Unidentified Flatonia Photos

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M. Cadwell, Flatonia

Moses Cadwell, the son of Elizabeth McNary and Daniel Cadwell, was born in Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois. He and his twin brother, Aaron, were babies when the family came to Texas in 1840. Cadwell family lore tells that the twins were kidnapped by Indians during their journey.

The twins both served in the Civil War. Aaron's back was broken and caused him suffering the remainder of his life. Moses fought in the last battle of the Civil War at Palmetto Ranch near present-day Brownsville. He married Cordelia Binkley on Nov. 06 1879. Their children were Joe McNary, Jasper Binkley, Aarie, and Fred B.

Aaron Cadwell appeared on the Fayette County tax rolls in 1871. He and Moses were partnered as A.W. & M. Cadwell or Cadwell Brothers from 1872 through 1876. Moses Cadwell worked as a photographer in Flatonia until at least 1899. He is listed in the 1900 Census as a farmer. His son, Fred B. Cadwell, born in 1880, also worked as a photographer.

Another Cadwell brother, Hugh, became a doctor in Flatonia and was a partner with his son-in-law, Gus Brunnemann, in the Brunnemann Drug Store.

Please contact Charles Sherman if you recognize the children in the photo below:
The two photos below are relatives of the Mehrens Family. Please Contact Jan Jackson if you can identify these:
The five photos below are friends or relatives of Edgar Hoffman family. Please contact Sharon Johnson if you can identify them:
The last photos are friends or relatives of the Gustav Mehner family. Contact Cheryl Cook Singleton if you can help her identify them:

Please, let me know if you have success in getting your photos identified!

Frank J. Schlueter

Another early Flatonia photographer was Frank J. Schlueter who began photography with his father and brother-in-law in Flatonia in 1891 as tent photographers making prints and postcards. In 1892 he alone moved to Quanah and established a studio.

Sources:
Cadwell family information provided by Kathryn Cooper.
Haynes, David. Catching Shadows, A Directory of 19th-Century Texas Photographers. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1993.


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