Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Today’s cabinet card dates from approximately the 1870s and was made by H. G. White in Monroe, WI. The back has a pencil notation that this was “Mother.” The location of the studio was South Side of Square, but it’s unclear which square. I found another photograph online that was made in Stewart’s Block, South Side, so I am guessing it’s the same location. Also of interest is that the description “South Side of Square” is also associated with Cross Photograph Parlors circa 1864. It is possible White occupied the location after Cross.

I could not find much information on the photographer unfortunately. It is possible his first name was Horatio, but in a cursory search I didn’t find any hard facts to that, just other sites referring to Horatio G White as a photographer. There was a reference in the 1878 Journal of Proceedings of the Wisconsin Legislature of a petition by H. G. White and 110 others from the towns of Monroe and Jordan in Green County in favor of banning intoxicating liquors. This petition was sent to Senator Price and was then sent to committee. So, H. G. White was a prohibition man. Interesting. There is a later reference in 1922 of H. G. White coauthoring a paper on Downy Mildew of the Vine in an agricultural magazine.

One thought on “Stately lady

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    Looks like the square is formed by 16 and 17th Avenue and 10 and 11th Street with 11th street on the south side.

    The photographer was Horatio Gate White (b. circa 1834 in Maine)


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