This cabinet card was found in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The sitter was James Buchanan Kirkley, born April 15, 1856, in Indiana. His image was captured by Felix Schanz, a native of France, who came to Fort Wayne in the 1880s. According to the following article, Schanz’ studio, at 112 Calhoun, opened in 1889.
James Kirkley worked as a farm laborer and carpenter. During the late 1880s, he ventured to Kansas, where he lived for some years. It was reported, in the January 23, 1890 edition of the Huntington Democrat, that James had arrived in the city and would be visiting with relatives in the county. Was this when he posed for his picture at the Schanz studio? He would have been about 34 years old.
Sometime before 1900, James moved back to Indiana. He never married and lived to be 81 years old.
Indiana death records
Huntington Democrat, Huntington, Indiana
The Cabinet Card Gallery