Monday, December 26, 2011

Mystery Monday - Marshalltown, Iowa Mystery Girl


This beautiful little girl, name unknown, had her picture taken by M. C. Beverage of Marshalltown, Iowa sometime between 1876 and 1912.  She has beautiful curls and and a bow around her neck.

I found this information about M. C. Beverage in an article written by Mark Dionne which helped to date the picture:

"From his obituary in the Times Republican, Marshalltown, Iowa, Jan 6, 1931 and, Marshall County Iowa History, 1878, p. 548: Maurice C. Beveridge (or Beverage) was born at Trading Post, Maine, June 8, 1841. He went to Canada in infancy and stayed till age 15 when he went to Michigan and Oconto, Wisconsin, where he learned his business. He married Hattie Crumb from Oconto, Wisconsin, 1871. He came to Marshalltown in Jan, 1876, when he engaged in the photography business. [This is useful information for those who are trying to date his photographs.] He had 4 children and died Jan 6, 1931. He left a brother Fred Beveridge of California and three grandchildren.  He ran the Beverage Cottage Gallery, a photography studio, from about 1876 to 1912."

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