Sam Hirst Obituary
Sam Hirst, Pioneer Kansas Photographer, Dead At 92
Sam Hirst, 402 East B, a Hutchinson photographer fro 70 years, died at Grace Hospital Saturday night after a long illness. He was 92.
Mr. Hirst became a professional photographer when he was 18 and was active in that field until a few years ago.
His first studio was at 23 North Main. Mr. Hirsts father, George, earlier had opened the first studio in this area but quit the business to farm near Partridge. A daughter, Lilah, continued the business for several years.
Mr. Hirst was born Oct. 1, 1864 at Darlington, Wisc. The family moved here in 1872 and Mr. Hirst rode the first Santa Fe engine over the new track between Newton and Hutchinson.
When his health failed two years ago, Mr. Hirst moved to Wichita to live with a daughter. He had been hospitalized here since June.
Surviving are the one daughter Mrs. Lilah Whitney, Wichita; one brother Will, 410 East B; 2 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Johnsons Chapel. Rev. James W. McKnight will officiate. Burial will be in Eastside Cemetery.
(photo of Sam Hirst)
Hutchinson News Herald
Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas
Sunday, November 4, 1956
page 3 *** column 7 & 8