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PHOTOGRAPHERS

PHOTOGRAPHERS OF FOUNTAIN COUNTY

I began a page of photographers for Montgomery County about a year ago because I had so many people wanting to date photos or wondered who might have taken a picture. It has been really well received and very helpful, so thought I'd begin one for Fountain. Please send any my way if they're not here already :) I will try to give you some background on who owned the photo places and how long they existed. PLEASE help me out if you know anything about these or have pictures you could share of other photographers in the county. THANKS - kbz
A list and descriptions are given here, with links to samples of their work.

ADAIR Photography (brief couple of year sojourn in Covington and Williamsport before going to Danville, Illinois - 1901-1903 ? We're lucky to have a photo by him).
Adair - this picture is of Cyrus Cunningham - thanks so much Dellie C for this great photo (received from a cousin, R . Oliphant). We know Adair was in Covington (& Williamsport) in 1901 at least (thanks to Sharen & Pam) -- Source: Covington Republican 8-23-1901 - "Come in and let's get acquainted and see what we have to offer you in the way of pictures all the way up-to-ate styles at Adairs. Covington & Williamsport". Source: Covington Republican ? -- "The deal was closed Tuesday morning whereby Frank Adair, one of the country's best photographers, comes into possession of the Covington Art Studio, previously owned by A. Smock. Mr. Adair comes from Williamsport and Indianapolis and will be in personal charge from next Monday. He is a photogrpher out of sight on all up-to-date methods and will make a sitting and get a good picture. We welcome him to Covington because we know he is right." Source: Covington Republican - 8-10-1900 -- "Frank Adair of Williamsport was here Tuesday. Mr. Adair is engaged in the photograph business in the above place and is an ecellent workman." Frank was born the 29th of August 1863 and passed away March 5, 1910 - he is buried in the Quaker Cemetery in Pine Village, Warren County, Indiana. Source: Covington Republican July 15, 1904 -- " Frank Adair, the popular photographer, has purchased the Blankeney Studio 15 W Main Street, Danville, Ill and has taken charge. After a residence of two yeaers here, during which he operated the gallery in this city most successfully, building up a trade and reputation second to none, he recently sold his business to Mr. John Lewellyn, who is now in charge and purchased the Danville, Ill studio. Mr. Adair's ability assures him success in his new and larger field because the classof work he turns out soon brings him a large and appreciative class of customers. Covington can ill afford to lose the class of business men to which Mr. Adair belongs.


WILLARD C. BAILEY

Willard Chandler Bailey was married to Eva May Burke (1873-1962) and had 4 children: Cora; Buford; Glenn and Gale. According to her Sept 1962 obituary she was married to the late Willard Bailey, "a Veedersburg photographer for many years!" This may be them on findagrave Birth: March 1866 Ashland Ashland County Ohio, USA Death: Feb. 28, 1928 North Hollywood Los Angeles County California, USA as he was from Ohio and is not in an Indiana census after 1920. He and his father, Abel Bailey had a photography shop called Bailey & Son in Attica and also Veedersburg about 1885-1915 or so. Dates could be way off but it's about this time frame :) Finally found (Jan 2014) a picture of Baileys. This is Bill Craig (Charles Wm. 1887-1953) and Sam (Samuel Larkin) Craig 1889-1960 - thanks so much to Dellie and The Craig Family on ancestry.com & Facebook :) You rock, sister !!


BONEBRAKE & CADE

- Charley Bonebrake -- read here (click) about his strange "ghost photo" - thanks muches to my two Photo Guru Girls, Pam & Sharen - you two are awesome. In the 1910 census, he is living with his mother, Evaline Shaffer on 9th Street in Veedersburg (father was William Isaac Bonebrake). Also living with them are two of his brothers, Edgar a school teacher and William a plasterer -- Hoping to find a Bonebrake picture as pretty sure it is not the same Bonebrake photo men as below. See the Bonebrake & Cade picture  as it was originally thought this was Ezra Bonebrake but now after some research it is more than likely Charley Bonebrake & ____ Cade ??


