F. STAINS, or rather Frank H. Stains, which is the name he was born
with and was using when he passed away was born
in Pennsylvania in September of 1863 to Henry T. Stains and his wife,
the former Hannah Jenkins Stevens. His father was a marble cutter,his
mother was a minister's daughter. A photographer by trade, Frank Stains
as a resident of Camden as he was the owner of the Harry F. Staines
2220-2222 Federal Street, which and sold
colored glass slides called
Slides in the late 1900s and early 1910s. The projectors that were
used to show them were made by the Levi Company, Inc, 1560 Broadway,
Frank H. Stains grew up in Three Springs Borough, in
Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. Four sisters were born before he
was, Alpharetta, Mary, Janetta, and Irene. They all apparently
were born before 1860.
Stains, served during the Civil War
with as a Corporal in Company B, 110th Pennsylvania Infantry, enlisting
in 1861. After completeing his term of service he went home, only to
re-enlist as a private in Company K, 202nd Pennsylvania Infantry in
September of 1864. He mustered out with his regiment at
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania after the war had ended, then returned to his
wife and children.
The 1870 Census shows Frank
Stains living at
home with his parents, and sisters Alpharetta, 17; Mary, 9; and and a
younger sister, Alberta, 2. By 1880 Frank H. Stains was the only child
at home, there was a grandson living there, Herbert, age 7.
Sadly, Frank Stains mother
Hannah passed away on October 7, 1881,
She was buried
in Three Springs. Henry T. Stains, who had served during the Civil War
with Company B, 110th Pennsylvania Infantry, died on March 9, 1897 and
was buried in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
By 1885 Frank Stains had trained as a photographer and had
Philadelphia. In 1885 ge advertised in the "Situations Wanted" section
of the Philadelphia Photographer. His ad read as follows:
In or near
printer or operator. Address Frank H. Stains, 3538 Wharton Street,
By the mid 1890s he was
business as Harry F. Stains. He
appears to have been pretty active socially and
business-wise in the 1890s-1900s before coming over to Camden. In 1896
he was the "Noble Grand" of Quaker City Lodge 208, Odd Fellows, at
Washington Streets in South Philadelphia. He married before the summer
of 1896. His wife Annie B. bore at least one child, a son, Cameron F.
Staines, on November 1, 1896.
The 1900 Census shows him as Henry F. Staines, living apart from his
wife and son, at 713 North 41st Street in Philadelphia.
He remarried after the 1900 Census and not long afterwards moved to
a new wife and his son Cameron. As Harry F. Stains, he appears in
Camden City Directories beginning in 1903.
The 1903 directory shows him and his wife Reva A. Stains at 59 South
24th Street. They stayed their through 1905. The 1904 Directory shows
"Harry F. Stains Co photographers (Cameron F., Harry F., &
R.A.)". As Cameron was only 7, one wonders if this was a joke on Harry
Stains part or if there was an adult Cameron F. Stains. Research
indicates the former.
The City Directories from 1907 through 1910 list Harry F. Stains at 45 South
24th Street with his wife,
Reva A. Stains. The 1910 Census also has him at 45 South
with wife Reva A. and son Cameron, aged 13. Directories from 1910 to
1914 show him at 2220-22 Federal Street with wife, Reva A. Stains.
During these years in Camden he became active with the Camden Lodge of
Elks. In 1912 he was elected "Inner Guard" of the lodge.
Things seemed to have gone badly between Harry Stains and his wife.
Directories from 1915 through 1917 do not list him at all. Reva and
however are both listed back at 45 South
Harry Stains reappears in Camden City Directories in the 1918-1919
edition, at 515 Federal Street. The 1920 Census, taken in January of
the year, also shows him at 515 Federal Street. The Census says he was
married, his wife, however was not living at that address. Reva Stains
(spelled Reba in this
Census) was renting at 2220 Federal Street.
Harry Stains did remarry, possibly after the Census. The 1921 and 1922
City Directories show him
at 422 Main Street, with his wife, Gertrude, who was born Ellen
Gertrude Ramsey in Altoona, Pennsylvania. They appear once more in
Camden directories, in 1926, at 1257 Morton Street.
By 1929, once again as Frank H. Stains, he had left Camden. The 1929
City Directory for Burlington, New Jersey show him as being
retired and living at the Masonic nursing home in Burlington Township.
His wife, Ellen Gertrude
Stains, by this time was very ill, with tuberculosis and a bad heart,
had gone to live with her family in Altoona. She died in October of
1929. The 1930 Census, taken in April of that year, shows Frank Stains
still at Masonic Nursing Home in Burlington Township. It is
probably a safe assumption that he died there during the 1930s.
Son Cameron Staines married and lived in East Camden into the 1920s. He
Atlantic County in 1980.