Portrait Photographer Clarence ‘Edward’ Grove of Uhrichsville, Ohio

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Minerd.com Photo of the Month for February 2017 – Continuing in our occasional series featuring photographers in the family — Clarence “Edward” Grove (1877-1949), who married Sarah Margaret Ferrell (1877-1939) of the family of John William and Catherine (Gillespie) Miner — was a professional photographer who operated his own studio in Uhrichsville, Ohio in the late 1910s. It’s not known how much longer the business remained open.

An example of his work is seen here, showing a subject named William on his first day of school. The embossed stamp reading “GROVE, UHRICHSVILLE, O.” appears centered at the bottom, but not perfectly horizontally aligned. On the back is a handwritten note by “Laura” (presumably the boy’s mother), addressed to Mrs. Karl Bratschi of R.F.D. #2, Alliance, OH, and postmarked Sept. 30, 1918.

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The couple dwelled in Dutchtown, Mill Township, Tuscarawas County and were members of the Methodist Church. The Groves produced three daughters — Hazel Ellwood, Flora Belle Fowler and Lulu Marie Grove. The family endured heartbreak with the death of three-year-old daughter Lula from acute meningitis on Oct. 31, 1909. Later, they lived in Big Bend, OH.

After contracting cancer of the left breast, Sarah endured the illness for three years and passed away at the age of 61 on Aug. 13, 1939. Burial was in Union Cemetery, following a funeral sermon by Rev. J. Lloyd McQueen. An obituary was printed in the New Philadelphia Daily Times.

Edward outlived his wife by 10 years. Burdened with senile psychosis, he was admitted to Massillon State Hospital in Stark County, where he remained for the 22 months of his life. He suffered a stroke and succumbed on Aug. 30, 1949 at the age of 72. Rev. L.L. Kollar officiated at the funeral and burial in Union Cemetery. An obituary in the Daily Times said that his survivors included five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Other cousin-photographers whose work has been featured as a Minerd.com “Photo of the Month” have included Ward C. Miner of Louisville, CO (November 2005), Harold S. Fawcett of Grafton, WV (September 2006), Charles Henry Rose of Normalville, PA (November 2006) and Harry G. Bowman of Hartford City, IN (April 2012).

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