BONEBRAKE -- James O. - The Saturday Spectator - April 8, 1922 p 34 -- James O. Bonebrake of the Eppert Studio and Mrs. T.N. Taylor have opened a photo shop at the corner of North 13th and Phillips Avenue (Terre Haute). Mrs. Taylor is to devote her time to Kodak department. For 14 years, Mr. Bonebrake operated such a shop a few doors from his present place. When he left 4 years ago, Mrs. Taylor succeeded him for two years. Although it is not assured that James O. Bonebrake is a Fountain Countian, it is likely, plus several from the area went to Terre Haute to have pictures taken, so am including him here :) Thanks Sharen :) Anyone know more about him, please let me know. At age 71, he lived on 10th Street in Terre Haute with his wife, Mary and two daughters, Ethel age 37 (a seamstress in a garment factory) and Goldie who is a "tinter in studio."


BONEBRAKE - Ezra

SUPER NOTE: A ferrotype of Ezra Bonebrake sent 6-28-2016 by one of my awesome photographer gurus, Sharen C :)  (See Examples)  Also, here are the three Bonebrake brothers - standing, Cornelius - Left Ezra, right John Conn Bonebrake. There were other brothers, sons of David and Catherine Conn Bonebrake, but these three may have worked together in the photography business. ?? Love to know more.

Note: It was originally thought that Ezra Bonebrake was the one in Veedersburg but after much research, it is now fairly certain that this is NOT Ezra (although we are including him here since we had information on him AND some people from the area could easily have gone there for pictures) -- Charles Bonebrake is now thought to be the one with ___ Cade in the picture business :)

Note: Thanks so much to Sharen and her cousin, Pam, we now know that E. Bonebrake is Ezra Ennis Bonebrake, son of Henry Dewalt Bonebrake (b 10 July 1828 Preble County, Ohio died between 1880 and 1900 census probably in Benton County) and Cordelia Carter.

Ezra Ennis Bonebrake was born 12 October 1856 in New York and died 15 April 1923. So, here he begins a new business in 1890 in Fowler; possibly had a photography studio in Veedersburg at one time and one in Indianapolis where he and his mother went about 1910. Here is the brief 1890 article in the Fowler newspaper, thanks to Pam :) -- see an ad for his "Home Studio" in Fowler in 1920 (April 29, 1920 Benton Review) -- also thanks to Pam's great sleuthing !

Source: Benton Review Fowler, Indiana, Thursday, April 24. 1890.

Mr. Ezra Bonebrake will open a photographic gallery in the upper story of J. F. Warner's building, the lower room of which is occupied by the tailoring establishment. A new sky-light has been put in and various other improvements are being made.

Also thanks to the gals above, we know that Ezra was still in Fowler in 1902. He was found with his mother in the 1910 census in Indianapolis and 1915 Indianapolis City Directory but according to the Home Studio ad must have been back in Fowler by 1920.

Source: Benton Review, Fowler, Indiana May 15, 1902

Mr. E. Bonebrake is a practical artist and his love for the picturesque exhibits itself in every detail of his business. His parlors and studio are models of their kind, and are conveniently located. Mr. Bonebrake is an expei't in all branches of his profession. He has great natural talent and by good work and close application he has won a liberal and inifluential patronage among the best classes. Fine photography, together with portrait work in crayon and carbon, is executed with rare skill by Mr. Bonebrake. His fidelity to detail, brilliancy of touch, originality in graceful posing and ability to preserve every feature proves that 'he is an artist, and animated with but one aim—to excel in his profession. Mr. Bonebrake’s display in his studio is well worth seeing, and' the public has a cordial' invitation to visit his place. His prices are very moderate, considering the high class work which he produces. Another very difficult branch of art that Mr. Bonebrake has thoroughly mastered, is that of making half-tone cuts to be used in newspapers and magazines. This is an extraordinary achievement.

