I am not sure how I acquired this photo nor do I know who the gentleman in the photo is. There is nothing written on the back of the photo to identify him. I do not know when the photo was taken either. Basically, I don’t know a whole lot about this photo.
However, there is something very interesting about this photograph–its inscription. The lower right corner of the cardboard frame is inscribed, “Morrison, Chattanooga, O”. Evidently Chattanooga had a photography business at one time.
There have been many businesses in Chattanooga over the years. In a blog a few months ago I listed the Chattanooga businesses that were included in the 1916 Mercer County, Ohio, Farm Journal Directory. Morrison Photography was not among them.
I searched through a number of other Mercer County sources that listed businesses in Chattanooga: the 1882, 1907, and 1978 Mercer County Histories; the 1888 and 1900 Mercer County Combined Atlases; and the Liberty Township Passport, by Joyce Alig of the Mercer County Historical Society, 2008. This little booklet gives quite a long list of businesses that were in Chatt over the years. Morrison Photography was not listed in any of these sources.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s there were several Morrison families living within 2-3 miles of Chattanooga, in Black Creek Township. Chatt is in northern Liberty Township and the Liberty-Black Creek Township line is on the north end of the village.
I also looked through census enumerations for the years 1900-1920 in Mercer County. The Morrisons were farmers then. There were no photographers listed among them.
The Morrison photographer could have been from Adams County, Indiana, since Chattanooga is only a mile from the state line.
I would appreciate hearing from anyone that can identify the gentleman in this photo or from anyone that has information about Morrison Photography in Chattanooga, Ohio.