Fonds BCHS203 - John Austin Wheeler fonds

Foster Boy on Pony with Sen. Foster on Porch Foster Boy on Pony with Sen. Foster on Porch G.G. Foster and Children in Horse and Buggy Family Portrait Albert Knowlton and Family Cooey Family Group Mounted Regiment [?] Dramatic Group Portrait Portrait of Miss Jennie Ingalls "Je Maintiendrai" Emblem Portrait of J.W. Lefebvre Family Portrait of Joseph Tibbits and Family Portrait of the 'Men of Knowlton' Knowlton Football Team Portrait of M.H. Bedee's Sister Methodist Sunday School Picnic, of Cowansville, Leggat's Grove Portrait of Mr. Currier Portrait of Jessie M. Davis Portrait of Geo. Johnsons Family Portrait of George Robb and Family Portrait of Frank Belknap and Family Mrs. A.B. Foster's House and Family Portrait of Henry Miller's Family Group Portrait - Gengrass, Castonguay, Normandin and Richard Families Portrait of Joseph Laraba and Family Portrait of George Mooney's Daughters Mr. Arthur Heartwells Horse (glass broken in upper left corner) Horse Horse Horse
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John Austin Wheeler fonds

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529 photographs: glass negatives; 25.0 x 20.5 cm and smaller.

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John Austin Wheeler, son of Thomas W. Wheeler and Anna E. Duboyce, was one of the prominent Knowlton photographers of the period. Wheeler had his own studio in Knowlton and Cowansville from 1890 to 1912. He specialized in studio portraits and exterior sceneries and buildings. He married Edith Elizabeth Collins, daughter of Azro Collins and Mary Eliza Brimmer, and they had ten children, including Rhoda Julia, who married Harry Small Northrup. She was a volunteer for many years and the first woman president of the Board at the Brome County Historical Society.

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The fonds consists of glass negative photographs relating to the professional life of John Austin Wheeler. They feature portraits of some of the prominent families of Knowlton, Sweetsburg and Cowansville, along with images of buildings and sceneries of the Brome and Missisquoi regions. Two additional donations were added to the fonds in 2021 and 2023, the last one consisting of mostly personal and family portraits and impressive views of Knowlton.

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Some of the glass negatives are broken and stained.

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Acc. numbers: A2021-03 and A2023-07.
Donor: Barbara Northrup, grand-daughter of John Austin Wheeler.


The two additions of 2021 and 2023 are not yet classified and digitized.

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Creation: April 2016.
Revisions: August 2022 and February 2024.

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  • French

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