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Early Shelby Photographers and their Photographs
Andrew J. Gramly / Gramley (c. 1901 to 1902)

"A. J. Gramley" appears in the 1901 - 1902 Shelby directory in the Business Directory under "Photographers." along with Fred Smith. His location is listed as "upstairs Main and Gamble Streets". His name or any Gramley/Gramly name does not appear in the general listings, so it can be assumed that he didn't live in Shelby at that time. The Green & Best section clarifies Gramley's location in 1902. It states that " Green & Best . . . . . have purchased the photographic gallery of A. J. Gramly in the Brickley block... " Therefore Gramley's Shelby photo gallery era is limited to only about two years.
A. J. Gramly may be Andrew Jackson Gramly born in Centre County, Pa. in 1851. Andrew was a son of Joseph and Esther Schmeltzer Gramly. Andrew was married to Mary Jane Brungart on Dec. 24, 1872 in Centre County, Pa. By 1880 they were living in Webster Twp., Madison County, Iowa, where Andrew was a minister. In the 1900 Federal census, Andrew and Mary Jane and their 3 daughters were living in Canaan Twp., Wayne County, Ohio just north of Wooster.
The 1910 census finds them in Weller Twp., Richland County on a small farm north off of route 545 north of Crall Road. Andrew and Mary Jane Gramly were still living in Weller Twp. in 1920. Mary Jane died sometime after 1912 and by 1930 Andrew was living with their son Oliver Joseph Gramly. Andrew died in 1935, still residing in Weller Twp.
Andrew listed his occupation as "farmer" in the 1900 and 1910 censuses, however he may have used photography as a means to gather some extra income as others did during that time period. Since he had a Shelby studio only during 1901 and 1902, it could be assumed that perhaps he continued to work out of his home. As more photos are discovered, there may be a pattern to the subjects that he picks which would be another clue to his photography career.
Picture courtesy of the Phyllis Frazee
Andrew Frazee - July 1902
Picture courtesy of the Phyllis Frazee
Enlargement of the embossing
The first Gramly photograph has been submitted by Phyllis Frazee and the subject is Andrew Frazee.
Andrew was born September 28, 1867 in Cranberry Twp., Crawford County, Ohio. He was one of seven children of George and Caroline Goodyear Frazee. Andrew's G. Grandparents - John and Phebe Masters Frazee obtained a patent deed to their Richland County (now Crawford County) property in April 1824 . The Frazee family, Andrew's G. Grandparents and newly married Grandparents (John and Mary Dickson Frazee), arrived from Indiana County, Pennsylvania in 1827 to settle in what is now the Auburn Twp. area of Crawford County.
In June of 1898, Andrew and Matilda Temperance Wilt were married in Bucyrus, Ohio. Temperance Wilt was a daughter of James and Melvina Canable Wilt. Andrew and his new wife lived for a short time in Shelby on Mansfield Ave. but soon afterward they purchased a farm at Auburn Center, Crawford County, Ohio. Andrew's occupation was primarly farming, but he also was an Auburn Twp. Crawford County Trustee and served as Twp. Trustee Chairman for many years.
This picture was taken shortly before their son George Roland Frazee was born in May of 1903. Roland Frazee married Bertha Viola Hole in 1932 and their son Floyd Rowland Frazee married Phyllis Hughes who has kindly loaned the use of the above photograph.

Additional Gramly photographs would be much welcomed. Perhaps the subjects and dates of these as yet unknown photos would help solve the Gramly photographer puzzle.

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