Richard R Smith seems to have had many interests. In various places he was listed as “showman”, photographer, “bathroom cabinet salesman” and local politician, including judge.
Very little else has been learned about R R Smith of Larned, KS, except that he really was a photographer for a period at least from 1890 to 1906. His brother C W Smith seems to have actually been the operator of the photograph studio in Larned, KS, at least around 1906. And his family really was a descendant of the “original” John Smith, historical pilgrim to the Americas.
Richard R Smith
(1853 - ?)
Iowa, state records, Richard R Smith is born
1885 Mar 01
Pleasant Valley, KS, state census, R R Smith as farmer
1890 Apr 11
Larned (KS) Eagle, news item R R Smith has exhibition of photographs
1892 Feb 19
Larned (KS) Eagle Optic, news item says R R Smith has left his brother C W Smith in charge of the photograph gallery; R R Smith is now in Iowa en-route to Illinois
1892 Mar 11
Larned (KS) Eagle Optic, news item says R R Smith will be in Illinois for two months
1892 Aug 05
Larned (KS) Chronoscope, news item says R R Smith has remodeled the gallery
1895 Mar 01
Larned, KS, state census, R R Smith as musician, C N Smith as photographer (apparently at same address)
1899 Jun 16
Larned (KS) Tiller and Toiler, small ad says R R Smith is now selling “Bath Cabinets” at his photograph
1899 Jun 23
Larned (KS) Tiller and Toiler, small ad says photographer Smith has property for sale and rent
1900 Jun 06
Larned, KS, US census, R R Smith as photographer; res Broadway st
1904 Mar 18
Larned (KS) Chronoscope small item says R R Smith took a photograph of president Roosevelt while in California; mentions Smith is an ex-judge
1905 Mar 01
Larned, KS, state census, R R Smith as “showman”
1905 Oct 27
Larned (KS) Tiller and Toiler news item says Judge R R Smith as finished the summer tour with the motion picture show and will open in Larned Oct 30
1906 Mar 30
Larned (KS) Tiller and Toiler news item says R R Smith will show titled “Slum and Deaconess work in Chicago"
1906 May 04
Larned (KS) Tiller and Toiler news item says R R Smith and J A Schnack will begin their animated picture show May 07
1906 Jun 28
Larned (KS) Tiller and Toiler news item says R R Smith and J A Schnack will give free show at convention hall Saturday night
Larned, KS, state census, R R Smith as “retired” “tourist”
Larned, KS, state census, R R Smith as retired
1930 Apr 04
Larned, KS, US census, R R Smith as no occupation; res 319 w Sixth
It seem unlikely that Richard R Smith was the photographer associated with Hooper
Larned (KS) Eagle Optic - 19 Feb 1892
Photograph at left is purported to be of R R Smith himself. It was probably finished in 1892 when Smith was in Iowa on his way to Illinois.>
photographer: Rhoner's Studio
Fifth Street, Carroll, IA
example from Sante Fe Trail Center
The cabinet card at the left is by Hooper and Smith. Henry Thomas Hooper was found and documented fairly well. See Henry Thomas Hooper page.
But there were at least NINE photographers named Smith that could POSSIBLY have been in Washington, KS, for a brief stay, between the years of 1892 and 1909. This is a list:
Smith, Charles P, Topeka, KS (123 miles to Washington)
Smith, Eugene Warren, Pittsburg, KS (290 miles to Washington)
Smith, Gregory, Ottawa, KS (171 miles to Washington)
Smith, Mrs M E, Chanute, KS; AKA Mrs M E Smith AND Mrs Mary Elizabeth Maters-Smith
Smith, P S, Le Roy, KS (193 miles to Washington)(the same as Peter Smith?)
Smith, Peter, Seneca, KS (71 miles to Washington)(No information found on either)
Smith, R R, Larned, KS (191 miles to Washington)
Smith, Rodrigo Gilbert Leavenworth, KS (144 miles to Washington)
Smith, W H, Pardee, KS, (Pardee is now a ghost town in Atchison county, KS)(117 miles to Washington)
The photographer Smith, of Hooper and Smith, could be any one or none of these. In order to determine which, if any, of these photographers was possibly the one associated with Henry T Hooper in Washington, KS, a timeline or biography for each was developed.
The research above shows that Richard R Smith was probably NOT the photographer who was the Smith of Smith and Hooper.
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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