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!