep
1893
Fort Wayne, IN, city directory Barrows as photographer at 62-64 Calhoun and 21-23 w Berry
1896
Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette item mentions Barrows owns x-ray tube
1897 - 1899
Fort Wayne, IN, city directory as photographer at 23 w Berry
1898 Feb 20
Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette item about Barrows studio at 23 Berry st, Fort Wayne, IN
1900
US census Fort Wayne, IN, as photographer
1901 March
Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel item says F R Barrows is leaving Ft Wayne; George Parrot is to take over gallery

1901 Mar 25
Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel item says F R Barrows home at 11 Edgewater is for sale
1902 Aug 14
Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette item says F R Barrows is now resident of Boston, MA
1902 -1904
Boston, MA, city directory as photographer at 1873 Dorchester av; res 2 Lombard
1903
Indianapolis (IN) Journal item mentions F R Burroughs of Boston
1902 - 1904
Boston, MA, city directory as photographer at 1873 Dorchester
1905
Boston, MA, city directory as photographer at 1330 Beacon
1909 Jul 19
Vicksburg (MI) American news item about photographers convention in New York, F R Barrows as president, article mentions he is from Boston.
1920 Jan 05
US census Eugene, OR, as no occupation living with daughter and her husband
1920 Jul 29
Eugene, Lane, OR, Frank Rufus Barrows dies at age 65

continued on next row

The Star Gallery was a business owned and operated by Frank Rufus Barrows. There was a Star Gallery located in at least two cities, Fort Wayne, IN, and another about fifty miles north in Sturgis, MI. Barrows had several photographers operating in these studios over the years. His brother Charles Barrows worked in both studios at times and was operating the one in Sturgis when it burned down in August of 1891.

Star Gallery was located at 16 w Berry st in Fort Wayne, IN, from about 1884 to about 1891. The cabinet card shown here was probably done then.

Felix Schanz operated the Star Gallery in Fort Wayne from about May of 1884 to Oct of 1886 when there was apparently a rather acrimonious separation. Schanz then opened his own gallery at 60 Calhoun st in Fort Wayne.

In April of 1895, Miss Marguerite Hanns went to work for Barrows at the Fort Wayne

Between 1893 and 1898 Barrows operated galleries at 62 64 Calhoun and 21-23 Berry but the name “Star Gallery” seems to have been dropped from the advertising and news items.

Fort Wayne (IN) Daily Gazette -
10 May 1884

Fort Wayne Sentinel - 28 Oct 1886


Fort Wayne Sentinel - 20 Nov 1886

Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette -
24 May 1890


Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel - 21 Aug 1891


Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel - 20 Jul 1894

Waterloo (IN) Press - 09 Nov 1893

Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel - 27 Apr 1895


Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel 02 Mar 1901

Fort wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette -
02 Mar 1902




photographer: F Schanz
112 Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, IN
example from Rescued Photo
(see mention above)

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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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James Madison Elliott

James Madison Elliott
(1842-1899)

J. M. Elliott and his brother George Rodiman Elliott were both photographers. While George moved around a lot and often worked in studios of other photographers, James established his own studio on south High Street and didn’t move much. His first documented studio was at 101 then 107 then 95 and finally 111 ½, all on south High Street. He stayed at 111 ½ south High Street from 1888 until his death in 1899

James M. Madison’s widow Idell, held on to the studio at 111 ½ High and kept it running. In 1911 she remarried to Frank Myers, she was again widowed within a year. She kept the studio until 1924 when she apparently retired at 49 and moved to California.



photographer: J. M. Elliott
95 S High St
Columbus O

reverse of card at left

Timeline
All news ads and items are from the Columbus, OH, Daily Ohio Statesman unless otherwise noted.
1842 Jan 31
James M Elliott born in Plymouth, MI
1860 (age 18)
living at home working as blacksmith
1863 Dec 03
news item list of photographers in Columbus, OH, who are making charitable donations
1864
Columbus, OH, city directory as photographer at 101 s High
1866 Sep 17
Daily Ohio Statesman mentions photographers Warner and Elliott of South High Street
1868 March through 1869 Jan
small newspaper ad, photographer at 107 High st, Columbus, OH
1869
Columbus, OH city directory as photographer at 107 s High
1875 - 1886
Columbus, OH city directory as photographer at 95 High
1886 Nov 25
ad in Cincinnati paper J. M. Elliott through with politics
1888
Columbus, OH, city directory, brother George R. is working at Elliott gallery
1888 - 1899
Columbus, OH, city directory as photographer at 111 ½ s High

1899 Sep 03
James dies at age 57 in Columbus, OH; reported by the Sandusky Star 1899 Sep 04
1900 - 1910
Columbus, OH, city directory Idell Elliott as Widow, proprietor of Elliott Gallery
1911 - 1912
Idell as Mrs Idell Myers proprietor of Elliott studio at 111 ½ s High
1912 - 1924
Mrs Idell Elliott as proprietor of Elliott studio at 111 ½ s High (changed name back)
1925 - 1926
Idell NOT in Columbus, OH, city directory residential or business section
1936 Sep 28
Idell Elliott is found on a passenger manifest for a ship sailing into New York. List includes place of birth as Nevada, OH. It also includes her 1936 address as 840 Serrano av which agrees with a city directory listing that year.
1936 Sep 13
Idell is now living in Las Angels, CA
1937 - 1938
Las Angles, CA, listings in city directory at 840 Ceranno
1940 - 1941
Las Angles, CA listings in city directory at 511 Cerrano
1941
Idell dies age 66 in Las Angles, CA (No more listings in the city directory)

This cabinet card must have been finished in that period when the studio was at 95 South High, 1875-1886.


Daily Ohio Statesman - 17 Sep 1866

Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer - 25 Nov 1886

Cincinnati (OH)Enquirer - 09 Sep 1889

Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer - 15 Sep 1888

Evening Review - 23 Feb 1899


Evening Review - 27 Apr 1899

Sandusky (OH) Star Journal - 04 Sep 1899



photographer: J M Elliott
No 107 S High Street, Columbus, OH
example from pinterest, no source credit
very poor scan

photographer: J M Elliott
113 South High, Columbus, OH
example from Harvard U

reverse of card at left



photographer Elliott
Columbus, OH
example from auction site

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 LOST GALLERY.

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