Another photo album I purchased because most of the photos are from Burlington, Vermont. There are 32 photos in all, and many of them are identified. After going through the photos and researching them, I don’t believe this was a photo album from an individual or a family. I have a theory based on the following facts: 1) Almost all the photos are from the L. A. Atwood Studio on Church Street in Burlington. 2) Almost all the photos have specific dates written on the back. 3) Most of the dates are around the same time frame. 4) None of the people (with the exception of three family portraits taken at the same time) seem to be related to each other in any way. Based on this, it’s possible this album once belonged to the photographer or to the photo studio itself. It could have been a place where they kept a copy of photos that were taken in the studio, more or less in chronological order.
There are a handful of photos which were taken in other studios… many of them were taken in New York City. Perhaps someone looking at these photos and the evidence here will come to a different conclusion than I have. Many of the people in these photos were bankers, lawyers, women married to lawyers, etc. Successful, high-society people. That might be a clue.
Ok. Here we go! I’ll present the photos in the order they appeared in the album, just in case that has some significance. Each photo will be captioned with anything that is written on the back of it. Whenever possible, I will give additional historical information about the subject of the photo.
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“H. 25 Feb 1876”
“8 May 1876”
“Theodore F. Edgar, 11 Feb 1876”
Theodore Freylynhuysen Edgar
b: Sept 1844, New York, NY
d: 20 Dec 1904, Boston, MA (stroke)
oo Estelle M. Lane
f: Benjamin Edgar
m: Phebe Eliza Dunham
Theodore was a lumber salesman in Burlington.
“Yours Most Heartily, Steve H Russell, 1 Oct 1879”
Stephen H Russell Jr.
b: abt 1853, Burlington, VT
d: 6 Apr 1895, Burlington, VT
oo Marion P Dana in 1889
f: Stephen H Russell Sr.
m: Maria Warner
Stephen was a merchant and book-keeper in Burlington. His brothers William Vela Russell and Henry Platt Russell both died in 1859 from Scarlet Fever and an infection, respectively.
This next photo is definitely the odd one out since it was taken in Weisbaden, Germany. The photo has also clearly been touched-up by hand. The hair and facial features are enhanced by an artist who drew on them with a very skilled hand.
“Lo. Woodhouse, Burlington, Vermont, Age 13 years, 27 Mar 1875”
Lorenzo Easton Woodhouse
b: 20 May 1861, Burlington, VT
d: 23 Jan 1935, Palm Beach, FL
oo Mary Leland Kennedy in 1896
f: Charles Williamson Woodhouse
m: Emma Easton Day
Lorenzo was President of the Merchant’s Bank in Burlington, then moved to New York where he lived on Park Avenue. In the 1930 Census for East Hampton, NY, his family has a Butler, Cook, Kitchen Maid, Chamber Maid, Parlor Maid, and Chauffeur. He and his wife were definitely of high society. Their daughter Marjorie Woodhouse married Proctor and Gamble heir Frederick Proctor. You can find more about him in many places on the web including this article about a dance hall they built.
I located these passport photos of Lorenzo and his wife from 1922.
Lorenzo Woodhouse Passport Photo, 1922
Mary Kennedy Passport Photo, 1922
The next photo was taken at Sarony’s Imperial Portraits at 680 Broadway in New York, NY:
“From your friend, Louis H. Turk”
Louis H Turk
b: 12 Apr 1844, Obersitzko, Posen, Prussia (Obrzycko, Poland today)
d: 22 Sept 1928, Burlington, VT
f: Hermann Turk
m: Sara Turk
Louis and his brother Bennett Turk ran “Bennett Turk & Brother” Tailoring and Clothing in Burlington, VT.
The next portrait of a woman in an elegant dress was taken in the studio of E. Decker at 242 Superior Street in Cleveland, OH.
“L. L. K. 18 Feb 1877”
This portrait was taken at the W. Kurtz studio in New York, NY.
