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Ringgold County, Iowa

Following are the known photographers who had a business in Mount Ayr.

Ed HATCH ran a wagon gallery as early as 1856.
Mr. MAXWELL, had a wagon gallery first; located a studio on east side of the square
Mr. NEEDHAM, run by Mr. BARNES on the north side of the square
John McCLANAHAN, located on north side of the square
Jesse ROSE
HAYES and SHROYER, 1900; dissolved partnership in 1924
Ike SHROYER, only photographer in 1927; sold out to Roy HARVEY in 1932
Mr. BELLVILLE, had no studio but was in Mount Ayr for about 10 years, taking mostly outside photographs; left Mount Ayr in 1923, returned in 1930
Roy HARVEY, gallery burned in 1934; started again in 1935; discontinued business in September of 1935


Photographer: active Mount Ayr, Iowa, 1865.

In May 1865 photographers BARRETT & McDONALD, whose first names are not known, paid a $25 federal occupational tax in Mount Ayr, Iowa.


Photographer: active Mount Ayr, Iowa, 1863; Unionville, Mo., 1865.

Photographer C. M. CORNMESSER paid $19 professional tax assessments in Mount Ayr, Iowa, in May 1863, and in Unionville, Missouri, in August 1865 for the same amount.



Photographer: active Glenwood, Iowa, 1864; Plattville, Iowa 1865; Mount Ayr, Iowa, 1870

Cyrus Horace HICKENLOOPER was born on June 11, 1833, in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, the son of Thomas and Julia Ann (HAWKINS) HICKENLOOPER. On September 27, 1855, he married Sarah J. LOGAN. He probably was the photographer C. HICKENLOOPER who paid a $10 federal occupational tax in Glenwood, Iowa, in may 1864. HICKENLOOPER was a photographer in Plattville, Iowa, in 1865. In September 1867 he remarried to Nancy E. BRADLEY in Taylor County, Iowa. The 1870 census of Mount Ayr, Iowa, described HICKENLOOPER as a thirty-seven-year-old photographer who owned $1,000 in real estate and $600 of personal property. At that time he and his wife Nancy had two Iowa-born children: Angelia HICKENLOOPER, two years of age, and Fannie HICKENLOOPER, nine months old. HICKENLOOPER died on September 29, 1923; he is buried in Oakview Cemetery, lot 20, Troy Township, Monroe County, Iowa.

Cyrus HICKENLOOPER taught school in rural Monroe County, 1896.


Photographer: active Bedford, Iowa 1865; Clear Lake, Iowa, 1878; Garner, Iowa, 1878; Albia, Iowa, 1879; Eddyville, Iowa, 1879, 1880.

A November 1865 Internal Revenue tax roll identified T. B. HICKENLOOPER as a photographer in Bedford, Iowa. By the late 1870's HICKENLOOPER was operating as an intinerant photographer in Iowa. In late July 1878 he operated for one week out of a photographic tent in Garner; he specialized in "copying and enlarging old pictures." After leaving Garner, HICKENLOOPER transported his family and tent to Clear Larke. An Eddyville newspaper noted that "Mr. HICKLENLOOPER, artist of Albia. . . was in town" on July 18, 1879. Evidently he was T. B. HICKENLOOPER, who made a brief return visit to Eddyville in September and October 1880. A local newspaper noted that he was doing business in "the well known gallery building."


Photographer: active Mount Ayr, Iowa, 1865.

In May 1865 photographers BARRETT & McDONALD, whose first names are not known, paid a $25 federal occupational tax in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

PALMQUIST, Peter E. & KAILBOURN, Thomas R. Pioneer Photographers From The Mississippi To The Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1829-1865 Pp. 93, 179, 320, 350, 427, 667. Stanford University Press. Palo Alto CA. 2005

"Chapter 19 "Educational" An Illustrated History of Monroe County, Iowa p. 329. 1896.

LESAN, Mrs. B. M. Early History of Ringgold County: 1844 - 1937 p. 54. Blair Pub. House. Lamoni IA. 1937.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2009; updated June of 2010


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