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Oscar Grossheim
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Birth: Apr. 3, 1862
Muscatine County
Iowa, USA
Death: Nov., 1954
Muscatine County
Iowa, USA

Source of Obituary: "MUSCATINE JOURNAL", Muscatine, Iowa, (written in pencil; 4 Nov 54)
Funeral services for Oscar GROSSHEIM, 92, who died Tuesday at his home, 110 East Eighth street, will be conducted Friday at the Fairbanks chapel. ------------ Pioneer in Photo Profession, Dies --- Oscar GROSSHEIM, widely known Muscatine photographer, died Tuesday at his home, 110 East Eighth street. Mr. GROSSHEIM, who pioneered in the development of the portable camera and who for more than two thirds of a century was identified with the operation of photo studios on East Second street in Muscatine, was a life resident of this city. --- The son of Theodore and Bertha KIRSCHBEIN-GROSSHEIM, he was born April 3, 1862, in a home on Grant street near the present site of Lincoln school. He first married Annie McCART. After her death, he was united in marriage to Bertha S. OBERMAN of Muscatine, daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. K. F. OBERMAN. He was a member of the First Presbyterian church. ------ Prominent in Lodges--- Mr. GROSSHEIM also was a member of the Photographers' Assn. of America and had been a member of that organization for may years. The veteran retired photographer was affiliated with Wyoming lodge No. 76, Knights of Pythias, being a past Chancellor Commander of the local lodge. He also was affiliated with the DOKK of the Pythians, in which he also held an office. Another affiliation was with Muscatine lodge No. 304, BPO Elks. --- At one time, Mr. GROSSHEIM served as a member of the Muscatine school board and a number of years ago was identified with the Muscatine Civic society, one of the predecessors of the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. GROSSHEIM learned the process of photography as a boy and opened his first studio at 25.------------- Developed Hand Camera--- In connection with his membership in the Photographic Assn. of America, Mr. GROSSHEIM made the acquaintance of George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak Co. of Rochester, N.Y. When exhibited a model of a small portable camera, he learned that the Muscatine photographer had developed a similar camera some years before. Later, Eastman made a boat trip down the Mississippi river to confer with Mr. Eastman about his camera, spending two days in the city. Mr. GROSSHEIM later visited Mr. Eastman at Rochester. --- In his earlier years, Mr. GROSSHEIM ws a motor boat enthusiast and was one of the early commodores of the Muscatine Launch club. Among his other interests was the development of an orange grove in Florida. He owned this tract for 38 years and for many years spent a period in Florida each winter. He disposed of the grove in 1952. Recalled Indian Trail --- Mr. GROSSHEIM's memory went back to the days when Indians camped in this vicinity and throughout his life he maintained a strong interest in Indian lore. About two years ago he conducted a group of boy Scouts in a motor caravan over portions of an old Indian trail from Muscatine to Iowa City, drawing upon his boyhood recollections for its location. --- Surviving Mr. GROSSHEIM's death are two daughters, Mrs. L C. FLANNERY, Muscatine, and Mrs. Helen BRIDGWATER, Los Angeles, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents, wives, two brothers, a sister and a son in infancy.------------------------(written in ink; Nov 5 1954)--------- Rites for Oscar GROSSHEIM were conducted at this afternoon at the Fairbanks Home for Funerals. Dr. J. M. Kennedy, pastor fo the First Presbyterian church, officiated. Casket bearers were Albert Schwab, William Spieth, Herman Lord, James Devin, Sanford Schmalz and Wendell white. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.

Family links: 
  Theodore Grossheim (1832 - 1921)
  Bertha Kirschbein Grossheim (1827 - 1900)
  Bertha S. Obermann Grossheim (1864 - 1944)*
  Alexander Grossheim (1859 - 1936)*
  Oscar Grossheim (1862 - 1954)
*Calculated relationship
Greenwood Cemetery
Muscatine County
Iowa, USA
Created by: John Vincent "VINCE" Pow...
Record added: Nov 16, 2010
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Oscar Grossheim
Added by: John Vincent "VINCE" Powers
Oscar Grossheim
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Your photographs are masterpieces and have brought great comfort and historical understanding to the families of your subjects.
- SJayne
 Added: Aug. 21, 2011
Thank you Sir, for preserving so much American History! You were a great, and true American Artist! RIP
- John Vincent "VINCE" Powers
 Added: Nov. 16, 2010

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