Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Frank Elmer Hewitt



Photographer: Frank Hewitt
Nunda, N. Y.

Frank Elmer Hewitt (14 Nov 1865 - 10 Apr 1946)

1865
Born at Dalton, Livingston, NY
1870
(US Census) age 5, living in Nunda, NY
1891
(1900 US Census) Marriage to Carrie Adeline Marshal (1871-1954) In Nunda, NY
1894-1896
(US Census) two sons born in Oakland, NY
1900
(US Census) as photographer in Nunda, NY
1903
(city directory) as photographer in Corning, NY
1910
(US Census) as photographer in Corning NY (60 miles from Nunda, NY)
1938
(City Directory) partnered with son Fred in Corning, NY
1939
(city directory) as photographer at 136 Pine, Corning, NY
1944
(city directory) as photographer at 136 Pine, Corning NY
1946
Death in Corning, NY

It may be important to note that Dalton, Portage, Nunda and Oakland, NY are all within a four mile radius, almost like one small, rural town.

This cabinet card must have been done before about 1902 and after about 1890.




photographer: Hewitt
Nunda, NY
example from auction site

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Monday, August 26, 2019

DeWitt Clinton Pratt



Photographer
D C Pratt
Aurora, Illinois.
(enhanced example)


It is difficult to believe but there were at least three people in eastern US, in the 19th century, named DeWitt Clinton Pratt; a constable, a carpenter and a photographer. There were even more named DeWitt Pratt, D. Pratt and D. C. Pratt.

D. C. Pratt spent most of his career working in Aurora, IL. When he died in 1903 his son, Edmund carried on the profession with a few interruptions until his death in 1924.

The timeline here shows a few variances in the studio address which should help date a card when the address is included in imprint.

DeWitt Clinton Pratt
(1823 - 1903)

Births of children included in lieu of other unavailable documents to show the location of D. C. Pratt
1823 Aug 14
D. C. Pratt born in Homer, Cortland, NY
1847 Jul 13
marries Mary M Burdick
1850 Jan
daughter Florence Mary Pratt born in Aurora, IL
1856 Feb 14
daughter Eveline Estelle Pratt born in Lake Forest, IL
1860 Jan
daughter Francis Eugenia Pratt born in Aurora, IL
1860 Jun 14
US census as “Artist” in Aurora, IL

1863 Jul 01
Civil War draft registration, as artist
1864
Aurora, IL, city directory as photographer
1866 Oct 16
son Edmund C. Pratt born in Aurora, IL
1867
Aurora, IL, city directory as photographer at 48 Broadway
1870 Jul 20
US census as photographer
1880 Jun 12
US census as photographer at 48 s Broadway
1885
marries Charlotte A. Pratt in Aurora, IL
1900 Jun 01
US census as photographer; res at 19 so Lincoln
1902
Aurora, IL, city directory as photographer; res 19 so Lincoln
1903 Aug 24
dies in Aurora, IL at age 80

So DeWitt Clinton Pratt was an active photographer from about 1850 to 1902. From the physical appearance of the card, it was probably done early in the decade following 1890.


full page ad from the 1880 Aurora, IL, city directory

Interocean Sun - 31 Dec 1893



photographer: Pratt
Broadway, Aurora, IL
CDV example from James Agnew on Flickr

reverse of card at left

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Herman J Mueller


Photographer: H. J. Mueller
S. W. Cor. Center and Third sts.
Milwaukee, WIS


This is the reverse of the Cabinet Card on the left.
See another photo by Mueller HERE

Herman J Mueller
(1866 - 21 Jan 1897)

1866
Born in Germany and immigrates to Wisconsin when still a baby
1880
(US Census) as 14 year old
1881
not found in directory
1882
not found in directory
1883
(Milwaukee, WI city directory) as photographer at 316 Vliet
1884
(Milwaukee, WI city directory) as photographer at 670 Island st
1885
not found in directory
1886 - 1889
(Milwaukee, WI city directory) as photographer at 720 Third st

1890 - 1894
(Milwaukee, WI city directory) as photographer at 1039 Third st
1895
not found in directory
1896
(Milwaukee, WI, city directory) as photographer at 640 Third st
1897
dies in Milwaukee, WI. At 30 years old

Streets in Milwaukee, WI, have shifted around somewhat since the late 1800’s. Third street is not MLK street. This cabinet card would probably have been done sometime after 1886 up to 1897.



photographer: H J Mueller
example from auction site

photographer: H J Mueller
example from auction site

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Henry S Miller of Wisconsin


Photographer: Miller and Chadbourne
Fond Du Lac, Wis

Henry Samuel Miller
(1863 - 1933)

Sources: city directories, US census, “History of Fond du Lac County 1884, newspaper items as noted

1863 Mar 09
Lithgo, NY, Henry Samuel Miller is born to Samuel King Miller and Mary McHugh
1874 Aug
from “History of Fond du Lac County 1884”: Chadbourn moves from Toledo, OH, to Fond du Lac, WI; from obit: Chadbourn arrives in Fond du Lac in photo business w/Henry S. Miller on Macy St
1875
Fond du Lac, WI, city directory Miller NOT listed
1882 or 1884
from Chadbourne obit: partnership with Henry S. Miller ends
1885 - 1892
Fond du Lac, WI, no city directories available
1893
Fond du Lac, WI, city directory as photographer at 512 Main; res 71 Forest

