Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential

Center

 

Elmer A. Whitney

 

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Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

 

Introduction

 

This photograph collection was given to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center by Dave Miller in 2008.

 

Biographical Sketch

 

Elmer Austin Whitney was born on 28 November 1884 in Sandusky County, Ohio to Jay and Alice (Stout) Whitney. After receiving an education until the 4th grade, Elmer left school to pursue other ventures.  As a young man he began to travel the country with his camera, taking pictures along the way to support himself.  Whitney excelled at sleight-of- hand and magic tricks.  He used his talents to attract audiences. Once Whitney gained their interest, he asked to take their photographs.   .

 

After returning to Fremont, Ohio, Elmer Whitney opened a photography studio on the second floor of what is today (2008) the Paramount Theatre on Front Street.  He specialized in photographing babies. He also went door-to-door around the Fremont area.  Elmer married the former Kathryn Paquette Miller on 15 June 926, in Toledo, Ohio.  Kathryn managed the Jackson Hotel located in downtown Fremont near Elmer’s studio.

 

He gained a stepdaughter, Mrs. Clyde (Frances) Breyman, and a stepson, Donald A. Miller from the marriage.  The couple spent their winters in Florida. Elmer always took along his camera.  After spending 62 years as a photographer in Fremont, Ohio, Elmer A. Whitney retired.  He died on 2 January 1967 at the age of 82.

 

 

Scope and Content

 

This collection, spanning from 1889-1952, contains 32 black and white photographs and a 1952 election booklet.  The photographs depict people, places, and events at various locations in Fremont, Ohio and the surrounding area. Most of the photographs are identified and/or dated.

Inventory

 

Ac. 5716

33 items

 

Folder 1

 

1.  Heights Consolidated School Ballville Twp. Sandusky County, Ohio, Oct. 20, 1919

2.  Hazel St. Field, K[nights] of P[ythias] Baseball Team, Fremont, Ohio, May 14, 1922.                                           

3.  Overmyer Reunion- Fremont, Ohio, Aug.31, 1922

4.  6th Annual Reunion, Co.G 329th Infantry, Aug. 2 and 3, 1924

5.  Unidentified Group, dtd. Oct. 30, 1915

 

Folder 2

 

6. Waldo’s Gang, AT&T Co    Nov. 15, 1924

7.  Dr. Geo Smith’s M.E.S.S. Class, Sept. 12, 1915

8.  Sunset Band    Sept. 7, 1936

9.  Fremont Majorettes- Sponsored by Moose Lodge 1286

10. The Cross Photo Supply Co. Christmas Party, Dec. 24, 1931

 

Folder 3

 

11.  “The Schemers,” Fremont, OH  Dec. 3-4, 1924 (2 photos)

12.  Cigar Store Indian located in Fremont, Ohio on Front St.

13.  Our Gang Band- Meadowbrook Park, July 4, 1936

15.  Old Bridge over Sandusky River, Fremont, Ohio

 

Folder 4

 

16.  Photograph of 3 men- Elmer A. Whitney (top left), 1914

17.  Maumee Bus Stop

18.  Elmer & Edna Whitney, Albert Soders, Fred Williams, and an unidentified woman 

       before “Old Betsy” Cannon, Fremont, Ohio

19   Ollie Hess & nieces Addie & Alice, 1889

20.  Unidentified man standing by machinery, Nov. 15, 1937

 

Folder 5

 

21.      The Pilgrim Shoppe

22.      Fremont Middle School Collapse

23/24. Fremont Steam Boat   A.S. Gabel, (2 photos)

25.      Group of unidentified children    Sept. 22, 1939

 

Folder 6

 

26.  Group of unidentified men splitting logs, Apr. 14, 1940

27.  Fremont, Ohio State Street bridge in winter

28.  Group of unidentified military men

29.  Group of unidentified children in the winter

30.  Group of unidentified factory workers in front of building

 

Folder 7

 

31.   Two unidentified men on bicycles in front of A. Beesch Co.

32.   TM Baseball Team

33.   Election Booklet from 1952