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updated 05/21/2014


Allamakee county Photographers


I've been compiling this list of photographers who worked in Allamakee county as I've run across mention of the photographer. I thought it might be useful to researchers who are trying to date photographs. It most certainly is not a complete list. If you can add to it, please send the information to the Allamakee county coordinator for inclusion on this page. Include as much info. as you know about the photographer and your sources.

The years noted may not be inclusive of the time-period the photographer worked in the county, only that they are known to have had a studio at that time.

Allen, Chas. F., 1892. This advertisment was in the Postville Review: "Photographs. It might interest you to call and learn my prices. All work warranted to be satisfactory."
 
Bailey, M.A., Waukon, 1864-ca1865. In August 1864, paid an occupational tax of $7.50 covering a term of nine months in Waukon.
~contributed by Erin Wilker
 
Barnard, Alonzo A., ca1880-1890's, had a studio in Waukon in 1880's and 1890's in partnership as Huffman & Barnard. He was the son-in-law of his partner, P. C. Huffman, having married Huffman’s daughter, Della. His brother, Thomas Nathan Barnard, went to Idaho and produced stereographs there.

Huffman & Barnard Photographic Artists (click to see larger version)

 
Barnard, Thomas Nathan, Waukon, 1861-1880, brother of Alonzo A. Barnard, another Waukon photographer. T.N. Barnard went West to Idaho & Montana.
~source: Carl Mautz, Biographies of Western Photographers: A Reference Guide to Photographers Working in the 19th Century American West, Carl Mautz Publishing, 1997 ~contributed by Errin Wilker
 
Beedy, Fred Newel, Postville. Mr. Beedy advertised his studio in many issues of the Postville Review throughout 1885, 1887, 1892, 1896 & 1897. He was born Jan. 10 1853 in Hardin, s/o Norman John Beedy. Fred married Frances M. Allen, d/o Wilson R. & Emiline (Noble) Allen. Fred died June 27, 1901 and Frances died Nov. 15, 1936. Both are buried in the Postville cemetery. Obituary
 
Blake, L.R., Lansing, 1865
 
Boeckh, Edwards Jr., Lansing 1895-1896. He may be s/o Edward & Paulina (Kerndt) Boeckh. Woodmansee records an Edward Boeckh in Oak Hill cemetery 1868 Sep 26, 1868-Nov 15, 1922.

He is mentioned in the book: Carl Mautz, Biographies of Western Photographers: A Reference Guide to Photographers Working in the 19th Century American West, Carl Mautz Publishing, 1997  ~contributed by Errin Wilker

 
Bollman, Vives, Postville, 1913
 
Boston Art Co., New Albin, 1901
 
Bristol, Larsh Kellogg, (1952-2006), Waukon, ca 1990's-2006. Obituary of Larsh K. Bristol
 
Bulman's Photography Studio, Postville, 1939
 
Buser, Joseph S., Lansing, 1860's.
J.S. Buser, Photographer, Main Street, Lansing, Iowa Buser was active in several areas of Iowa from 1860 to 1900’s, mostly in Waterloo, Black Hawk co. and Cedar Rapids, Linn co. He is recorded as being in Lansing, Allamakee County in the 1860s. He is well known for his sterographs of several Iowa cities. His brother H.R. Buser was also a photographer in Cedar Rapids.
 
Cass, William, Lansing,1864-1865. Paid a three months' occupational tax of $2.50 in Lansing in February 1864, along with an additional $10 in May of that same year. ~source: Peter E. Palmquist & Thomas R. Kailbourn, Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865, Stanford University Press, 2005 ~contributed by Errin Wilker
 

Chickering, Edwin

Edwin Chickering signature

Waukon photographer for many years prior to his death in 1937. He married Lucinda Jones, daughter of Elam & Lucinda (Neff) Jones.

Obituary of Edwin Chickering
Obituary of Lucinda Jones Chickering

~contributed by Tammy O'Hare Kuhn

 
Clark, L.W., New Albin, unknown dates ~source: photograph from personal collection of Erin Wilker
 
Combs, Harry E., Postville, 1901-1903. The July 5, 1901 issue of the Iowa Volksblatt announced that H.E. Combs had bought the Beedy photograph gallery. Presumeably this was the business of F.N. Beedy, who died in 1901. Harry and his wife managed the photography gallery until November 1903, when they removed to Sioux City, Iowa where it was reported in the Nov. 20, 1903 Postville Review that he had "accepted a position in a gallery there."
 
