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GEORGE WELLS BUCKLIN (1876-1963)
George Wells Bucklin born Stevens Point, WI Aug. 11, 1876 died Broomall, PA May 3, 1963. Built and lived in the home at 3334 Normal Boulevard, Lincoln, NE in 1925.

Notes taken from his autobiography, which was published in 1948, lists the following buildings in Lincoln where he had studios and/or employment:

Lincoln, Nebraska - "Commercial Photographer" 1919-1943
Montgomery Shop, Terminal Bldg.
Culbertson & Roe
Lincoln Star
State Phot'gr for F.E.R.A. & W.P.A.

Finishing at Home
University Extension (Biochromate)
Lincoln Blue Print & Map Co.
Photostat & Process Film Dept.

The family moved from Mankato, MN to Lincoln in 1919. He had studios in Mankato, LeSueur, Springfield, LeVerne and Austin, Minnesota before moving to Lincoln. In 1943 after being "retired" from the Lincoln-Journal Star, they went to Dayton, Ohio where he worked at Wright Field as Senior Photographer until his "duration plus six months" were up he and his wife, Abby, moved to Broomall, PA where his daughter, Clarissa, and family lived. Submitted by Phyllis Stevens


PETER TRAULSEN (1863-1926)
Peter Wilhelm Traulsen, brother of photographers Herman and Claus Traulsen, was one of Hooper's leading photographers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was born in Tating, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany in 1863 and emigrated from there to Minden, Iowa in 1887, where he worked for a time as a painter. He apparently moved to Hooper around 1888 and opened a photography studio which was mentioned in the May 1976 publication, CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF HOOPER, as a current Hooper business in 1894. He remained active in this profession in Hooper until his death in 1926. For a time, he also ran a branch of his studio in Leigh, perhaps in partnership with his older brother, J. Herman. He is buried in the Hooper cemetery. Submitted by Darrell Moyer 


HERMAN TRAULSEN (1858-1910)
Johann Hermann Traulsen, brother of photographers Peter and Claus Traulsen, was born in Tating, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany and emigrated to Walnut, Iowa in 1880, working there for a time as a carpenter. He moved to Dodge, Nebraska, where he established a photography studio around 1891. He later moved his business to Leigh, perhaps in association with his younger brother, Peter. Failing eyesight reportedly drove him from the profession in 1906, spending the last several years of his life engaged in farming. He is buried in the Hooper cemetery. Submitted by Darrell Moyer


CLAUS TRAULSEN (1860-1933)
Claus Henning Traulsen, brother of photographers Peter and Herman Traulsen, was born in St. Peter, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany and emigrated to Shelby, Iowa in 1885 to work for a time as a carpenter. Little is known of his early photography businesses, but he operated a photo studio in Wisner for an undetermined period, with several of his portraits during this period still with descendents of the Peter Traulsen family. He returned to Germany where, from 1899 to 1901, he operated a photo studio in Toenning, near St. Peter. He later returned to live for a time in the United States, but his occupation at that time is unclear. He and his wife, Luise, returned to Germany in 1909, where he lived out his years in Tating. He was buried, along with his wife and parents in the churchyard in Tating. Submitted by Darrell Moyer


THOMAS W. TOLMAN (from Fort Dodge, Webster, IA)
He is listed in:

R. L. Polk Business Directory for Glenwood, Mills Co., IA 1882-1883

Nebraska State Gazetteer Business Directory 1890-1891 (J. M. Wolfe & Co. Publishers, 1890) for Nebraska City, Otoe Co., NE. Submitted by S. G. Williams 


Nebraska Railroad Photo Car Photographers

From Phyllis Merryman Cloyd in NJ: It may be of interest that I found a little more information about these unique independent photographers. They were active during the late 1800's. And many times only the initials "RPC" were used on the portraits with the name of the photographer.   

From "Past & Present of Platte County, NE" 1915, p394

Photographer: A. J. Arnold at Platte Co., NE 1863+

"THE FIRST PICTURE TAKER"
"The pioneer picture taker of Platte County, and the only one for many years, was A. J. Arnold, a sketch of whom is given elsewhere in this volume. His photograph gallery was built on a wagon. As early as 1863 he was taking the pictures of the pioneers from Columbus to Genoa, and the settlements on the road. A few years later he located permanently in Columbus. It is reported of Mr. Arnold that on one occasion a gentleman appeared at his gallery for a picture. .Mr. Arnold asked him if he wanted a full-length, half-length, bust, face or what. Being a little nervous, he said he would take "or what." Mr. Arnold yanked his camera around, recklessly poked the skylight curtains this way and that with a long stick, and then ordered the man to sit down. Mr. Arnold presented a revolver to the head of the gentleman who was sitting for his photograph, with the cheering remark: "Sir, my reputation as an artist is at stake. If you don't sit perfectly still and not move a hair, and look smiling, I'll blow your brains out." It is unnecessary to state that the gentleman "smile" a ghastly smile, and thus saved the artist's reputation and his own life."   

