Early La Grange Photographers & Unidentified Photos

FAYETTE COUNTY, TEXAS

We've had another successful photo identification on October 28, 2015!

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C. Petersen, La Grange

Conrad Petersen, La Grange photographerConrad Petersen's photographic gallery was located over Hermes Drug Store, a two story wooden frame building on the northeast corner of the square. He was mentioned in the La Grange Journal's January 27, 1881 survey of La Grange businesses. Born in Germany ca 1839, Petersen immigrated in 1853. His obituary states that he arrived in La Grange in 1861 and he married Hermine (Minna) Locke there in 1874, having opened his photography studio about two years earlier. His only son, Leo Petersen, born ca 1879, also worked as a photographer in La Grange and kept his father's photography gallery open after his death in 1914.

Other early La Grange photographers were Adolphus Behn, Samuel T. Blessing, W. B. Clark, H. H. Gilliam, John R. Martin, Charles Joseph Migurski, Frank C. Mills, C. Prealinouz, Carver W. Rains, Louis Rice, John Scott, V.P Seargeant, Stanislaus Szmidensk, and Mat S. Wallace.

Source:
La Grange Journal Obituary, March 1914
Haynes, David. Catching Shadows, A Directory of 19th-Century Texas Photographers. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1993.
Photograph courtesy of Nancy Kelsey.

The photos above and the one to the right are probably friends or relatives of the Jergins, Zuhn, or Phillips families.
Contributed by Cathey Cline.




Petersen photo found in Elm Mott antique shop
Unidentified member of Fayette Light Guard
Contributed by Gary McKee
Back of Light Guard photo
Photo found in Elm Mott, TX antique shop
Contributed by Heather Stephenson
Successfully identified as Herman Schaefer!
identified as Otto Schaefer and Emma Bradstetter!
Above photos are friends or relatives of Ella Schaefer Fiebig, possibly Schaefers.
Contributed by Barbara Boyd
Identified as Louis Julius Oeding (1894-1986)
Identified as Elmer George Oeding (1903-1956)

Identified by Donna Scott as Dora Ulrich Schlottmann, daughter of Carol Ulrich and Frida Otto of Bluff, and wife of Johannas John Friedrich Schlottmann
Above photos are relations or friends of the J.J. & Marie Albrecht Munke Family of Bluff/Ammansville communities, the Julius and Louise Mueller Oeding Family of Blackjack, the Paul and Margaret Munke Oeding Family of Ammansville, or the John & Marie Klaevemann Koenig Family of Blackjack.
Contributed by Jon Todd Koenig
Friend/Relative of the Thorpe, Tharp, or Rockwell Families
This photo contributed by Karen Hangsleben is part of a Martinsburg, WV family photo album.
Edward Gustav Lang
Photo found in a Livingston, TX antique store by Doyle Armstrong. Identified by Kathy Stark, granddaughter of Lang's sister, Pauline Lang Johnson.
John Henderson Taylor
John Henderson Taylor
Photo found in an antique store and returned to the family.
Friends or Relatives of the Loessin, Vogt or Willrich Families
Contributed by Sandy Otto
Friends or relatives of the Ruebush family
Contact David Smith
Now Identified as the Lang Sisters, ca 1890s
Found in an Livingston, TX antique store and contributed by Brownie MacKie [e-mail address now unknown]. Kathy Stark has identified these young ladies as Celestine, Pauline, and Marie Delphine Lang.
Friend or relative of Zoch family
Contact Tonya Zoch Hettler
Friend or relative of Zoch family
Contact Tonya Zoch Hettler
On back is written "Andrew Berg"
Tonya believes this may be the Andreas Berk Family, in which case the people pictured would be Johanna Paulina (Grabein) Berk holding Selma, Adolph Carl, Martha, Andreas and little Max.
Contact Tonya Zoch Hettler
Friends or relatives of Hillmann or Richers families
Contact Carla Hillman Ratcliff
Found in a San Antonio, TX antique store
Contributed by MART2RIV@aol.com
Found in a San Antonio, TX antique store
Contributed by MART2RIV@aol.com

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Louis Rice, La Grange & Flatonia

Louis Rice, La Grange photographerLouis Rice was born in 1843 in Baden and immigrated in 1850. He is listed on the Victoria County tax roll by 1872 and on the Fayette County tax roll by 1887. The March 5, 1914 La Grange Journal states that Mrs. Louis Rice has disposed of the photography studio to Mrs. Lucille Franks, who would also use it as a photography studio.

