Friday, March 20, 2015

Photo Number 1855

This is a Cabinet Card from Craig’s Collection.

Emma Backus Craigs

Erler was the Photographer at the Sunbeam Gallery 1216 S. Adams Street Peoria, ILL. I found out that he was at the Sunbeam Gallery from 1883 to 1898.

Emma Backus Craigs back


Emma Backus Craigs back

Emma Backus

I will guess that Emma is 20  years old give or take a few years and that this photo was taken about 1890.

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  1. This is a tough one. There is a directory entry in the 1921 Peoria city directory that shows an Emma Backus working as an employee of Bourke's Laundry, 5711 S Adams Street. An Irvin Backus lived at the same address working as a "wrapper" for the same laundry. I can find no other information about these two, nor am I "certain" that this is the "right" Emma (although their street address is really close to the photo studio).

  2. I think I found her.

    Anna E[mma] MacLean Backus (Dec. 2, 1886 in Peoria, Illinois - Nov. 21, 1975 in Madison, WI) the wife of Irvin.

    She is Find A Grave Memorial# 86365486.

    1. I am not certain that this is her. From the dates of the photographer and the age of the gal in the photo. I think we are looking for someone born about 1870 or before.


Hi, Thanks for the comments, your input on these old photos is appreciated! English only please! All comments will be moderated! Connie