Tag Archives: Freemont Ohio

M. W. Fitch

1855-1860       Address Unknown, Freemont, Ohio.[1]                                                                      1856-1859       Rooms in Nims’ Block, Fremont, Ohio.                                                                                  1859                   Rooms Over the Bank of Fremont, corner of Front and Croghan Streets,                                         Fremont, Ohio.

M. W. Fitch was recorded in three announcements and two advertisements. The first announcement appeared on October 24, 1856 in the Fremont Journal (Fremont, Ohio). Ambrotypes and Painting.  Mr. A. D. Wiles, has sold his stock, fixtures, &c. in the ambrotype business, and removed from the place.  His successor, Mr. Fitch, will continue to occupy the same rooms.  Mr. F., is also a very fine painter; and those of our citizens who wish can have the opportunity of sitting for their portraits.  Call at his rooms.

The first advertisement ran from October 31, 1856 to March 11, 1859 in the Fremont Journal.  (Fremont, Ohio).  Fitch’s Gallery of Art.  Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes and Photographs taken in superior style.  Also, Portraits painted Life Size, either from the sitter, or from Daguerreotypes, and satisfaction warranted in all cases.

I have lately purchased the stock, fixtures, &c., belonging to the A. D. Wiles’ room, in Nims’ block, and shall continue the business at the same place, where I shall be happy to attend to those who favor me with a call.  Instruction given in Ambrotyping, also in Portrait and landscape painting.  M. W. Fitch.  Fremont. Oct. 31, 1856.

The second announcement appeared on October 8, 1858 in the Fremont Journal (Fremont, Ohio).  Sandusky County Fair.  This annual exhibition which came off on the Agricultural Society’s grounds in Fremont…Painting, Printing, &c., No. 31.

5.  Ambrotypes…M. W. Fitch.                                                                                                                                6.  Oil Painting….M. W. Fitch.

The announcement appeared on October 15, 1858 in the Fremont Journal (Fremont, Ohio).  Sandusky County Fair, 1858.  Premiums Awarded…No. 31—Painting and Printing….

M. W. Fitch, Ambrotypes…Diploma.                                                                                                              M. W. Fitch, Oil Painting….Diploma.

The second advertisement ran from March 18 to December 30, 1859.  In the Fremont Journal (Fremont, Ohio).  Ambrotypes.    M. W. Fitch, takes pleasure in saying to his numerous patrons and friends, that he is still Making Pictures in the Best Style, and on as reasonable terms as any artist in town.  He has Lately added a large Camera, to his apparatus capable of taking ambrotypes direct from the sitter.  Oil paintings made from daguerreotypes or from life and warranted satisfactory.  Instructions given in the business. Rooms—Over the Bank of Fremont, corner of Front and Croghan Streets.  M. W. Fitch.   Fremont, March 18, 1859.

M. W. Fitch was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Fremont, Ohio for 1859-1860.

[1] Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 by Diane VanSkiver Gagel.

Messrs. Crobaugh

1850                Rooms at Franklin House, Fremont, Ohio.

Messrs. Crobaugh were recorded in two advertisements, the first advertisement ran from November 30 to December 28, in the Fremont Weekly Freeman (Fremont, Ohio).              Messrs. Crobaugh Would most respectively announce to the People of Fremont and vicinity, that they are prepared to execute Daguerreotypes, By the late Paris Process, entirely superior to any taken by the old Process.  It will be seen that these Pictures possess a strength not inferior to the most celebrated Oil Paintings, yet possessing all the beauties of light and shade that can be found in the finest lineal engravings.  These Pictures are also made indelible, by the Patent Gilding, which gives them that peculiar and beautiful tone, which is seen in no other.  In fact, their beauty is past description.  Persons must examine them, to be able to judge of their perfection.  The subscriber has also a variety of the richest Daguerrean Stock, Of their own selection.  Persons visiting this place, on business or pleasure, should not neglect this rare opportunity of obtaining for themselves and friends, these inestimable mementoes.

P. S. Messrs. C. are also prepared to give instructions to any who may wish to embark in this fascinating vocation, which meets the most favorable approbation and patronage from all possessed of cultivated taste and refinement. Inexperienced operators can receive instructions in the art of making different kinds of Accelerators, Patent Gilding and general improvements.—Also, Galvanic Batteries Furnished, with instructions. All of these are indispensably necessary to compete with artists possessing the above facilities.

Miniatures set in Pins, Rings, Ladies’ Bracelets; &c.  Also, Daguerreotypes and Oil paintings copied with accuracy.  The subscriber will remain in this place a few months only.  Their Rooms may be found at the Franklin House.

The second advertisement ran from November 30 to December 28, 1850 in the Fremont Weekly Freeman  (Fremont, Ohio).  Cotillion Parties.  Messrs. Crobaugh takes this method of notifying the citizens of Sandusky and adjoining counties, that they have located in Fremont for the coming winter, and are prepared to furnish Music to dancing parties on the most favorable terms. Fremont. Nov. 30, 1850. 

In looking at Craig’s Daguerreian Register and Ohio Photographers 1839-1900, three Crobaugh’s are recorded that fit the 1850’s.  Of the three Daniel and Samuel appear to be likely candidates for the above daguerreotypist.

Daniel Crobaugh active 1856-1860

1856                106 Superior Street, Cleveland, Ohio.                                                                              1857-1858     4 South Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio.                                                                    1859-1860     113 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

John Crobaugh active 1859-1860

1859-1860       Address Unknown, Willoughby, Ohio.

Samuel Crobaugh active 1852-1860+

1852-1853       6 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio.                                                                                  1855                  106 Superior Street, Cleveland, Ohio.                                                                                    1856                  4 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio.                                                                                1859-1860      28 Hoffman’s Block, Cleveland, Ohio.