KIRKSVILLE PHOTOS, 1897
Musdp Collection K2
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The Violette Museum Documents & Photographs Collection (Musdp) includes two
albums of late
19th century Kirksville photographs.
One contains pictures taken in the spring of 1893. This one has 28
5x8” black & white pictures mounted on 6½ x 9½” cardboard pages that appear to
have been taken in 1897.
Using Kirksville city directories, local histories, articles in newspapers, and
a perpetual calendar, we have been able to identify a building dedication, an
ice storm, a clearance sale and a parade, all of which occurred in early 1897.
Other shots seem to have been taken later that summer and fall.
We have no information as to the origins of the album, its photographer or
donor, but various unidentified people, whom we collectively call the
“Mysterious Someone”, have apparently tried to identify the subjects of the
pictures both before and after the album was given to the Museum.
Bits of information have been written by different hands on the borders
and while some of it has proven to be on target, some has been a bit misleading.
We have yet to indentify all the
but we are making progress. Viewers who
have information regarding positive IDs of people or places that we have labeled
as “unidentified” or “believed to be” are invited to
contact us. We welcome your help.
Used to Identify & Date the Photos in this Album
|Directory and Commercial
Register of the City of Kirksville, 1892.
Kirksville City Directory Company, 
|Federal Census for the City
of Kirksville, Benton Twp, Adair County, MO,
1900. FamilySearch Records Database.
|The Kirksville Daily
Express, various issues, 1920s-40s.
|The Kirksville Journal,
various issues, 1892-97.
Bicentennial Committee. A Book of
Adair County History. Kirksville:
Simpson Printing Company, 1976.
|Ryle, Walter H.
Centennial History of the First Baptist Church.
Kirksville: Simpson Publishing Company, 1968.
Kirksville Presbyterians. Kirksville:
First United Presbyterian Church, 1971.
|Towne, Ruth Warner.
From These Beginnings: A History of First
United Methodist Church, Kirksville, Missouri.
Printing Company, 1984.
History of Adair County. Kirksville:
The Denslow History Company, 1911.
|Wallin's Kirksville City
Directory for 1899-1900. Kirksville:
Wallin Directory Co., 1900.
|The Weekly Graphic,
various issues, 1893-97.