1897
Fond du Lac, WI, city directory Miller NOT listed
1901 - 1903
Fond du Lac, WI, city directory as photographer at 512 Main; res 96 e Division; F Edward Miller, photographer at same address
1905 - 1919
Fond du Lac, WI, city directory as photographer at 102 s Main; res 194 e Division
1921 - 1932
Fond du Lac, WI, city directory as photographer at 42-44 s Main
1933 Jun 28
Fond du Lac, WI, H S Miller dies at age 70 (Based on information from family trees shown on Ancestry.com. No other records have been found to support this.)
Most examples of H S Miller’s photography work found, were from the period when he was working with Cyrus Chadbourne, between about 1874 and 1884.

See Cyrus Chadbourne listing for more information.


photogrpher: Miller and Chadbourne
example found on Pinterest
with no source credit shown


Ashland (WI) Weekly News - 08 Jun 1887

Unfortunately, this is not Henry S Miller
but W R Miller of Minneapolis
Green Bay (WI) Press Gazette - 26 Feb 1910

This may not be photographer
Henry S Miller, either
Fond du Lac (WI) Reporter - 03 Feb 1968
"50 years ago today"


Example from PhotoTree
This is probably Henry S Miller. Kewaskum, WI, is only about 20 miles from Fond du lac, WI.


photographer: M Kenna and Miller
Fond du Lac, WI
This is quite likely Henry S Miller

The available city directories for Fond du Lac, WI, do not list any “M Kenna”, “MKenna” or “McKenna”, that could have been a partner to Henry S Miller. The style of the card, with a blind stamp imprint, suggests later rather than earlier so perhaps M Kenna could have been someone that took over the Miller studio after Henry Miller’s death. In any case such a partnership was probably very brief.

There was a Frank C McKenna, photographer, working in Waukesha, WI, in 1909 but so far no connection has been made.


photographer McKenna and Miller
Fond du Lac, WI
example source not known

photographer McKenna and Miller
Fond du Lac, WI
example source not known


photographer: Miller and Eberhart
example source unknown

The example at the left is by photographers Miller and Eberhart. So far no documents have been found connecting these two.


photographer Miller and Chadbourne
Fond du Lac, WI
Flickr source John Maney

photographer: Miller Brothers
Milwaukee, WI
This may not be the same Miller as the one working most often in Fond du Lac, WI
example from TheCut

So far nothing has been found to connect these two cards from Milwaukee, WI, with the Henry Samuel Miller of Fond Du Lac, WI


photographer: Miller and Breitwisch
37 and 39 Wisconsin Street, Milwaukee, WI
example from auction site

photographer: Miller
159 Third Street, Milwaukee, WI
example from auction site

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Daniel Calvin Conley


The Conley Brothers were not easy to trace at first. Then another cabinet card turned up on a web site credited to photographer D. C. Conley and Brother, Celina, Ohio. Considering it is the same name and the same city, it must be the same photographer. Working with a couple first initials easily turned up a large family of Conley’s living in Ohio. D. C. Conley became Daniel Calvin Conley (1857-1942) listed in many US Census and city directories as “Photographer.”

The 1880 US Census shows Daniel Calvin living in Celina, Ohio. All of his brothers are still living at home on the farm in Van Pelt, Ohio. The rest of the family is all tagged with “farmer” so it is difficult to tell which or how many of Daniel Calvin’s eight brothers he considered his partner at the time of this photograph.



Note that in all examples on this page, the actual photo is not squarely mounted on the card.



Photographer: Conley Bros.
Celina, O

The earliest mention as a photographer is the 1870 US Census when he was 23. All records of him after that designate him as photographer except the 1910 US Census which says he is a farmer. In a 1927 City Directory listing and in the 1930 US Census he is photographer again and he and his wife Emma C. have moved to 128 So Charles, Lansing, Michigan.

In 1940 he and Emma C. are still living in Lansing Michigan at 128 So Charles but the census taker leaves the “Occupation” column blank and enters his name as Donald instead of Daniel. Daniel is now 83.

He was an active photographer in Ohio from 1880 to 1910. The “farmer” designation in 1910 was quite possibly an assumption on the part of the census taker. Daniel Calvin’s whereabouts in 1920 have not been established.

Through all the years Daniel Calvin is listed as photographer as occupation or profession, there is no evidence he ever had a studio.

The 1880 US Census is the only documentation of his residence in Celina, Ohio, a town about 80 miles north of Dayton, Ohio. So this photograph was made around then. It would be one of his earliest prints.



photographer: Conley Bros
Celina, OH
example from The Old Days

photographer: D C Conley and Brother
Celina, OH
example from The Old Days

photographer: D C Conley and Brother
Celina, OH
example from The Old Days

reverse of card at left

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Harry Dorr Webster



Photographer: Webster Brothers
Greeley Colo.
Laramie Wyo.

