Glass Plate Negatives see Light of Day
Glass plate negatives residing in the Oswego Public Library collection for the past 70 years have finally been printed through the digitization efforts of Director Carol Ferlito with help from a NNYLN (Northern New York Library Network) grant. Research by Librarian Edward Elsner has shown the photographer to be Ella Wheeler of 138 W. 4th Street and later boarding at 22 W. Oneida Street after her husband Fred passed away in 1904. They had been married January 29, 1880 and had their first child in December of that year, Mabel Estelle Wheeler. Walter and Pauline soon followed in 1883 and 1885. The photographs were all taken between 1900 and 1910 when Ella and her eldest daugther moved to San Francisco.
The 1897-1898 Boyd's Oswego City Directory shows Fred D. Wheeler as City Clerk and has an ad for his Fire Insurance business in the Second National Bank Buildling at East First and Bridge Streets. He also dealt in the coal business and was at one time and alderman for the Third Ward. The 1910 Oswego City Directory published by Sampson & Murdock says she "moved from city." She passed in 1940 according to their tombstone in Riverside Cemetery and is buried with her sister Elma, husband Fred, and daughter Pauline who died when she was 12.