The subject of this cabinet card portrait is an intense looking man with piercing eyes. He has a handsome beard and wavy hair. He wore his fancy clothing for his encounter with the photographer. The photographer of this image is a studio called Dobler Brothers of Beloit, Kansas. C. W. Dobler (1860-?) is listed in the 1880 census as a 20 year-old photographer living with his sister and brother-in-law. His brother-in-law, Frank Dawson, was 26 years old and also worked as a photographer. Directories show that by 1885, Dobler had married a woman named Sarah (age 22) and had a baby daughter named Pearl (age 1). The city of Beloit was settled in 1868 with the aim of improving water power in the area. Legend has it that local Native Americans advised the settlers to locate the town at a certain bend of the Solomon River to protect the town from tornadoes. The settlers followed their advice and the town has never been hit by a tornado while nearby areas have been less fortunate.

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  1. My best guesses from the family photos I have:
    * This man looks like he might be one of the Butler brothers: Abram, William, Josiah, or Asaph.
    * Dobler was putting their name (just “Dobler”) on the front of the cards by at least 1887.
    *It’s probably not William (he was born 1844).

  2. He looks like a Watson to me. The were in Beloit, Kansas at that time.

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