William Shuler’s Uncle and Aunt

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This photograph is simply labeled “William Shuler’s Uncle and Aunt.”  It was taken in Hutchinson, Kansas, which is located a couple of counties over from where my relative lived in Madison, Kansas.

There was a William D. Shuler living in Hutchinson who could be the William Shuler mentioned here.  He was buried there in 1924.  I’d have to do more research to be sure and then even more research to come up with possibilities for who is aunt and uncle might be.

The photograph was taken at the studio of “Photographer:  A. McInturff, No. 11 Main St., Hutchinson, Kas.”

I found McInturff in  Winfield, Kansas in mentions from 1877-1883.  The 1878 Winfield Directory lists “A. McInturff, 41; spouse, L, 34” and in 1880 shows “McInturff, A., photographer.  Here’s McInturff’s ad in the Winfield Courier newspaper on October 11, 1877:

“Don’t you forget it.  McInturff is ahead on good pictures.  Makes gems, photographs, and landscape views.  Just opposite the post office, Winfield, Kansas.  Call and see work done in Winfield.” 

And this snippet of news on October 10, 1878:

“A. McInturff left yesterday for Florence.  He will probably go into business at that place.  He is a first-class artist in the photograph line, and we wish him the success he so well merits no matter where he may locate.” 

Oh, no!  October 24, 1878.

Died, on Monday evening, at 4 o’clock, of croup, Albert, son of Mr. and Mrs. McInturff, aged 6 years.

Cowley County Courant, April 20, 1882:

A couple of ladies were examining the pictures in McInturff’s show case the other day when a wag, whose name we will not divulge, pointed out to them O. M. Seward’s photo as that of Jesse James, when they both exclaimed, “Oh, my, he looks just like a robber!”

Winfield Courier, December 14, 1882:

Mr. J. S. McIntire has purchased the McInturff photograph gallery over Wallis & Wallis’ grocery store. He is reputed to be a very fine artist.

The Winfield Courier on November 22, 1883 published a “Roll of Honor” which listed “old soldiers in this county drawing pensions from the government for injuries sustained on account of service:

McInturff, Andrew, Winfield, g s w rt shoulder, $8.00 monthly.

McInturff would have been about 46 in 1883, so surely he didn’t retire after he sold his business the previous year.

McInturff died in Hutchinson on Nov. 26, 1909, so apparently he relocated there from Winfield sometime after 1883.

It seems likely that the photograph was taken in the 1880s.

You can read more about this collection of photos and its provenance here.  You will also find links to all the posts in this series in that post. 

Please leave a comment below if you’re related to any of the people mentioned in this series.  I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “William Shuler’s Uncle and Aunt

  1. Bingo! I looked William D. Shuler up on Ancestry, and one tree has this photo. They’ve labeled it, “WD Shuler and I believe his wife Sarah Ann (Koontz), Taken in Hutchinson, KS.”
    Sometimes when people write on the back of the photo, it is the recipient’s name. Perhaps the photo was given to the aunt and uncle. I’ll explore this tree further to see what potential aunts and uncles look like.

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    1. Maybe William D. had a nephew also named William? I’m still trying to figure out why it’s labeled as it is. The notation is written on the album page, not on the back of the photo.

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      1. I just came across the exact same photo in the 2nd album. It’s labeled “Grandpa Koontz’s sister Sally Shuler.” Sally is likely the short form of Sarah.

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    1. Andrew McInturff (1836-1909) is my great-great granduncle; he was a younger brother of my great-great grandmother, Nancy (McInturff) Reynard. He was born in the Powell’s Fort Valley, Shenandoah County, Virginia, one of 14 children & seven brothers. All the brothers served in the Civil War, five in the Army of Northern Virginia, and two – Andrew & his older brother Alfred – for the Union. Andrew had left home about 1850, arriving in St Louis via Chicago. He headed for the gold fields around Pike’s Peak in the late 1850s, but returned to Missouri within a month or two. He was in Ft. Leavenworth when the war began, and enlisted in the 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, serving under Jim Lane & Powell Clayton. He was wounded at the battle of Helena, Arkansas. The effects of the wound would preclude his engaging in labor, thus he became a photographer. Andrew’s eldest son, Eugene, was apparently something of a celebrity in Hutchinson, Kansas, for his food wagon. He was known as “Hamburger Gene”, and also was a partner with his younger brother, Austin, in a photography studio.

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      1. Well, of course, I had to go read about “Hamburger Gene”! 25 hamburgers for a dollar in the early 1900s! Thanks for sharing your family’s McInturff history–I really enjoyed learning more about Andrew. Now I’m wondering if I have more photographs from his studio in these Victorian photo albums. I’ll have to take a look.

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