Source: Benton Review newspaper, Fowler, Indiana, Thursday April 19, 1923 - thanks so much to Pam & Sandre for this one :)
Ezra Bonebrake, the youngest son of Henry Devault and Cordelia Carter Bonebrake was born in Big Platt, New York, October 12, 1858 and departed this life at Danville, Ill April 15, 1923, aged 64 years, 6 months and 3 days. Last Saturday he left home to visit his brother, Oliver, living at Danville, Ill and a sister, Zelphia Rutherford of Joliet, Illinois, who has been seriously ill for some time with a throat paralysis and had requested the visit of her brothers. He was taken ill that night at the home of his brother in Danville with an attack of heart trouble, his sister-in-law finding him struggling to get up at 2 o'clock at night. In spite of the doctors administrations he passed away, having been conscious to the last at 9 o'clock Sunday morning. When a boy of 14 his parents moved to Fowler, where they lived nearly all their life. The father was killed early in their residence here by falling from the roof of a one-story addition to the home, and breaking his neck, since which time he had been the constant companion and support of his mother, until her death a short time ago at a very advanced age. In his youth he was considered "one of the town beaus" and when long drooping mustaches were in flower, was conspicious for the care of his toilet. It has always been rumored that he became emittered and something of a recluse because of the sudden death of the girl that he was soon to marry at that time. He established himself as a photographer in an early day here and conducted a thriving business for many years. He also learned the details of the engraving business and with the simplest equipment made many engravings of the homes and business men of Fowler at the commencement of t his century a surprising proof of his technical ability and ingenuity. He left Fowler along about 1903-05 and worked at his trade as a photographer, a good many years in Indianapolis, where for a time he was staff photographer on the Indianapolis News. Several years ago he and his mother returned to their Fowler home, where he spent most of his time in attendance upon her, and the cultivation of flowers, of which they were both very fond. He is survived b y his brother, Oliver of Danville, Ill, his sister, Zelphia Rutherford of Joliet, Ill and four nephews and one niece. In June, 1922, he was married to Miss Mary Countryman of Chicago, Ill but after moving to Fowler the romance faded and she returned to Chicago and disappeared into the great city again. So far as known no court proceedings had been held to sever the bonds. The body was brought to Fowler Wednesday and taken to the home, where services were conducted by Rev. Bishop at 2 p.m. The body was escorted to its last resting place by the Odd Fellows Lodge, of which he was a member and who conducted the service at the grave under their ritual.


CAMPBELL

Thanks so much to Sharen & Pam who are diligently working on my photographers for me - you two ROCK :) We believe this photographer was briefly in Covington . Albert Ross Campbell was born 9 March 1849 in Eugene, Vermillion County, Indiana to Enos and Jennie Barr Cloyd - in Fountain County on the 1st day of the year of 1882 he married Luella Royer. Since the sample photo by Campbell seems to be of this era and it is known he went to Danville, Illinois where he was a photographer for about 30 years this would make sense. Of course, Campbell is also a common name but our assumption seems historically probable. He passed away in Danville on the 27th of June 1930. He came from a family of long-livers - his father being age 74 (dying in 1875); his brother, Alex being 90 and another brother A.G. dying well past 80 and Albert himself being 81. He and Luella had at least two children, Helen Lee and Russell Tibbets Campbell. At one point, Russell was a fireman for Danville, Illinois - he married Maude Ellen Long and their children were: Helen G; Lester T. and Russell Jr. Sorry, find nothing on this Helen or Albert Ross's daughter, Helen. Wish we had more photos and more information but thanks to S&P we at least have more than I had to begin with :) Whoopeeee!!

Was so excited when I heard from Debby B. - she sent me a picture of Luella Royer Campbell with their children, Helen Lee & Russell Tibitts. It's beautiful - what naturalness - I'd say that'd be great advertisement ! Sure shows his expertise as a photographer. Thanks soooo very much Deb! See it here


CHAPMAN - MV --

This photo (that I greatly appreciate) is likely a Shade, but not exactly sure which one - this awesome picture was donated by David Shade. I love the way the picture was taken sideways. A bit about the photographer -- born in 1827 in New York, by 1850 Moses V. Chapman and his wife Margaret (maiden name unknown) were living in Logan Twp, Fountain County; Moses was a cooper. It is highly likely Margaret's maiden name was Dickson and there is a boy age 23 living with them and Nancy age 54 plus Mark (her gpa'?) age 81. By 1860 Moses and Margaret have a daughter Alice, age 2 and are still living in Attica with Moses as a cooper. By 1870 Moses is listed as a photographer and athe family is joined by son Harry. but they moved to Crawfordsville by 1880 where he is listed again as Photographer then by 1900 Margaret has passed away (probably died around 1890) and he married first Cathleen Fraser on Christmas day, 1892 in Fountain then a Matilda (maiden name unknown) on 27 October 1897. Moses Chapman died between the 1900 and 1910 census as his widow Matilda is living in Attica in 1910. None of these people are found on findagrave.com (shuckees) nor in the death records although his 2nd wife's death may be Mrs. M. Chapman age 52 died Attica Dec 20, 1895 (Bk H-20 p 62 or 628?). He may be the Moses V. Chapman age 78 who died in Wtervliet, Berrien Co Michigan on 23 Feb 1906. Anyone else know more about Moses V. Chapman please let me know. David Shade found that he also had a studio in Mellott for a few years.