Harry Dorr Webster
(1852-1927)

Timeline (some personal information is included to help show locations)
1852 May 13
Hadley, MI, state records, Harry Dorr Webster is born to Edwin Baldwin Webster and Anna White
1870 Sep 07
Hadley, MI, US census, H Dorr Webster as “at home”
1870 Sep 07
Hadley MI, US census, H Dorr Webster living with parents at age 18
1877 May 16
Otisville, MI, state records, Harry D Webster marries Ann Maria Fuller; listed as photographer
1880 Jun 01
Lapeer, MI, US census, Harry Webster as photographer; brother Frederick is listed at same residence as photographer
1889 Jun 02
Laramie, WY, state records, son Harold D Webster is born to Harry Webster and Ann Fuller
1900 Jun 15
Cripple Creek, CO, US census, Harold D Webster as photographer; res 132 N Third

1900
Cripple creek, CO, city directory listing H D Webster as florist at 132 N Third; photography NOT listed
1902
Cripple creek, CO, city directory listing H D Webster as Photographer and Florist at 132 and 138 N Third
1905
Cripple creek, CO, city directory listing H D Webster as Mngr of Webster Floral Co, 132 N Third
1905 Jan 01
Otisville, MI, state records, wife Anna Maria Fuller dies at age 46
1910 Apr 20
West Pomeroy, WA, US census, Harry Webster as photographer on Third Street; (Note that his address in Colorado was also on Third Street)
1920
US census; unable to locate in this census
1923
Twin Falls, ID, city directory, H D Webster NOT listed in area directory

1925
Twin Falls, ID, city directory, Harry D Webster; res 214 Normal av; (Not a positive match but Twin Falls, ID, is only 42 miles from Burley, ID, where he died two years later; both towns share a city directory at that time also)
1927 Jun 11
Burley, Idaho, death certificate, Harry Darr Webster, photographer, dies at age 75;

Harry Dorr Webster is probably the photographer for these cabinet cards. Little was found on him but he can be documented as living in Cripple Creek, CO, Greeley, CO, Burley, Id, and Laramie WY. In Greeley, CO, Webster was a photographer and florist.

His longest stay apparently, was at 132 North Third, in Cripple Creek, CO, from 1900 to 1905.

The cabinet card at the left was probably finished around 1889 after their move to Laramie, WY.



photographer: Webster
Beaver City, NE
example from unknown source
(greatly enhanced)

The cabinet card at the left was probably finished by H D Webster as he seems to be the only photographer named Webster in the area. H D Webster's history is a bit sketchy. Beaver City, NE, is about 350 miles from Cripple Creek, CO.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

David Presley Thomson



Photographer: D P Thomson
1000&1002 Walnut St.
cor 10th St.
Kansas City, Mo.

Reverse of the cabinet card on the left

Additional examples at:
Flickr - Frank Suvari
Who Were They?

David Presley (or Presly) Thomson
(17 Sep 1849 - 28 Jan 1933)

Timeline sources: City Directories, US census, death certificate, Kansas City, Missouri: Its History and Its People 1808-1908, Volume 3 by Carrie Westlake Whitney - 1908,

1849
Ray County, MO, D P Presley is born to William McCann Thomson and Sarah Ann Thomson
1866
St Louis, MO, begins apprenticeship with A J Fox and remains for seven years
1871
Marriage to Sophia Ann Harvey
1873
Kansas City, MO, Thomson purchases interest a studio at 610 Main with Marine and Williams
1874
Kansas City, MO, Marine retires and firm becomes Williams and Thomson
1874-1881
as photographer at 610-12 Main, with William I. Williams

1881
Kansas City, MO, Williams retires and Thomson takes over studio
1882-1883
as photographer at 610 Main
1884-1885
as photographer Thomson and Co at 612 Main & 613 Delaware
1886-1891
as photographer Thomson and Co at 610 Main
1892
as photographer at 610 Main AND 1000-1002 Walnut
1893-1906
as photographer at 1000-1002 Walnut
1907-1928
as photographer at 1118 Walnut
1929-1933
as photographer with other photographers at 1000-1002 Walnut 3rd floor
1933 Jan 28
dies at age 83 in Kansas City, MO

The cabinet card at the left must have been done between 1892 and 1906 of after 1929.


1885 Kansas City, MO, city directory ad


Some additional reverse designs




Three more CDV examples found on Auction Sites



reverse of the two CDV cards at the left


photographer Thomson
Kansas City, MO
from the collection of Ken on FLickr

photographer: Thomson
Kansas City, MO
example from UMKC Digital Collection

photographer Thomson, Kansas City, MO
example from
the Pierce/Vaubel genealogy website
Owner's estimated date 1890

photographer Thomson, Kansas City, MO
example from
the Pierce/Vaubel genealogy website
Owner's estimated date 1895


photographer: Thomson
Kansas City, MO
example from UMKC Digital Collection

photographer: D P Thomson
Kansas City, MO
example from UMKC Digital Collection

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