DISTINGUISHED LOOKING OLDER MAN IN BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS

A distinguished looking older man with a white eard and mustache poses for his  portrait at the Fenwick studio in Bloomington, Illinois. The man is dressed in his finest clothing for his day at the photographer but it seems he had no time to see a barber to tame his beard and longish hair. The photographer of this image is Richard Fenwick. He was born in England in 1845. He appears in the U.S. Census in 1870. He was living in a Bloomington boarding house and working as a laborer. The 1880 census finds Mr Fenwick (age 35) married to Alida Fenwick (age 30). The couple was married in 1875 and were living with their two children. Richard Fenwick had a 1 year-old daughter (Adda) and a 9 year-old step son (Rush Downey). Fenwick was working as a photographer. The 1900 census reveals that Fenwick still worked as a photographer and his step son, Rush, filled the manager role in the photography studio. Research reveals that between 1866 and 1875, Fenwick was associated with the Cook and Fenwick studio.

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  1. I am very interested in finding out more about Fenwick photos as I have one I just received (poor quality photo copy) of my 3rd great grandmother and I would like to try to date it. I know she died in 1908, so it had to be before that. Any help you could give would be appreciated. I can be reached at jcevans321@comcast.net

    Thanks,
    Chris Evans

    • I would suggest reexamining the dates given in my description of the Fenwick picture and contacting the Bloomington, Illinois historical society to learn more specific biographical information about photographer Fenwick’s career. Good luck in your search.


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