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Periodically, the Publications Director will receive photos which have been orphaned. The photos are received from a variety of sources including the Lost and Found Department from events, members who have come across the photos in their research, and sometimes, even from out of state resources. While the Society concentrates on St. Louis resources, a photo that may be from outside our area will be displayed because someone may be looking for it. We hope to help every picture displayed to find a home.

If you recognize a picture as being pertinent to your genealogical research, you may contact the Publications director, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Fannie Acton
The back of Fannie’s photo says: G. D. Wilson’s Double Light Rembrandt Gallery of Art, Corner Sixteenth Street and Franklin Avenue, St. Louis, Mo.
Peter Austin
Both photos depict Dr. Peter AUSTIN and were taken by different photographers in St. Louis, Mo. One is a cabinet card; the other is a carte de visite, similar to today’s business cards. The smaller photo says on the back: "Dr. Peter Austin, Grandm. Floyd was attended by this dr. when her last child was born." It is marked "J. A. Scholten, photographer, 301 & 303 North 5th St., Cor. Of Olive. Entrance 509 Olive St., St. Louis, Mo." in a decorative floral plaque graphic. The larger photo is marked "Strauss" on the front. On the back it says, "Dr. Peter Austin my grandfather’s brother." It’s signed "E.S.B." Strauss Photo was at 1818 Franklin Ave., St. Louis.
This photo is from the Gayer Studio, 22nd and St. Louis Ave. in St. Louis. There is nothing on the back. The photo was purchased from Collinsville, Illinois, on an Internet auction and donated to St. Louis Genealogical Society in 2001.
Burkhardt Wedding
This photo is in very bad condition, although it can be electronically enhanced so that most of the damage can be disguised. It appears as though it has been chewed or was damaged by etching with a hard object. The wedding couple is identified on the back as "Burkhardts Wedding Pictures." On the lower right of the front is an embossed label that reads "Chas Betz, 586 W. Market, Lou., Ky."
Nellie Christ
On the front, embossed on the bottom, is photographer information: Howard, 115 W. 4th St., Pueblo, Colorado. On the back, in pencil, is "Mrs. Nellie Christ." In the upper right-hand corner, it says "1896."
Church Reunion
There is a name and address written on the back, but it may be that of the contributor, Owen D. Snyder of Creve Coeur, Missouri. In pencil, it says "unidentified picture; maybe Mt. Zion Church Reunion." The photo is yellowed but in good condition. The cardboard backing is crumbling on two sides and has been water damaged.
John Henry & Minoh Rebecca Conklin
We have a small packet of information on the Ireton family. There are two copies of this photo. On the back of one of them, it says: "This picture is from a tintype of the boys great-great grandparents: John Henry Ireton Born May 1, 1855 died Oct. 29, 1916; Minoh Rebecca Conklin, his wife married in Canton, Ohio March 5, 1879. She died about 193_."
There are four pages from an album or Bible. The originals are in ragged shape: yellowed and torn; however, there are copies of each page. The births are of members of the Ireton family, including John H., Minoh Conklin, James Harry, Charles Richard, and Margaret Bernice. The marriage page has John H. and Minoh’s marriage; the deaths record John H. Ireton; and the Memoranda page has the birth of John Harry Ireton in 1909. The spelling throughout is poor, so this may have been a farm family or one living in a rural area.
Charles Decker
Printed on the bottom of this photo is the following information: "Mr. Charles Decker, 19 Years old––Height, 31 inches––Weight 45 lbs." The photo comes from an album purchased in Hermann, Missouri in 2002.
Drum & Bugle Corps
This unmarked photo features the St. Louis County Drum & Bugle Corps (date unknown). It was previously published in the Winter 2007 StLGS Quarterly.
Lollie Edgar
This photo is from the Strauss Studio and is marked “Lollie Edgar––St. Louis” on the back. The front of the photo is marked “Strauss.” The back of the photo is marked “Strauss Photo.” The studio was 1818 Franklin Ave. in St. Louis.
Mrs. Elhardt
This photo is from the Roth Studios and is marked “Mrs. Elhardt” on the back. The front is stamped “Roth, 2006 S. Broadway, St. Louis.” The back of the photo is marked “S. Roth, Artistic Photographer, 2006 S. Broadway, St. Louis, Mo.” Mr. Roth apparently won a “First Premium” award at the St. Louis Fair in 1893.
This photo was found at our annual Family History Conference in Maryland Heights in April 2006. It has the number nineteen written on the back and the name “Hess” on both the back and the front. It has pieces of black paper still stuck to the back, indicating it was taken from an old album, and is torn along the right side.
W. A. Hensley
This photo of W. A. Hensley was previously published in one of our Quarterly journals, but still remains unclaimed. It comes from White Studios in St. Louis. The stamped material on the back says, “White & Donnel, Proprietors, White Photographers, 1014 Washington Avenue, St. Louis.” In very faded ink it says, “W. A. Hensley to his sister Fanny A. Watson.”
Herman W. Heuer Jr.
Herman W. Heuer Jr. is written in pencil across the back. The photography studio is Roth, 2006 S. Broadway in St. Louis, and more information on the photography studio is on the back.
Anna and William Hoffman
A tracing service in the Czech Republic is searching for relatives of this couple in order to restore property taken during WWII. Anna was born on 4 January 1907 in Ostrova, then Poland, now the Czech Republic. Her parents were Jendrich Katz and Amalia Loffel.
