Sunday, June 27, 2010

Tintype of Middle-aged Man, First Name Possibly Arlise or Arliss, Moberly, Missouri

Tintype of a middle-aged man with some identification information on reverse.  The original handwriting looks like "Arlise" or "Arliss" or even "Artist" and "Moberly, Mo."  Someone has written a more contemporary interpretation of "Arlise, Moberly Mo."

I'm hoping that someone familiar with Missouri genealogy will recognize this fellow's name, which I assume is his first name, but I could be wrong.  And, again, the word could even be "artist".

Moberly, Missouri was founded in 1866 when the site was chosen for the junction of two railways, the Chariton and Randolph Railroad and the North Missouri Railroad.  When the Wabash Railroad Shops located there in 1873, the new town grew so explosively, it became known as the "Magic City".   This fellow may have been one of the men who poured into the new settlement of Moberly to work for the railroad.

If you have any insights into this tintype, I would welcome your comments.  Thanks for stopping by!

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