Davis, C.L., Lansing,1889 ~source: Carl Mautz, Biographies of Western Photographers: A Reference Guide to Photographers Working in the 19th Century American West, Carl Mautz Publishing, 1997 ~contributed by Errin Wilker
 
Davis, Miss, Postville, 1865. Postville Review advertisement.
 
Everson, ?. More information is needed for this photographer. His/her name appears on photos from the Lansing area. Time-period unknown.

Everson photography stamp

 
Hall, John G., Lansing, 1865
 
Harden, W.Q., Volney & Makee Twp., 1856. Enumerated in the 1856 Iowa State Census for Volney, Allamakee County, as a twenty-five-year-old married male from New York and a daguerreian by profession. He had lived in Iowa for one year and was a native voter and eligible for the militia. Harden was double-enumerated in the 1856 Iowa State Census, for he also showed up in Makee Township, Allamakee County.
~contributed by Errin Wilker
 
Harris, Henry A., according to his biography, he was the first photographer in the county, ca1855. Biography of Henry A. Harris
 
Herrington, Homer E., Dorchester, 1865
 
Hill, Dr., Lansing 1860's. Mentioned in the biography of G.W. Morgan, "...commenced learing the art of photography in 1866, with Dr. Hall, of Lansing, Iowa. Dr. Hall subsequently died, and Mr. Morgan took charge of his business..."
 
Hirth, Edgar A., Waukon.
E.A. Hirth photography stamp

In the course of identifying some old Allamakee Co. photos, I had collected some information on the photographer, Edgar A. Hirth.

  He was born to Adam and Louisa (Longabach) Hirth in Iowa in abt 1877.  His parents were both natives of Iowa and were married in Waukon, Allamakee Co., Iowa. He married Jessamine “Jessie” Halvorsen in Cedar Falls, Black Hawk Co., Iowa.  She was the daughter of James and Elizabeth (Knapp) Halvorsen, natives of Norway and Canada, respectively, and who were also married in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  In the 1925 census, he is listed at 107 West St. in Waukon, Iowa.  He’s listed as a photographer in Waukon from 1910 until at least the 1930 census, when his daughter, Beatrice, was listed as an “assistant photographer.”  They were still in the photography business in Waukon in 1933 when it was reported in the Waukon Democrat that they had attended a national photographers’ meeting in Waterloo, Iowa.  (source: Iowa Old Press) In 1935, Jessie died in Dubuque, Iowa. (obituary)  And in 1948 and 1952, Edgar and his daughter, Beatrice, were listed in the city directories of Dubuque, Dubuque Co., Iowa. 

~contributed by LuAnn Goeke

 
Hirth, E.S., Church vicinity, early 1900's.
E.S. Hirth photography stamp There is an Edward S. Hirthborn in 1868 living in Lansing on the 1910 census, but occupation is farming. Unknown if he is related to Edgar A. Hirth (above). The E.S. Hirth photography stamp appears on a photo of the Church church & other photos taken in the Church area. The 1930 census shows Edward living with his son Raymond Hirth in Texas.
 
Houghton, Amasa A., had a studio in Lansing as early as 1879, and into the mid-1880's. For at least part of his time in Lansing, he was in partnership as Houghton & Powell.
 
Hughes, J.B., Postville & West Union. He was employed in the photography studio of F.N. Beedy and purchased his own studio in West Union in April 1899 - from the West Union Argo: "E.B. Branch has sold his photograph gallery to J.B. Hughes, and the latter is already in charge. Mr. Hughes is said to be a first class artist and The Argo warmly welcomes him to West Union". That same year, Postville Review, June 1899, reported his marriage: "As we predicted, our popular photographer, J.B. Hughes, has brought a lovely wife [Mabel Hawkins] from Postville and is now settled under his own vine and fig tree on West Hill one door beynd the Wonnenberg residence." Just a couple years later, in 1902, the Review reported "Mrs. J.B. Hughes left this week for Boone, Iowa, to join her husband, who has a position in a photograph gallery at that place." ~contributed by S. Ferrall