She died in St. Louis on 15 May 1946 from a “hyperthyroidism crisis” and was buried by Rindskopf Roth in the Mt. Olive Cemetery (now United Hebrew Cemetery). At the time of her death, she and her husband, Vilem (William) were living at 5390 Pershing Avenue. William was working for the Angelica Corporation, based in Maplewood, Missouri.
William only bought one plot in the cemetery and his whereabouts after Anna’s death remain a mystery.
If you have any knowledge of this couple, please contact the editor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will put you in touch with the tracing service.
Jonathon D. Hull
We currently have a copy of Jonathon’s Pennsylvania death certificate, issued in 1962, in the StLGS office. One of our members found it in a book she purchased at a past Family History Conference.
Jonathon was born on 5 February 1884 in Lebanon Springs, New York. He was named for his father, and his mother’s name was Mary Schroder. His wife, also Mary, was the informant on his certificate. He died on 24 April 1933 of influenza, made worse by asthma.
He was the manager of E. L. Brady, Inc., a plating business, and he lived at 6323 Douglas Avenue in Pittsburgh before his death.
If you are related to Jonathon and would like his death certificate, please contact the editor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will be happy to forward the paper to you.
lady and man
Nothing is known of these two people other than they were in St. Louis to sit for their portraits at the Strauss Photography Studio, which, at one time was at 1818 Franklin Avenue. Their clothing and hair suggest either late nineteenth or early twentieth century. A woman in Maine is looking for the names of the individuals. If you think you might know who they are, please contact StLGS.
Wm. F. Lambach
The back of William’s photo says: St. Louis Double-Light Photograph Gallery. Brecht and Co., No. 906 Sixth St., near Franklin Ave., St. Louis, MO.
This photo seems to be completely unmarked. It is in a folder that is decorated with Art Deco features in shades of gray and black. The photo was found by one of our members in the Galleria Parking Lot during the annual Nursery Foundation Book Fair in April 2000.
Lelia Mager
This photo is in excellent condition, although it is very yellowed from the acidic cover it’s been kept in. It is signed on the lower right: Lelia Mager, 12/25/14. Below the photo is the photographer’s signature: Tupper-Gaffney.
Mueller Wedding
There are no markings on this photo. The ornate paper frame in which it was found is marked "Mueller Sisters, 3021 Cherokee St., St. Louis."
Paul Heiman
Photo of three little boys with Paul Heiman as the identifier. On the back, it says "Heiman, Paul, Loby Reim" so you can't tell where the names separate. Maybe the two taller ones are called Loby and Reim.
Pavlak Wedding
This marriage certificate is an original and we hope you can help us return it to its rightful owners. Mr. Joseph Zilinski of St. Louis married Miss Anna Pavlak of Springfield, Illinois, in Springfield on the 8th of May 1916. The witnesses were Martin and Rose Pavlak and they were married by John Czuberkis, “a Catholic clergy.”
Emma Ruff
Emma Ruff (or maybe Rupp). is written in pencil across the back. The photography studio is Roth, 2006 S. Broadway in St. Louis, and more information on the photography studio is on the back.
Willie Schaub
This little boy is Willie Schaub, four months old, which, as you can see, is penciled on the front. The photo was taken at the Klotter and Scherer Photograph Art Gallery at 906 and 908 N. 6th Street in St. Louis.
Herman Schreiber
Herman Schreiber is written in pencil across the back. The photography studio is Fischer, 9th and Franklin Avenue in St. Louis, Mo. The spot over Herman’s eye and the one by his mouth appear to be ink stains and not part of the baby’s face.
Norma Shrurman
Obviously happy, this baby is labeled on the back “Norma Sheurman.” There is also a name in pencil in a shaky handwriting that looks similar but with a widely different spelling. On the front it says “Schneidt Studio, 3300 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, Mo.
Soldier
This photo was found among the papers at St. Jacobi Lutheran Church in St. Louis. There is no identification on it, but it is mounted on the back of a postcard and in a cardboard holder with a round cutout. The young man’s clothing suggests a time period at the beginning of the twentieth century.
St. Wenceslaus School 1950
This photo has been cracked in several places. The accompanying image has been touched up a bit so the faces are clearer, but the actual photo is damaged across the center and in several other areas. In the lower left it reads, “St. Wenceslaus School, St. Louis, Oct 1950.” In the lower right, it reads, “Lester Tones (or maybe Jones) Studio.”
Jacqueline Taylor
This cabinet card photo, taken by Studio Genelli, Hulbert Bros., proprietors, at 923 Olive Street, St. Louis, Mo., is identified as "Marie Jacqueline TAYLOR (or Tayln), 10 years old." The photographer advertised "Instantaneous Portraits of Children A Successful Specialty." His patent is dated 29 Dec 1885.
Two Boys-NY Studio
Sadly, these two young men are unidentified. On the front of this faded photo it says “New York Portrait Co., 1426 & 28 Franklin Ave., St. Louis, Mo.” On the back it also says that the manager of the New York Portrait Co. was Geo. G. Utt. The tiny print in the box says that the negative of the photo was being preserved “for future orders and can be reduced for the smallest locket or enlarged up to life-size and finished in Crayon or Water Color.”
This young, unknown woman has nothing on the back of the photo. On the front it says “St. Louis Artogravure Co., 1426 & 1428 Franklin Ave., St. Louis, MO. She is holding a Christian prayer book, so this is probably a first communion photo.
John J. Wysocki
This photo of John J. Wysocki was previously published in one of our Quarterly journals, but still remains unclaimed. The actual image is only about an inch and a half in height. It has John’s name on the back in ink with “Ellis, Wis.” under it. There is a stamp in the oval that says “Nursey,” probably the name of the photo studio.
 

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