HARRELL & BONEBRAKE

-- Harrel & Bonebrake, Fowler, Benton County; 1887-88 Indiana State Gazetteer, p. 1332. Not sure which Bonebrake (see Bonebrake Photographers above) this is, but more than likely Ezara since the Benton Review (Fowler) on April 24, 1890 announced there being a new photographic gallery opening in the J.F. Warner building.


HENNEY Photography

Thanks so much to Dellie C. for this one -- John Andrew Henney was born in Ohio and was a member of Co. C, 120th Ohio Infantry during the Civil War. He married Faustina (Fina) Erick 18 Dec 1873 in Fountain County. As far as is known, they had two children, both born in Attica, Mamie who was a school teacher but passed away sometime between the 1900 and 1910 census and Edna Jane who married Charles Joseph Sperry 25 October 1906. There were no grandchildren for this couple that is known. John's Photography was at Columbia & 5th in Attica, as well as a bit earlier found on the SW Corner of Perry & Main. At least 30 years, John was in business there. This is the only piece of his work we have so far - front and back shown, back says, "Henney - Attica's Photographer, ATTICA, IND. - Dellie, thanks again :) KBZ -- also, just received (3-29-2015) a nifty one from Henney's of Reed Brady and 3 dogs. Thanks Jenny Love it ! George E. sent one of Mary Emma Jones Welch - click here to see it


LAKE & GRIGSON, Williamsport

This, obviously is not a Fountain County photographer but thought the picture VERY interesting with the two gals laying on each other - sisters? best friends? who knows? Wish we did and the story behind the pic. Many of the area would go to Crawfordsville; Lafayette; Williamsport; Rockville to have their pictures taken so since I had this, thought I'd share - kbz & thanks to Dellie - we'll have to do some searching on who the photographers are (later - sorry - teaching full time, but just THIS - Fall 2014 -- semester)


LAWSON's GALLERY

This unknown woman was taken by Lawson's Gallery of Covington. Thanks so much to Pam & Sharen we finally know a little about this man.
Source: Covington Friend newspaper, Thursday December 5, 1889 -- Lawson, our old Covington photographer, is located in Danville opposite Gimbel's store. He makes his finest cabinets any style for $1.50 per dozen.
-- still can't find first name or how long he was in Danville or ??? ... :(


LEWELLYN (1904-1911)

John Lewelleyn photographer of Mary Oliphant Cunningham - trying to find more info on him :) Thanks muches to Dellie, my adopted sister who rec'd this great photo from R . Oliphant :) - thanks to Sharen & Pam for information - this man took over the business of Frank Adair (who moved to Danville, Illinois) about July-August 1905 in Covington - July 15, 1904 - Source: Covington Republican - "Photos and framework at Lewellyn's Studio." - same paper - "Every style of photographs at Lewellyn's Studio. We will please you." Source: Covington Republican 16 Dec 1904 - "For Photograph Moulding, picture frames and enlarging - Try John Lewellen, The Photographer. All work guaranteed. Studio over Harter's Store, Covington." Source: Covington Friend, Friday 3-3-1911 - "John Lewellen who has conducted a photo gallery in this city for several years with much success has sold out to R.W. Burnett from Rockville, Ind, possession being given the first of this week. Mr. Lewellyn has not decided what his future course will be but his many friends in Covington are hoping he will not leave this city!"


WILLIAM D. MULVERHILL

William was born in 1909 in Illinois but moved to Mellott the next year with his parents, John and Charity Askins Mulverhill. At age 10, he went deaf and graduated from the Indiana School for the Deaf in 1929. He worked as a printer for the publisher of the Veedersburg News (William Ira Boggs) and later with his son, Bert Boggs. Associated with Greencastle's Putnam County Graphic for awhile, he also worked with the Hub Press, having been a printer for over 42 years at his death in August 1968. A multi-talented man, he also was an artist and photographer. Please let me know if you have more information on this man.