His full name was John Bernard Hughes, b. 17 October 1876 in Rock Island, Illinois. He died 9 September 1952 in Fullerton, Orange County, California. J.B. married Mable Edna Hawkins on 22 May 1899 in Postville, Iowa. She was the daughter of Harvey Greenleaf Hawkins and Luella "Ella" May Ellis, longtime residents of Postville. Quite a few of the Hawkins families left Postville about 1908. This included J.B. and Mable. As pointed out in the Postville Review, J.B Hughes had a photography shop in Boone, Iowa. Their son, Ronald Robert Hughes was born in Boone in 1903. After leaving Iowa J.B. and Mable continued their photography business in several California locations, including Santa Cruz and Fullerton. Mable did a lot of the oil paintings on the pictures. The Santa Cruz business was sold in 1952 when J.B. died and their son, Ronald operated the Fullerton business until 1974 when he passed away. ~contributed by Connie Ellis from information in her Hawkins genealogy files.
 
Huffman, Laton Alton 'Late', (1854-1931), known to have a photography studio in Postville as early as 1876. Son of Perrin Cuppy Huffman, another Allamakee co. photographer. Biography of L.A. Huffman.
 
Huffman, Perrin Cuppy, (1832–1894), had a studio in Waukon, Allamakee County, in the 1870s through the 1890s. Was in partnership with Alonzo Barnard. Biography of P.C. Huffman.
 
Israel, John, Makee Twp.,1856 ~source: Peter E. Palmquist & Thomas R. Kailbourn, Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865, Stanford University Press, 2005 ~contributed by Errin Wilker
 
Kenyan, O. A., Waukon, 1862-1863. Applied for $10 tax licenses in Waukon in October 1862 and December 1863.
~source: Peter E. Palmquist & Thomas R. Kailbourn, Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865, Stanford University Press, 2005 ~contributed by Errin Wilker
 
Lacy, Eugene Osman, Waukon, 1858 ~source: Peter E. Palmquist & Thomas R. Kailbourn, Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865, Stanford University Press, 2005 ~contributed by Errin Wilker
 
Lane, James S., Waukon, 1860-1861 ~source: Peter E. Palmquist & Thomas R. Kailbourn, Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865, Stanford University Press, 2005 ~contributed by Errin Wilker
 
Letchford, Virginia Lee, (1925-1969), Letchford Photo Studio, Waukon, unknown dates ca1940's/1950's. Obit of V.L. Letchford
 
McCartny, J., Postville, 1873. Postville Review advertisement
 
McGarrity, John R. 'Dick', Lansing & Waukon, ca1891-before 1920.
J.R. McGarrity photographic stamp

The photographer's stamp is from a photo dated 1891 ... photo. The Lansing Mirror announced in 1895: "J. R. “Dick” McGarrity has purchased the Hoffman & Barnard photo gallery in Waukon." McGarrity is listed in a 1901 Waterloo City directory as a photographer. The Allamakee Journal & Lansing Mirror, June 1902: "Artist McGarrity secured several views of the dedicatory ceremonies at Gethsemane cemetery Decoration Day, which will doubtless soon be on sale at his photo gallery."

On the 1900 census his wife Emma J. nee Schrody and 2 eldest children, William and Geneveve E. are living with Emma's parents George & Jane Schrody in Makee twp. but Dick is not in the household.

He was also an inventor, having patented a machine for polishing shoes in 1903. At that time he gave his address as Lansing. McGarrity is on the 1905 Iowa State Census in Lansing, again with his wife & children.

In 1910, J.R., Emma and children: William, 12; Geneveve, 10; John R. JR, 8 and Jeanette, 2 are living in Lansing with Emma's parents. J.R.'s occupation is newspaper printer. The entire family left Iowa about 1913. The 1920 US census enumerates them in Clackamas, Oregon.

The University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections has a collection of McGarrity photographs that were taken in Lansing, Waukon & Oregon from the 1920's through the 1940's.

~information contributed by Ann Krumme & S. Ferrall

 
Mishler, Arthur, "... who ran the 10-cent photograph gallery in the storeroom south of the O'Brien hardware store for the past couple of weeks, left last Thursday for West Union, where he will engage in the same business." ~Allamakee Journal, Waukon news column, February 7, 1934 ~contributed by Errin Wilker
 
Morgan, George W., Lansing mid-1860's to early 1870's.
Geo. W. Morgan, Photographer, Lansing, Iowa Born ca1845 in Wisconsin, s/o Samuel & Elizabeth Morgan. Married by 1870 to Hallie L. On the 1850 & 1860 census he is in the Lansing household of his parents Samuel & Elizabeth Morgan. 1870 census he is in Lansing, working as a photographer, married with one son, S.M. Morgan, b. Sept. 1870. In 1872 the family removed to Viroqua, Vernon co. Wisconsin where they are found on the 1880 US census. Biography
 
Morgan & Hoover, in Lansing in 1865. Morgan may be G.W. Morgan above.
 
