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Charles Andrew Miller, Photographer of Moberly, Missouri

Posted by LangdonRoad on February 28, 2011 at 3:15 PM




C. A. Miller, photographer, was active in Moberly, Randolph County, Missouri from at least 1900 until 1957. He was born about Dec 1878 in Virginia of Virginia-born parents.


This is a cabinet photo portrait of an unidentified lady from the first decade of the past century. It was taken by C. A. Miller in Moberly, Randolph County, Missouri. Her ruffled gown has a lace yoke, high collar with lace appliqué and lace trimmed cuffs. She is complete with a gold watch on a long chain and a wedding ring.


The image itself is 3 by 5½ inches and mounted on a cabinet card which measures about 5½ by 8½ inches. The mat is cream colored and has abeveled edge. The photographer's name with a crest is stamped under the photo.The reverse is blank. Heavy wear but distinctive image.


It is possible to locate C. A. Miller using Federal Census Records in 1900 and 1910 when he lists his occupation as photographer.


In 1910, Federal Census for Missouri in Moberly, Sugar CreekTownship in Randolph County, is Charles Miller and wife Ada living with her father Ben Sims and wife at 718 Reed St.


There is a marriage certificate for C A Miller and Ada Sims dated 22 Nov 1899 in Moberly, MO.


On the 1900 Federal Census for Missouri in Moberly, Sugar CreekTownship in Randolph County, is Charles Miller and wife Ada living withher father Ager B. Sims and wife at 718 Reed on 7 June 1900. The census taker also found Chas A. Miller and Ada renting a house at 323 Reed St., which was likely the studio address.


Nearby at 317½ Reed St.is another photographer named Will Reese. born March 1870 in KY of KY parents. He married Laura O. in about 1898 and they have a daughter who was born in 1809 in Missouri.

Categories: Bios of Early Photographers, Missouri

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7 Comments

Reply Andrew Miller
6:38 AM on December 25, 2013 
Andrew Miller Photography - Relive those special moments and cherish them over time. Andrew Miller offers photography of brides and grooms and establishes a relationship of trust, ensuring best results everytime. Get in touch with the number 1 wedding photographer across south wales and the UK.
Reply Dorota Azzopardi
12:32 PM on August 25, 2013 
At a local estate sale I found a watercolour signed by W. French, with a seal on the frame stating: Chas A. Miller Photographer, Picture Frames KODAKS and Supplies Halloram Theatre at 418 1/2 Reed St.
I would love to find out more about the photographer/frame shop owner and the painter, if anyone has information, please let me know
Reply Barbara R. Langdon
9:13 PM on December 20, 2012 
Kimberly,

CORRECTION. Forget what I wrote. It seems that there is only ONE Charles Andrew Miller and that he was married several times and that he likely is the photographer who took your parents' photo. Charles Andrew Miller was born in 1878 and died in 1957 in Moberly, MO.

B. Langdon
Reply Barbara R. Langdon
8:12 PM on December 20, 2012 
Correction: CHARLES ANDREW MILLER
Reply Barbara R. Langdon
8:10 PM on December 20, 2012 
Hello. I was able to locate more information about the Miller Studio in Moberly, MO:

There is no City Directory for 1955 yet, but the man who took the photo of your parents would have been Charles A. Miller, son of Charles Albert Miller (1873-died before 1948?) Same family and company.

Miller, Chas A (Anna M) 1 (Miller's Studio) h 509 1/2 W Reed , Moberly, MO (1848-1949) phone 3168W, City Directory

Miller's Studio & Camera Shop (C A Miller) photogs 509 W Reed phone 374, Moberly, MO (1948-1949) City Directory

Miller, Ada (widow Chas) (Ada's Beauty Shop) r 718 W. Reed phone 1918, Moberly, MO (1951) City Directory

Miller, Chas A. (Anna M.) (Miller's Studio) h 509 1/2 W Reed phone 2504W, Moberly, MO (1951) City Directory

Miller's Studio (C A Miller) 509 W Reed phone 374 Moberly, MO (1951) City Directory

Miller, Ada S. Mrs. (Ada's Beauty Shop) r 718 W Reed phone 1918, Moberly, MO (1953) City Directory

Miller, Chas A (Anne Mae S) (Miller's Studio) h 509 1/2 W Reed phone 2504W, Moberly, MO (1953) City Directory

Miller's Studio (C A Miller) photogs 509 W Reed phone 374 Moberly, MO (1953) City Directory

Hope this is in some way helpful. You must be preparing a Christmas/holiday genealogy surprise!

Have a blessed holiday,

Barbara R. Langdon

Langdonroad@gmail.com
Reply Barbara R. Langdon
8:01 PM on December 20, 2012 
Kimberly, I responded to your message through the system, but please send me your email so I may send it directly to you.



Kimberly Poling says...
I am the daughter of Dallas Thurber and Marian Brand Thurber. They had their wedding photo done at your studio in 1955. Voila and Vernon Brand had the pictures made.There is a raised stamp in the corner that says Miller Studio, Moberly, MO. Can you tell me if the studio is still in operation? I would like to know so I can make copies of the picture. Please reply back so I can get it done by Christmas. T THANK YOU, Kimberly Poling
Reply Kimberly Poling
2:52 PM on December 18, 2012 
I am the daughter of Dallas Thurber and Marian Brand Thurber. They had their wedding photo done at your studio in 1955. Voila and Vernon Brand had the pictures made.There is a raised stamp in the corner that says Miller Studio, Moberly, MO. Can you tell me if the studio is still in operation? I would like to know so I can make copies of the picture. Please reply back so I can get it done by Christmas. T THANK YOU, Kimberly Poling