Gean P. Houston / Shrader [photographer]

Shrader (Firm : Little Rock, Ark.)


1 negative : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm. (7 x 5 in.)..
Gean P. (Geanie Philander) Houston was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Cleburne County. This photograph was taken in 1935 for the composite photograph of the Fiftieth General Assembly, 1935.
Joseph Shrader (1870-1946) was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States in 1892. In 1910 he moved to Little Rock, where he opened a photograph studio. He was joined in the business by his wife, Bertha Frank Shrader, and later by his son, Buddy. After a fire in 1933 destroyed all their images up to that time, Shrader reopened in a new location. In addition to photographing Arkansans from all walks of life, Shrader was for many years the official photographer for the Arkansas General Assembly, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School, the University of Arkansas Medical School, Little Rock Junior College, Catholic High School, Mount Saint Mary's Academy, and some public schools in Little Rock. When Buddy Shrader retired in 1965, he sold the business to Ed Butcher, who later donated the images from 1934 to 1979 to the Arkansas History Commission.
Also available via the Internet at the Arkansas History Commission site.
Part of the Arkansas History Commission's Stage One Digitization project funded by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.

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