Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Darms, Herman A.[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Male 1871 - 1946  (75 years)

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  • Name Darms, Herman A. 
    Born 22 Jun 1871  WI, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year 1902-1905  Dawson, YT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Home Address/Year 1902-1905  Dawson, YT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    river front
    north of St. Marty's Hospital
    Dawson, YT
    Died 11 Sep 1946  Yountville, Napa County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I268  Camera Workers | D, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 31 Jan 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Born of Swiss immigrant parents (Baldazar and Elizabeth [Trueb] Darms), Darms lived in Yountville (Napa County), CA, before moving to Dawson in 1898. He established himself as a printer under the name Darms Printing Company and worked at this business until at least 1902. His business address was Third St.

      Although how and where Darms learned to photograph is unknown, Elder and Grainger believe he apprenticed under a Dawson photographer. One possibility as an instructor is Lorenzo E. Robertson whose work Darms published in Oct 1903. Darms toured Yukon mining sites in the spring 1904 and an account of his trip was published in the Whitehorse Daily Evening Star.

      By 1905 Darms added a third career skill to his repertoire: photo-engraver. He published The Yukon Illustrated booklet that Jan which was intended to be issued on a weekly basis. According to Elder and Grainger (1989), several versions were published over the course of 1905. Darms again travelled that year: in Jul he went with the American Institute of Mining Engineers to several mining sites. On his own that same month he visited the N.A.T. & T. operations on Miller and Glacier Creeks.

      Following his return to his parents' home in Napa County, Darms took up farming and possibly continued for a while in photography. He apparently never married and was survived by a sister Mary Annie Frash, and two brothers, John and Henry Darms, all of Yountville. His death certificate, with information supplied by Mrs. Henry Darms, gives his occupation as coal miner. H.A. Darms was buried in Tulocay Cemetery, Napa, CA.

  • Sources 
    1. [S174] COLLECTION: YWA.
      (Panoramic creek scenes collection consisting of one album titled "1903 Panoramic Creek Scenes: Supplement to Dawson Mining District")

    2. [S705] COLLECTION: YDCM.

    3. [S167] COLLECTION: UAF.

    4. [S944] Darms (1905), Herman A. Darms, (Dawson, YT: H.A. Darms, 1905), NW 972.17 Y945.

    5. [S945] Napa Journal, 3, 20 Sep 1946.

    6. [S276] Elder and Grainger (1989), Ken L. Elder and John H. Grainger, (Ketchikan, AK: Tongass Publishing, 1989).

    7. [S358] Vitalsearch Company, California Deaths DB (Web site), Vitalsearch Company Worldewide, (Pleasanton, CA: Vitalsearch Company Worldewide, Inc.).
      "California Death Index, 1940-1997"; URL (accessed 31 Jan 2017):

    8. [S832] Find a Grave (Web site).
      URL (accessed 31 Jan 2017):