From "Past & Present of Platte County, NE" 1915, p601

CLAUD J. FENNEL

"...began the study of photography with William Griffin"...at Hebron, Thayer, NE. "In 1900 he removed to Schuyler, where he established a studio, continuing active in business there for twelve years, or until 1912, when he came to Columbus. Here he opened a photographic studio and the artistic character of his work has brought to him a liberal and growing patronage. In fact his ability has gained for him wide and well merited prominence in his chosen field. He is a member of the Tri-State Photographers Association, which includes Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri; has been secretary, vice president and president of the State Association of Photographers; is a member of the National Photographers Association and has been twice a delegate to the national congress of photography. He keeps in touch with the most advanced thought, methods and scientific processes of his art and has won first prizes in both Class B and Class A at the state conventions. In addition to conducting business in Columbus he has branch studios at Silver Creek and at Spalding and is accorded a most liberal and well deserved patronage."
1900: Schuyler, Colfax, NE
1912: Columbus, Platte, NE
1915: " and Silver Creek, Merrick, NE and Spalding, Greeley, NE."   

From Andreas' History of Nebraska:

CLAY COUNTY:
JOHN V. STAYNER
, proprietor of the Edgar Photograph Gallery, Edgar, Clay, NE established Jun 1874  

DODGE COUNTY:
A. C. HULL
, photographer, Fremont, began the business in Fremont in 1870. He first located in Omaha, in 1867, and there engaged in photographing for some time, then went West on the line of the Union Pacific Railway, taking landscape views in the Rocky Mountains, etc., but making his headquarters in Omaha until he went to Fremont. He spent much of his time from 1867 to 1870 amid the wild scenery of Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. He was born in Fort Wayne, Ind., April 14, 1846. Began photographing in 1861, in his native place. He practiced four years in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minn., before settling in Nebraska.   

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
EDRIC L. EATON
, photographer, Was born in Franklin County, Vt., May 31, 1836. He learned the profession of photographer there, at fifteen years of age and was employed at it some five years. Came to Nebraska in 1857. Located in Omaha and opened a photograph gallery which he conducted until 1860. He was then engaged traveling in the photograph business with the First Nebraska Infantry for some five years. Returning to Omaha in 1866 he again opened a photograph gallery which he has conducted since and also carries a photographic stock. Mr. Eaton was also, in 1859, engaged for six months at Florence, Nebraska, in photographing Mormon immigrants. He was married at Omaha in 1866 to Emma L. Salveter, a native of St. Louis, Mo. They have two living children, Fannie and Mabel.   

GEORGE HEYN, proprietor of the Grand Central photograph gallery, was born in Germany in 1856. He came to America in 1871, learned the profession of a photographer in the East and was employed at it some years. He came to Nebraska in February, 1879, located in Omaha and was engaged in conducting a photograph gallery for E. L. Eaton until November 1, 1880, when he purchased the business and has been engaged conducting it under the above style since. He employs three men.

D. S. MITCHELL, manager and operator of the Bee Hive Photographic Studio, was born in Hollis, Me., December 14, 1836. At nine years of age he was employed as errand boy in a daguerreotype gallery, and four years later he ran a gallery alone at Portland, Me. He was then employed in a gallery in Boston, Mass., and in various other places until 1856. He then learned the profession of photographing with J. T. Barnes, of New York; was in his employ for two years; was then for twenty years engaged at his profession at various places. He came to Nebraska in 1877, and located in Omaha; he was employed in making views and in general commercial photographing for six months. In September, 1878, the Bee Hive Studio was started in a small portable gallery. In August, 1879, the present building was erected, and seven artists are now employed in the business. Mr. Mitchell has had charge of the business since it commenced.   

J. B. SILVIS, photographer, artist, Elkhorn Station, Douglas P. O., was born in Lockhaven, Pa., in 1834. At the age of fifteen, in 1849, he left his native State for California, going up on an overland trip, which he completed the same year, and for twenty years there, was very successfully connected with mining operations. In 1859 he began the study of his profession, in consequence of injuries received that incapacitated him form active service in the mines, and has been actively connected with it until his retirement in 1882. In 1870, he came to Nebraska, conducted the Union Pacific Railroad photograph car through the entire route. In the meantime taking an active part in agricultural and stock industry, of which he owns some valuable farms in this locality.   

LINCOLN COUNTY:
North Platte - EDWIN M. DAY
, attorney at law, and proprietor of photograph gallery  

OTOE COUNTY:
Nebraska City - C. W. PHILLIPS
, photographer in 1877.

PAWNEE COUNTY:
HOWARD ELLIS
, photograph artist. Pawnee City, came in 1869, and has been identified with his present business since.   

PLATTE COUNTY:
OSCAR A. STEARNS
, photographer and dentist, Columbus, Neb. 1871 

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