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Early 1880s
1890 Directory
1904 Advertisers
1920 Businesses
 Main St. 1923-1928
Beery Orchard
Blackmore Cigars
Cabinet Makers
Canning Factory

Cigar Factories
DeWitt Auto

DeWitt Building
Drug Stores
Excelsior Factory
Farm Implement
Flour Mill
Furniture Making
Grandstaff Rendering
Grove's Grocery
Hayes Motors
Heckman Bindery
Hotel Sheller
Howe Bait
Leedy Motor Co.
Louie's Candy

Mfg Industries
N.M. Airport
N.M. Foundry
Oppenheim-125 Yrs
Peabody Retirement
Peabody Seating
Planing Mill
Rex Windmill
Stickley Furniture
Telephone Cos.
Wagon Makers
Warner Brooder

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Source: NMHS Newsletter May 1995

Early Photography in North Manchester

by Dr. L. Z. Bunker

The Daguerreotype

Daguerreotypes ranged in size from less than an inch - meant to be inserted into lockets and pocket watches to the largest the author has seen which were five by six. The small ones had no cases. Groups were uncommon but one of the large ones I saw was of a family and its slave and the other a small school class of about a half dozen pupils. The average daguerreotype was two by three inches; some larger were three by four.
The metal sheet was enclosed in an imprinted gutta-percha box lined with red or orange velvet and fastened on one side with metal hinges and on the other with a brass hook and eye. I have never seen one with a makers name, patent mark or identification. It is almost impossible to date them. They continued to be made long after they were succeeded by ambrotypes and wet plates. But most genuine daguerreotypes date to the 1870's.

Early Photographers in North Manchester

C. E. Crill was an active photographer in this town in the first decade of the 1900's. He had a small studio on West Main Street. He was especially interested in panoramic views and was said to have climbed into trees, scaled the steeple of the Lutheran church and into third story attics to get photos of trains, circus parades and Decoration Day exercises or other town activities. The family was crushed by the death of a little daughter from a childhood disease. They believed she might have been saved by more advanced medical treatment in a metropolitan center and soon moved to Detroit. There Mr. Crill soon became a prominent industrial photographer.
We have one early (maybe l880's) print marked "g. Rice, photographer Mill St. N. Manchester, IN." No information has been found about this person and we don't know if he might have been Arthur Rice's father. He is not buried around here. Arthur Rice was a painstakingly careful workman. He spared no time or effort to get a good result. He must have had a way with children. The studio walls were covered with enchanting little faces as opposed to the stubborn and sulky faces in some studios. He took pictures of newlyweds, graduating classes, soldiers going to World War I and World War II, groups at Manchester College and anyone who wanted their features recorded in time.
Mr. Rice's "Big Four" passenger train crossing the Eel River bridge was the perennial souvenir postcard of the community for many years but he did not often do panoramic cards.
Lozier Rice followed his father's footsteps and turned out careful workmanlike pictures. His pictures included funeral pictures of corpses in coffins. I've never seen others do that here but it is very frequently done in the south. When he closed the studio he was succeeded by Jim Brown. He died in 1968.
We should give a kind thought to the solitary artists who worked to preserve the visages of our forebears. Perhaps others can add to this information.