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Charles Gasche, photographer, of Wooster, Ohio

Posted by LangdonRoad on March 20, 2011 at 12:53 PM


Emma Shafer cdv by Charles Gasche of Wooster, OH ca. 1880


Authentic Victorian Era carte de visite portrait of a young lady identified in pencil as Emma Shafer. She posed at the studio of Charles Gasche, Photographer, Wooster, Ohio. According to the 1880 Federal Census for Wooster, Wayne Co., OH, Charles Gasche, artist, lived at 278 North Buckeye St. in Wooster.


Emma Shafer's dark hair falls in long curls. Her frock has shirred accents on the cuffs and she is wearing long dangle pierced earrings. Also there was an Emma Shaffer living on Buckeye Street in 1880. Listed on the same 1880 U.S. Census at 326 Buckeye St. in Wooster was a 13 year old school girl named Emma Shaffer; living with her father George Shaffer and family.


The 2 1/4 by 3 5/8 inch albumen is mounted on a heavy cream card with rounded corners and a gold pinstripe around the image. Overall it is 2 1/4 by 4 1/8 inches and the artist’s mark is printed on the pale yellow back.


In order to better estimate the date this cdv was taken, I searched for information about the photographer. Charles Gasche, artist, listed on the 1880 Federal Census for Ohio in the City of Wooster, was living at 278 North Buckeye Street with his wife Mary and two children, Paul G.  Gasche and Edmund Gasche. Charles Gasche was born about 1847 in Ohio of German parents who had emigrated from Prussia. Living nearby at No. 282 North Buckeye St. is Christian Gasche born about 1825 in Prussia. This it seems may have been Charles Gasche's mother.

And living several doors away at 275 North Buckeye St. is William H. Harvy, a photographer, with a wife Alice and daughter Jennie. Although I have no other information at this time about William H. Harvy, might they ever been in partnership as photographers? Could Charles Gasche have been working as a photocolorist?

There was no one that resembled Charles Gasche on the 1900 Census in Wooster or elsewhere. I then found a record of death for a Charles Gasche:

There is an Ohio Obituary Index 1830s-2009 at the Rutherfordf B. Hayes Presidential Center. My reference was found on

Name:  Charles Gasche, born 1847, died 3 July 1886 at the age of 39, in Wayne County, OH. Source: Newspaper: Wayne County Democrat; Wooster Weekly Republican, Wooster, Ohio, issue of Jul 1886, p. 3, col. 0.  Newspaper Repository at Wayne County Public Library (Wooster). See also: Wayne County Grave Registration Cards by Bonnie Knox, Wayne County Public Library. Other notes: Civil War, Army, Co B, 186th OH vol.inf; Wooster Cemetery, Wooster, Ohio.

There is  a service record for Charles Gasche referred to in the Ohio Obituary Index. He served in Co. B of the 186 Ohio Infantry. He first received a pension as an invalid (disabled) in May 1881, and then his widow Mary petitioned again and received his pension as his widow in 1886. Although the several service records listed may be for more than one Charles Gasche, his name is to be found in U.S. Civil War Soldiers,1861-1865. Also  American Civil War Soldiers.

On the 1870 Census, Charles Gasche, born about 1847 in OH, a fresco painter by profession, appears twice, once listed as a single man living in the home with Gottlieb Gasche, a wealthy butcher, born about 1818 in Prussia and Christena Gasche born about 1825 in Prussia, living in the second ward. In the second listing he is boarding in the first ward with a family named Stark: Charles Gosche,  Fresco Painter, born about 1846 in OH. A woman Mary Gasche aged 23 is living next door.

On the 1860 Federal Census, Charles Gashey is aged 13 and living with his family in Wooster, Wayne County, OH. His father is G. Gashey 46, his mother is Christian Gashay 35 and he has two brothers Augustus G. 15 and William G. 10. There is an older Cath Nold aged 65 living with them.

And in 1850 Federal Census in Wooster, Wayne Co., Charles Gashey is 4 and with his family Gotleib Gashey 34, Christiann Gashey 25, August Gashey 5, Charles Gashey 4 and  William Gashey 0.

Souces: US Federal Censuses; Ohio Obituary Index 1830's-2009 at the Rutherfordf B. Hayes Presidential Center. All accessed on


Categories: Bios of Early Photographers, Cartes de Visite, Ohio

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