Sons of Alexander and Francis (Henry) Wilson, 1870s-1880s

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A formal photograph of four of the five sons of Alexander and Francis (Henry) Wilson. Three of the sons are clearly older; two stand on either end of a bench, while the other sits. They all wear suits and fur caps, with longneck rifles in hand. The fourth son, a young boy, sits left to his older brother. He also wears a fur cap, though his is lighter in color, and a long sleeve jacket with what appears to be a fur collar. His hands rest on a dog who stands in front of the bench. A backdrop of a painted forest is drawn up behind the young men, while a rug is bunched up at their feet. This portrait was taken at the Elite Studio on 22 Clinton Street in Iowa City, Iowa.

Alexander and Frances (Henry) Wilson lived north of Coralville and had eleven children, five of which were sons: Frank (1861-1923), James A. (1863-1944), Charles W. (1866-1945), John E. (1874-1949), and Joseph H. (1880-1971.) It is unknown which of the five brothers are pictured here.

While Joseph eventually moved to Iowa City with his wife Sophia Winter to work as a letter carrier, his brothers stayed in Coralville where they mostly worked as day laborers. Charles kept shop at Koser's Store, and John fought in the Spanish-American War (Lovetinsky et al., p. 129).

Creator

Elite Studio

Publisher

Coralville Public Library. Coralville Digital History Library.

Date

1870s-1880s

Rights

Educational use only, no other permissions given.

Format

jpeg

Language

English

Coverage

Iowa City, Iowa

Files

98.34.7.jpg

Citation

Elite Studio, “Sons of Alexander and Francis (Henry) Wilson, 1870s-1880s,” Coralville Digital History Library, accessed September 18, 2021, https://coralvilledigitalhistory.omeka.net/items/show/179.

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