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Nineteenth Century Photographers - H. M. Booth



LOST GALLERY is tracing the histories of a couple hundred photographers from the Cabinet Card era, about 1860 through about 1920. For many of these photographers there remains only sketchy information but a few left many details about their lives.

There are genealogy histories and newspaper clippings on some.

Some histories formed timelines showing where the photographer was working and when. This information will help researchers date old photographs in their family albums.

From time to time, Thinks Happen will feature one of the more interesting histories.

Today's photographer is Henry Martin Booth


Cabinet Card seated woman
Photographer:
The Booth studio
Rich Hill, MO

Henry Martin Booth apparently had several interests in his life, including a brick factory, a photograph studio, a funeral home, a music store, a livery stable with race horses and in 1920 he purchased an Opera House, all in Rich Hill, MO.

Timeline
Henry Martin Booth
(14 Jun 1853 - 09 Aug 1935)

1853 Jun 14
born in Erie, PA
1860
US census living with family in New Oregon, IA
1870
US census living with family in New Oregon, IA
1884
marries Rolla Jessie Hedges in Rich Hill, MO
1879 May 28
Shelbina (MO) Democrat news mention as photographer

1894 Aug 28
St. Joseph (MO) Herald news mention entry in horse race
1894 Sep 09
St. Joseph (MO) Herald news mention entry in horse race
1897 Sep 06 & 10
Springfield MO Republican news item Booth enters horse race
1900 Jun 16
US census as photographer; res Walnut st
1904 Jan 28
Rich Hill Tribune news item mention as undertaker
1905 Nov 01
Rich Hill Tribune news item mention as undertaker
1905 Dec 14
Rich Hill, Tribune ad for piano sales - H. M. Booth, agent
1907 Aug 01
Rich Hill Tribune news item Booth purchases brick plant in Rich Hill, MO
1908 May 02
Rich Hill Tribune news item Booth as brick manufacturer in Rich Hill, MO

1910 Apr 23
US census as photographer; res on Walnut st
1920
Booth purchases the Opera House in Rich Hill, MO, to be operated by his wife Rolla
1920 Jan 10
US census as photographer; wife Rolla as manager of “Picture Show”
1930 Apr 17
US census as no occupation, wife Rolla as manager of funeral home and son-in-law as manager of “Picture Show”; res Walnut st
1935 Aug 09
Dies in Rich Hill, MO at age 82

There’s not much to define when Booth actually operated a photograph studio. It may have been an exclusive business at one time and it may well have been a sideline with all his other interests. Possibly he was photographer as early as 1879 and as late as 1920.


Selby (MO) Democrat 28 May 1879



Selby (MO) Democrat 18 Jun 1879



Springfield (MO)Republican 10 Sep 1897

Rich Hill (MO) Tribune 28 Jan 1904

Rich Hill Tribune 14 Dec 1905

Rich Hill, (MO) tribune 01 Aug 1907



To review all of the KNOWN photographers in LOST GALLERY, start HERE.

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