FRANK A. OLDS

Frank Olds was a photographer in Covington for about 20 years from 1870 (and perhaps a bit prior to that) until at least 1890. He married Helen Catherine (Kate) Carlile (Carwile) who died 10-1-1861 - married on the 5th day of February 1843 in Fountain County. They had William; Olive; Emma and Emory (born Feb 1850 - twins - I believe Emory died before the 1860 census); Mary E. and Charles F and 3 others who died. He remarried in 1867 Henrietta Clayton and they had two children, Homer and one who died in infancy.. He passed away Nov 26, 1906, living the last 8-10 years with his daughter, Emma Kirkpatrick in Danville, Illinois where he was almost a complete cripple from rheumtism. As far as I know, none of his children helped in his business. In various census records, Frank was listed as a tailor (apprenticed at age 10 to Baker Spence); artist and then lastly before he retired Photographer. He is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Covington. (Thanks Sharen & Pam).
-- Source: Covington Friend newspaper, Thursday, Dec 5, 1889 -- "At Olds' Gallery for a short time only, $2.00 will pay for one dozen Cabinets and one extra Photo, in a new stayle 8 x 10 gold leaf frame, all complete.
Read his obit here . Also, I've seen several pictures of this girl and wonder if she might be Mary, Frank's daughter. THe other picture was recently sent to me by John W and it is the very handsome Hobart Hershberger.


SALSBURY & MOORE

Thanks so much to David S. for this one -- on the back, it stated to Maud from Mara (Marta) - wish we knew who this pretty lady is :) Maud was David's great, great aunt


SMITH & THOMPSONN

The SMITH part of this Photography Studio was easy to find. From at least 1910-1940 first on Perry Street (105) and later at 306 E. Jackson in Attica, this business existed. Russell E. Smith was born in Ohio with both parents born in Ohio. He married a local gal, Cora Beaver (1880-1957) and they had three children, Lucy; Charles and Edwin. The Smiths are mostly buried in Riverside Cemetery, Attica. Russell was born in 1873 and died in 1957.

Thanks to Sharon's hint below, I not only found more on the Smith's, but find Claude E. Thompson who was born in 1871 and died in 1941 (buried Boswell Cemetery) was the Thompson part of the business for a short time. Claude had his own photography "shop" then from 1902 (see article) until he passed away. He was a single man all his life and was an active Mason.

Thanks to Sharon R for this information - greatly appreciated, Sharon

Source: July 1949 Review-Republican

Attica’s oldest active businessman is retiring on the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of his business.; The Smith Studio, founded on January 15, 1899. Russell E. Smith in 1898 arrived in Attica and formed a partnership with Claude Thompson known as The Smith Studio, which opened for business on January 15, 1899 at a location at Perry and Jackson Streets where the present Standard Oil Station now stands. The studio was burned out December 5, 1900, the fire having started in the Purdy Candy Kitchen, next door. In January 1901, the partnership opened The Smith Studio at 105 ½ North Perry in Attica where it continued in business until June 1947 at which time it moved to its present location on highway U.S. 41 on the south edge of Attica. Also in January 1901, the partnership owned another studio in Boswell, Indiana, known as the Smith and Thompson Studios. In September 1902, the Smith-Thompson partnership was dissolved and Mr. Thompson took over the Boswell studio while Mr. Smith took over the Attica studio.

IT IS ASSUMED THAT THIS ONE (second Picture) is also the Smith Part above -- the boy is probably Clifford Willett - thanks so much to David Shade for sending me these cool pictures :)



SMOCK
-- Source: Covington Republican August 10, 1900 -- Photos, I cent each - through August at Smock's Studio, Covington. 1900 Census Troy Township #284 indicates that Alva Smock, Photographer b Nov 1872 lives on Harrison Street in Covington. Wife is Ollie born August 1875 and son Floyd b Feb 1896 and daughter, Lora December 1898. All born in Indiana. By 1910, he and his family (now including Lela age 3) moved to Wayne Township, Marion County, Indiana where Alva is a merchant - a coal dealer.


SNYDER, J.F.
-- evidently in Veedersburg in 1908 - according to the Attica Ledger 5 August 1908 -- "Charley Bonebrake, a photographer formerly of Danville, Ill but now of Veedersburg and J.F. Snyder, another expert of the lenses, made a heroic rescue -- read full article --

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