“J S P”
“April 5, 1875”
This portrait was taken at the H. R. Marks studio in Austin Texas:
L.G. Burnham Studio in Burlington, VT:
“Nov 9, 1875”
This one was taken at Sarony’s Imperial Portraits on 630 Broadway, New York, NY, the same studio as the portrait of Louis H Turk above. It could be his wife, Emma:
“Dec 15, 1875”
A portrait of 13-year old “Charlie Phelps”:
“Charlie Phelps, Burlington, Vermont, March 13, 1875, Age 13”
Charles Pierpont Phelps
b: 8 Oct 1861, Burlington, VT
d: 13 Jan 1912, Manhattan, NY of Pneumonia
oo Lillian C. Graves, divorced in 1906
oo Minnie Woodbury Braithwwaite
f: Prof. Edward John Phelps (1822-1900)
m: Mary Haight (1827-1900)
Charles was a graduate of Yale in 1884, and became a lawyer. The University published this posthumous biography of Charles:
“Charles Pierpont Phelps, son of Hon Edward John Phelps LL.D. (BA Middlebury 1840 hon MA Yale 1881) and Mary (Haight) Phelps, was born October 7, 1861 in Burlington VT. His father was Kent Professor of Law in Yale University from 1881 to his decease in 1900, and from 1885 to 1889 was United States Minister to Great Britain. Charles was fitted for college at St Paul’s School Concord NH, and graduated from Yale in 1884. After graduation he traveled abroad and was for a time at Detroit in the employ of the Michigan Central Railway Co., of which his brother (BA Yale 1870) had been chief engineer. While his father was Minister to England, he was second secretary of the United States Legation. In 1889 he returned to the United States and was, for a short time, in business in St Paul, Minnesota. Since then he had been in the banking and brokerage business successively with Lamprecht Brothers & Co of Boston, as manager of the Boston office of Harvey Fisk & Sons, and as a member of the firm of Cushman Fisher & Phelps and its successors, CP Phelps & Co. He was then in New York as president of the American Consolidated Pine Fibre Co., was with Kean Van Courtlandt & Co Kountze Brothers, and later with Hirsch Lilienthal & Co. He was known as a successful bond salesman and organizer. Mr Phelps died of pneumonia at his home in New York City January 13, 1912 at the age of 50 years. He was buried in Burlington VT. He married January 25, 1893 Lillian, daughter of Rev. Gemont Graves of Burlington VT, but was divorced from her in 1906. January 11, 1908 he married in Philadelphia, Minnie Woodbury Braithwaite, daughter of George Moe Braithwaite who survives him with a daughter.”
This next one is quite a mystery. The back says “To Colonel Peck compliments of Jonathan F. VanDerCamp”:
“Col. Peck, Comp’s, Jno. F. VanDerCamp”
“Col. Peck” was likely Colonel Theodore Safford Peck, a civil war veteran who lived in Burlington, Vermont where the portrait was taken. The gentleman in this photo looks to be about 35, so was probably born about 1845, making him the same age, roughly, as Col. Peck. I can find no reference to a Jonathan F. VanDerCamp anywhere, so far.
“8 Apr 1879, Mrs. F. H. C- (or Mrs. F.G.C-)”
The next two photos were taken at the famous W. Notman studio in Montréal, Canada.
“45431 – Oct 28, 1874”
The next one (from the same studio) is hard to read, so I’ll post the back and you can see what you think it says. It looks like “Fannie Dulcher” to me, but I’ve found nothing that matches that name.
“19177 – Fannie Dulcher, Sept 18, 1876”
I have nothing for this one. Perhaps I’m reading the last name incorrectly and someone else will figure it out:
The next three photos are a father, mother, and their child:
“Geo. W. Schoonmaker, May 6, 1876, N. York”
George Washington Schoonmaker Sr.
b: 6 Sept 1841, Liberty, NY
d: 29 Jul 1880, Alexandria, NY
oo Mary Elizabeth Crossman
f: Daniel Schoonmaker
m: Anna Brodhead DePuy
George was a Civil War veteran, and an insurance agent. His son (pictured below) became a lawyer in Queens, New York.
“Mrs. Geo. Schoonmaker, May 6, 1876 N. York”
Mary Elizabeth Crossman
b: 12 Dec 1844, Jamaica, NY
d: 20 Dec 1880, Jacksonville, FL
oo George Washington Schoonmaker Sr.
f: Francis Crossman
m: Phoebe Wood
“Geo. Schoonmaker’s little boy, May 6, 1876”
George Washington Schoonmaker Jr.
b: 2 Apr 1874, New York, NY
d: 10 Mar 1911, Jamaica, NY
oo Elsie Wood Yeaton
f: George Washington Schoonmaker Sr.
m: Mary Elizabeth Crossman
George Jr. was a graduate of Cornell University Law School, and as stated above, became a lawyer in Brooklyn and Queens, NY.
“Pearley Boardman, Aug 7, 1876”
Perley Clark Boardman
b: 21 Feb 1869, Milton, VT
d: 14 Oct 1963, Burlington, VT
oo Charlotte Banning
f: Horatio G. Boardman
m: Harriet Field
Perley Boardman (who went by P. Clark) was born in Milton, VT. His father was a merchant. He became a lawyer in Albany, NY, and eventually became the Vice President of “Matthew Bender & Co.” a publishing company that published law books. He died of a heart attack in Burlington.
“Lem Platt’s little girl Clara Feb’y 6, 1876”
Clara Boardman Platt
b: 25 Jan 1872, Winooski, VT
d: 4 May 1938, Duluth, MN
oo Isreal Arthur Herrick
f: Lemuel Bostwick Platt III
m: Helen Josephine Boardman
Clara’s husband Isreal Herrick was a journalist who became a lawyer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I have found nothing so far for this one. It could be Colonel Krey, or Kreig, or Kriy? Not sure.
“25 Jan 1880”
“29 Apr 1880”
“H. 20 Feb 1876”