Nichols, Frank E., age 40, b. Apr 1860, listed occupation as 'Photographer' on the 1900 U.S. census, Waukon town, Makee twp., Allamakee co., Iowa; June 19, 1900
 
Paddock, N.S., Waukon, 1860. ~source: Peter E. Palmquist & Thomas R. Kailbourn, Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865, Stanford University Press, 2005 ~contributed by Errin Wilker
 
Palmer, had a studio in Lansing during the 1870's.
 
Payne, Wilbur J., (1891-1952), opened his photography studio in Waukon in 1903. Moved to Clayton county ca 1920. Biography of Wilbur J. Payne
 
Powell, 1881, Lansing, in partnership as Houghton & Powell.
 
Robertson, G. E., Lansing / New Albin, ca1900-1910. First name may be George.

Robertson photography stamp

 
Spurr, E.W., Postville, 1889. He ran the following advertisement in the Postville Review, November 1889: "All babies under one year old will be photographed free of charge during the first week in November. Secure a fine cabinet of your baby. E.W. SPURR."
 
Shepard, Idalene, Waukon, unknown dates
 
Shuttlesworth, Mrs. C.L.; Photographist New Albin, Iowa, 1876 ~1876 New Albin Newspaper Ad ~contributed by Errin Wilker
 
St. Clair, J.L., Lansing, 1862
 
Steele Bros. Photo Gallery, Waukon, 1889.
Steele, Robert I., Waukon, ca 1880's/1890's. Obituary of R.I. Steele

Steele Bros.

 
Taylor, B.F. - Postville, 1879, 1881, 1882
~source: Postville Review
 
Taylor, Frank, Postville, 1878, 1880, 1882
~source: Postville Review
 
Taylor, Will, Postville in 1888, he moved to Wichita, Kansas that same year
~source: Postville Review
 
Thomas, J.W., Lansing, 1870 ~source: Carl Mautz, Biographies of Western Photographers: A Reference Guide to Photographers Working in the 19th Century American West, Carl Mautz Publishing, 1997 ~contributed by Errin Wilker
 
Thompson, Harry, Waukon, 1895-1896. ~source: Carl Mautz, Biographies of Western Photographers: A Reference Guide to Photographers Working in the 19th Century American West, Carl Mautz Publishing, 1997 ~contributed by Errin Wilker. The Postville Review, Sept. 26, 1891: "Harry Thompson, of Waukon, is learning photography with F.N. Beedy."
 
Towns, H.E., Postville, 1887, 1888. From the Postville Review: "H.E. Towns will commence to build a photographic studio this week and will be ready for business about Dec. 20th, 1887." A year later, he placed an ad in the same paper that he was going to relocate after Sept. 1st, 1888
 
Waller, Ernest, Waukon, 1946-?. Waller managed (and presumeably did photography for) the "New Hirth Studio" in Waukon for the owners who resided in Waterloo. From the Waterloo Daily Courier, Feb 14, 1946: "Three Waterloo persons Thursday had filed articles of incorporation for the New Hirth Studio, Inc. at Waukon, Ia., capitalized at $20,000, which was purchased a week ago and will be formally opened Feb. 18. Mrs. Denver McKenna is president, Robert Cougalin, vice president and Denver McKenna, secretary-treasurer. The studio, to be managed by Ernest Waller, of Waukon, was formerly operated as the Hirth studio."

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~Sources~

*Stereo Photographers, A-Z; State Historical Society of Iowa, research collection
*Noble Photograph Collection, Iowa Women's Archives, U of Iowa archives
*Carl Mautz, Biographies of Western Photographers: A Reference Guide to Photographers Working in the 19th Century American West, Carl Mautz Publishing, 1997
*Peter E. Palmquist & Thomas R. Kailbourn, Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865, Stanford University Press, 2005 
*Allamakee county history books -1882 & 1913
*Allamakee county newspapers
*Misc. sources: obits, biographies, gazetteers, census records, etc.
*Others, as credited

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