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James William Shipler

Male 1849 - 1937  (87 years)


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  • Name James William Shipler  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
    Buried 12 Mar 1837  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 17
    James William Shipler (1849 - 1937) - Find A Grave Memorial
    James William Shipler (1849 - 1937) - Find A Grave Memorial
    Born 20 Jul 1849  Mercer, Mercer Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Mar 1937  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 6, 7, 12, 16, 17
    Person ID I01  Shepler Genealogy
    Last Modified 26 Feb 2017 

    Father Peter Essington Shipler, Jr,   b. 1818, Mifflin, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1889, Mercer, Mercer, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Margaret Wharton,   b. Abt 1819, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. UNKNOWN, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F01  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Relationship natural 
    Mother Rachel Lighter Henderson,   b. 07 Jun 1825, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F65656  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Taylor,   b. 31 Jan 1851, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1915, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Harry Shipler,   b. Apr 1878, Mercer, Mercer Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1961, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2017 
    Family ID F02  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From Find A Grave.com, 1-2011:
      When James first came west he opened a photographic studio in Denver in 1872, about seven years before William Henry Jackson, who was his good friend. After a number of trips back to Pittsburgh, he came to Salt Lake City in 1890, staying first at the Valley House; then to Dan Loftus house, east on 3rd South; then to a large residence in the 21st Ward owned by a Mrs. Staines. Part of the house was occupied by Judge J. W. Powers. His first studio was two rooms adjoining the Kenyon Hotel, but when the Hooper Building was completed, February 1, 1891, he secured a studio there on the fifth floor. The building had been remodeled at his request to provide a large sky-light 20 feet long, which sloped toward the north to within three feet of the floor. Such a sky-light was essential to the early photographer to provide steady light. Exposures for photographs in those days always took from thirty seconds to three minutes, and a head rest was necessary to help the person being photographed to sit still.

      Mr. Shipler went through the period from 1885 to 1895, when there came a revolution in photography, when the business switched from wet plates to dry plates. The wet plate, after exposure, had to be plunged immediately into a bath of silver nitrate and developed; but the later dry plates could be kept for some time before finishing. A later improvement came in changing from the old-time albumen covered paper, which could be easily over-exposed, to the modern type which is staple.

      At that time newspapers objected to giving free advertising. They seldom published the name of the photographer with a portrait; but Mrs. Harry Shipler recalled that careful observation of the background and the lighting effects would usually reveal the gallery from whence the picture came. When distinguished guests came to the gallery, Shipler usually charged $2.50 to $3.00 a shot for photography, but he made a special rate of $2.00 to the newspapers if the publication would include his name when printing the picture.

      In 1902, Harry Shipler withdrew from his father's establishment and went into business on his own. In 1910 he secured a room near the Tracy Loan and Trust Co. building, and started a side-line of photography, "for men only." When Auerbauch Company moved from Main Street, he obtained their old pattern department, a very long, narrow building, and conducted his business there.

      Harry Shipler, his son Bill, assisted by a grandson W. Hollis, had a prosperous business, carrying a large commercial line and selling photographic supplies.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1494] Findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial # 164733.
      Birth: Jul. 20, 1849
      Mercer
      Mercer County
      Pennsylvania, USA
      Death: Mar. 10, 1937
      Salt Lake City
      Salt Lake County
      Utah, USA
      Son of Peter Shipler and Margaret Wharton
      Married Elizabeth Taylor
      Child - Harry Shipler
      also see notes for James William Shipler

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    17. [S1494] Findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial # 164733.
      James William Shipler - Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, Plot: P_292_2

    18. [S1494] Findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial # 164733.

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      James William Shipler; birth: July 20, 1849; Bplace: Mercer, Pennsylvania; age:87y 7m 20d; occupation:photographer; Fathers name: Peter Shipler; Father Bplace: Ohio; Mother name: Margaret Wharton, mother bplace: Ohio; burial: Mt. Olivet Cemetery, March 12, 1937, Salt Lake City, Utah