Photo courtesy of the Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives
Haynes, David. Catching Shadows, A Directory of 19th-Century Texas Photographers. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1993.
La Grange Journal
 
Now identified as Emma Laas Witte.
Thank you Sidney Levesque!
Contributed by Tommy Heinsohn and Rox Ann Johnson
hese photos are friends or relatives of Clara Surman Heinsohn
Contributed by Tommy Heinsohn and Rox Ann Johnson
   
The photos above are probably friends or relatives of the Jergins, Zuhn, or Phillips families.
Contributed by Cathey Cline.
Labelled as "Tack Millican's sister", W. W. Millican's "daughter by his first wife", Sarah J. Heflin West whom he married in 1861. W. W. Millican was living in Fayette County in 1870 with his Sawyer in-laws and his son James Robert "Tack" Millican. No daughter was with them in 1870. W.W. Millican married Laura Sawyer in Fayette County in 1865, but she died 10 days after son James Robert was born in Jan 1868.
Contributed by Mack Stephenson
Herald Planter,
Hallettsville, 13 Aug 1874

Pictures.

MR. LOUIS RICE, respectfully informs the citizens of Halletsville and vicinity that he has located himself in the square and is prepared to take PHOTOGRAPHS, AMBROTYPES, and GEMS in the highest style of art. Having all the modern improvements will guarantee satisfaction to all who favor him with a call. Special attention paid to copying and enlarging likenesses of deceased persons.

"Secure the shadow,
Ere the substance fades."

aug-12-2m,
Friends or Relatives of the Evans, Meyers, McKinney, Ford, Rutledge, or Dorman Families
The insignia on the hat, left, is a wreath encircling what appears to be FR.
Both photos were marked Louis Rice, Victoria and Flatonia.
Photos contributed by Dorothy Lauery.
Friends or Relatives of the Loessin, Vogt or Willrich Families
Contributed by Sandy Otto
Friends or Relatives of the Loessin, Vogt or Willrich Families
Heather Stephenson has now identified this photo as Ernst Knigge Jr. and his wife, Anna Vogt Knigge.
Contributed by Sandy Otto
 

Charles A. Meyer, La Grange

Charles A. Meyer was born in Germany in 1865 and immigrated in 1885. He was in business at O'Quinn with Louis Melcher for a time and also worked in Giddings.

Source:
Haynes, David. Catching Shadows, A Directory of 19th-Century Texas Photographers. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1993.

Has now been identified as Fritz Otell and wife,
Wilhelmine (Minna) Melcher.
Contributed by Sandy Otto
Found in a Clifton, Texas Antique Shop
Contributed by Brett Schneider

Will A. Robinson, La Grange & Yoakum, Hallettsville & Edna

See unidentified Robinson photographs at Lavaca County TXGenWeb Project

Unidentified Photographer, La Grange

La Grange, Texas stamped on back of photograph

Now positively identified as Moritz Gebert (1851-1920) who married Bertha Mueller
Contributed by Collin Maney

Travelling Photographers

The States Right Democrat, La Grange, February 12, 1859

Ambrotypes.

THE Ladies and Gentlemen of La Grange and Fayette county are respectfully informed by W. B. Clark, that his room is now open over Cavanagh's store, for a short time only. Those wishing a true and correct likeness of themselves or friends, are invited to give him a call.
Prices moderate.
Feruary 12, 1859.

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