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Fouch, John H., 1849-1933



  • Existence: 1849 - 1933


John H. Fouch (1849-1933) was a photographer of the Western United States. He took photos of George Armstron Custer’s Battlefield and made stereoviews of Yellowstone country.

John H. Fouch was born on July 9, 1849 in either Morgan county, or Kenton, Harden County Ohio. He was the youngest of six children, and his father deserted the family when he was eight months old. His mother eventually remarried. John Fouch was too young to fight in the civil war, but one of his brothers and biological father were killed.

By age 19, he lived in Minnesota by Lake Minnetonka, where he owned a photostudio. While there, he married Jane C. Tennis. However, she gave birth to a still born son, and died two days later. In 1883, Fouch married Celeste Read, and they had six children. One died in childbirth, but the rest are recorded in photographs taken by Fouch.

After the death of his first wife, Fouch moved to the Montana Territory at the Contonment Tongue River (For Keogh), where he owned a studio in 1877. He photographed Chief Joseph after he surrendered in at Fort Keogh, and was also the first to capture the Custer Battlefield and Custer’s Crow scout. In 1878, he visited Yellowstone and took 16 photographs that were included in the “Stereoscopic Views of the Yellowstone Country.” In 1879 he moved back to his home in Minnesota, where he reproduced the photos in the “Artistic Views of the Yellowstone Country and Yellowstone National Park, Series of 1876, 1877, and 1878.” Most of the Yellowstone photos came from the summer of 1878. Fouch died August 7, 1933 in Glendale, California.

American-Tribes, via WWW, 28 June 28 2017. Accessible at (Birth and death information, family relations, civil war, marriages).

Montana: The Magazine of Western Photographers. Journal, 2000 p. 34. (John Fouch: photographer, b. 1849-1933). Accessible at (Footnote four on page 34 indicates discrpeancies about his county of birth; he was nineteen hwne he moved to montana; father abandoned the family when he was eight months old).

The Yellowstone Stereoview Page, via WWW, 23 June 2017 (Fouch, John. b. 1849 d. 1933). Accessible at (Fouch moved to Michigan by Lake Minnetonka where he onwed a photostudio; Montana Fort Keogh where he owned another studio; years he visited Yellowstone, number of stereographs, the names of the series; most photos were taken in the Summer of 1878).

Biography of Western Photographers, Biog., 1997: p. 290. (John Fouch; photographer; b. 1849 d. 1933.). (Fouch photographed Chief Joseph after he surrendered in at Fort Keogh. Fouch was also the first to capture the Custer Battlefield and Custer’s Crow scout).

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Collection of Yellowstone National Park stereographs

Identifier: MSS 9007
Scope and Contents

Contains 36 Yellowstone National Park black and white stereographs, with a few duplicates of varying quality. The dates range from 1871 to 1910. The stereographs were produced by several photographers, the main contributors being Joshua Crissman, Henry Bird Calfee, and the Nelson (Nelse) partnership.

Dates: approximately 1871-1910

John H. Fouch stereograph of Yellowstone National Park, approximately 1878

Identifier: MSS 9007 Series 6
Scope and Contents

Contains one stereograph of Mammoth Formations of Yellowstone, taken in 1878 by John H. Fouch.

Dates: approximately 1878

Stereograph of Yellowstone National Park, approximately 1910

Identifier: MSS 9007 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains a single colored stereograph taken by an unknown photographer in approximately 1910. It is a photograph of a train station at the entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

Dates: approximately 1910

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