Wealth and the Ideal Man: An Epistle from Ira Sayles to EB Hall, 1885

Ira Sayles, assistant geologist with United States Geological Survey. Photograph taken about 1885 at age 68. Ira Sayles. Had I nothing but historical documents, I would have but a simplistic notion of who my great-great-grandfather was.  A self-taught student who rose to be a college student, teacher and founding school administrator of Alfred Academy; Principal of … Continue reading Wealth and the Ideal Man: An Epistle from Ira Sayles to EB Hall, 1885

On Court Avenue

The cabinet card is not quite as sturdy as one would expect from an established photographer like Benjamin E. Goldsberry, and his studio logo was stamped in haste across the bottom, leaving the green-inked words crookedly confirming the man's location--Court Avenue in Bedford,┬áthe county seat of Taylor County, Iowa. Ben Goldsberry operated cameras like an … Continue reading On Court Avenue