The Artist

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This is a tintype that has been hand-colored.  It was found in Markle, Indiana.  Written on the reverse is “Mrs. Sarah Huff, Artist, Leavensworth (sic), Ind.”

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Based on the young woman’s fashion, I loosely date this photo as being taken in the 1870s.  This is a curious case, as there were several women named Sarah Huff residing in the Leavenworth, Indiana area during this time.

The first Sarah Huff, married to Mack Huff, was born about 1859, and fits the age of the sitter.  However, she resided in Sterling, 17 miles from Leavenworth.

Two of those Sarahs were a mother and daughter living in Leavenworth.  The daughter, 18 years old in 1870, was, of course, a Miss Sarah Huff, not a Mrs.  The mother was 40 years old in 1870, so she could not be the sitter.  Is it possible the person who penned the writing mistakenly wrote Mrs.?  Or is it possible the writing signifies the person who hand-colored the photo, and not the identity of the sitter?  That could explain the notation of “Artist.”

This one remains a mystery.

Sources:
Census records
Death records

The Hustler

William F Hostetler

This dandy cabinet card was discovered in Goshen, Indiana.  The sitter screamed, “Take me home! I’m bold and interesting!”

William Francis Hostetler, born in La Paz, Indiana in 1870,  was a hustler, in a good way.  He was an enterprising person, determined to succeed, a real go-getter.

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Business Educator, 1912

Which is why I was surprised to find that William’s death certificate listed his only occupation as a farmer.  I’m sure he would have been surprised as well, and disappointed, considering he spent the majority of his adult life as a teacher.  In addition, for quite a few years, while also teaching, he sold insurance for the New York Life Insurance Company, and he was self employed, offering penmanship services for individuals and businesses.

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