Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Larss, Per Edward[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1863 - 1941  (78 years)


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  • Name Larss, Per Edward 
    • VARIANT: Larson, Per Edward (real name); Sarss, P. E.
    Born 25 Mar 1863  Tjarby, Halland County, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1883-1889  Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1891  Washington; Oregon; California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Itinerant 
    Business Address/Year 1895  Nanaimo, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Commercial St.
    Nanaimo, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1895  Nanaimo, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Church St.
    Nanaimo, BC
    Canada 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1892-1896  Nanaimo, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1898  Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1898-1904  Alaska Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1904-1908  Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 22 Sep 1941  Los Angeles County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Association Larss and Pierce (Relationship: Partner) 
    Association Adams and Pierce (Relationship: Employee) 
    Association Larss and Duclos (Relationship: Partner) 
    Association Hegg and Larss (Relationship: Partner) 
    Association Hegg and Company (Relationship: Employee; Manager) 
    Person ID I725  Camera Workers | L, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Claes Jacobson, a Swedish photohistorian, kindly supplied the following chronological summary of Larss/Larson's photographic career. He lived and worked in Minnesota (1883-1889) as a photographer, then moved to Denver where he worked as a mechanic for the Denver City Railway Company (1890). An itinerant period during the next year took Larss to three states in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon and California). In 1892 he moved to Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, where he was a partner with W.C. Pierce as Larss and Pierce. The studio was closed in 1896 and Larss returned to Denver where he remained until 1898. He moved to Washington where he worked for Adams and Pierce and for a brother of E.A. Hegg in New Whatcom (Bellingham).

      On 20 Mar 1898 Larss then sailed on the Utopia to Skagway, AK, where he worked with E.A. Hegg and his brother Pete L. Hegg as Hegg and Larss (1898-1899). 1 On Apr 1899 Larss formed a new partnership with J.E.N. Duclos as Larss and Duclos which lasted until 1904.

      Larss was also active in mining and prospecting. He was married in 1904, the year he left Alaska; he and his Swedish wife moved to Nevada in 1905 where Larss continued as a photographer and ran a stationery shop. He worked under the name of P.E. Larson during this time.

      He retired from photography in 1908 and moved to Oregon where he ran a hotel. In 1920 he settled in San Pedro, California, and remained in the state until his death. His death is recorded in the California Deaths Database under the name Per Edward Larson

  • Sources 
    1. [S358] Vitalsearch Company, California Deaths DB (Web site), Vitalsearch Company Worldewide, (Pleasanton, CA: Vitalsearch Company Worldewide, Inc.).
      1940-2000, Death Index Summary

    2. [S34] WIL95, (Victoria, B.C.: Williams' B.C. Directory Co., 1895).

    3. [S692] Correspondence, David Mattison.
      Letter, Claes Jacobson to Mattison, 28 Nov 1984.

    4. [S190] Bailey (1998), Bailey, Ronald T., (Athens: Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 1998).