Winfield, Kansas: D. Rodocker, circa 1890. Card. All four photographs are mounted on cabinet cards reading “D. Rodocker, Winfield, Kansas.” Subjects in three of the four photographs are identified within the print. All have some soiling; one has a horizontal crease.
One of the cards shows Louis Fenno, the greatest Ute artist, and his wife. It is titled “Fenno and Squaw Ute”. Fenno was killed in 1903 by a white clerk during a gunfight at a trading post near Myton, Utah. (See “Passing of Myton's Old Log Indian Trading Post and First Building” in the Duchesne Record, 1 September 1911, available online at Utah Digital Newspapers.) There is a cursive note in pencil on the reverse that reads, “An Indian man & wife of the Ute tribe.”
A second card shows Dinero Boy and his wife. It is titled, both within the image and in ink, “Dinero Boy apache”. As part of a Mescalero Apache raiding party, Dinero Boy and his brother Chevato kidnapped young Herman Lehmann in one of the most famous incidents of white children being captured by Native Americans. This photo shows Dinero Boy later in life, possibly while serving as a member of the tribal police although he wears no badge. (See Chebahta and Minor’s Chevato: The Story of the Apache Warrior who Captured Herman Lehman.) There is a cursive note in pencil on the reverse that reads, “These are members of the Apache tribe.”
A third card shows Sitting Bull posed in a studio setting. It is titled “Sitting Bull”. Rodocker appears have ‘borrowed’ this impressive image of the famous Hunkpapa Sioux chief from Wisconsin photographer, D. F. Barry, who has been credited in several auction listings as having taken the picture while at Bismarck during the 1880s. However, it is also possible that Rodocker originally made this photograph, and it was later ‘borrowed’ by Barry as David Rodocker first opened his studio in Winfield, Kansas in 1871 and later periodically traveled throughout the west taking photos until 1894. The image is somewhat over-exposed.
The fourth image is of two unidentified American Indian girls.. Good to Very Good. Item #009658
For more information about David Rodocker, see “D. Rodocker: Photographer, Winfield” at Historical Resources from Mary Ann and Richard Kay Wortman on the History of Cowley County, Kansas, available online.