125 year old photo album to be focus of Thursday discussion
There’s a small photograph album in the collections of the Jasper County Historical Society that can easily be overlooked. I discovered it when I was working on compiling my first book, A History of Newton, Iowa, in the late 1980s.
Actually, I had seen a few of the images contained therein even before that time. Six of them appear in the 1916 City Directory as part of a sketch entitled “Early Life in Newton,” written by Angus K. Campbell (1834-1926), a pioneer of 1858.
The pictures were taken not “in Civil War Days,” as the publisher of the directory believed, but were actually made twenty years later. Unfortunately, because the album was mislaid for a time when I was using it at the museum library, I myself made an error in attributing the images to Charles Clifford, a photographer who had been doing business in Newton as early as 1875. A native of Miami County, Ohio, Clifford came to Iowa in 1866.
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