Photo Collections Record
Irma McGonagill Photograph CollectionExtent:
1.4 Linear Feet (1 hanging folder 1 shared box of negatives 1 over sized folder )
PC 09:B, PC Negatives Box 16, MC MS 01:F
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The Irma McGonagill Photographs depict images of the life of Irma McGonagill, her family, and their time spent in Tonopah, Nevada during the mining boom. The collection consists of forty images dated from approximately 1870 to 1925. The images depict Tonopah, mines around the Tonopah area, homes in Tonopah, and the McGonagill family. Many of the photographic prints have corresponding negatives. Negatives have been housed separately and can be found in box 16.
0001 Naomi Olney McGonagill age c. 9 months, taken c. 1889.
0002 The two eldest McGonagill girls, Naomi Olney McGonagill (Olney then about 3 years old) and Irma Blanch McGonagill (1 year). ca. 1891.
0003 Willie LeRoy McGonagill and Mrs. Nancy MacNeal McGonagill (Willie's mother). Willie LeRoy McGonagill was born in Texas; his mother died during cattle drive from Texas to Montana. Taken ca. 1870s.
0004 Willie LeRoy McGonagill with his wife Lois, and daughters Naomi Olney age 3 (left) and Irma Blanche 1 year old. Taken about 1891
0005 The McGonagills and Thompsons, Tonopah, 1904. L to R: Top row: Uncle Wesley Wheaton (Mrs. McGonagill's brother), Willie Le Roy McGonagill, Mrs. Anna Laura (Wheaton) McGonagill holding baby James Henry McGonagill, and Mabel Thompson. In front of Minnie: Laura McGonagill. In front, at left: Ruth, Irma, and Ray McGonagill, Myrtle Ellen Thompson.
0006 L-R: Ruth, Ray, and Irma McGonagill. Taken about 1912 in Seattle.
0007 Irma McGonagill, at age 22. (ca. 1912)
0008 L-R: Marcus Moschetto (Married Irma McGonagill) and Luther Nord. Ca. 1912.
0009 Irma McGonagill, ca. 1910.
0010 The barrel House, Tonopah, Nev. [postcard dated 3-12-1907]
0011 A Dugout, Tonopah, Nev. [postcard, ca. 1907] (duplicate in b/w)
0012 One of the first in Tonopah, Nev. "Jim Butler's Tent." [Postcard, ca. 1907] (duplicate in b/w)
0013 Some of Tonopah's residences. [Postcard dated 12-23-1908] (dup. in b/w)
0014 "A native of the desert." [Postcard showing a desert scene, ca. 1907]
0015 Ruth McGonagill and a neighbor's baby at tent house with pipe from milk-can stove. The family lived here, in the Kawich Range, from about September 1904 through March 1905. (This camp was called Wheaton and was a couple miles up the gully from Silver Bow, Nevada.)
0016 Panorama of Tonopah. [ca. 1900-1905] (See photos 0246 0017-0022 for individual mine views.)
0017 Tonopah Extension Mine, Tonopah, Nevada. [ca. 1900-1905] (For related mine views see photos 0246 0016-0022)
0018 Belmont Mine, Tonopah, Nevada. [ca. 1900-1905] (For related mine views see photos 0246 0016-0022)
0019 Ohio Tonopah Mine, Tonopah, Nevada. [ca. 1900-1905] (For related mine views see photos 0246 0016-0022)
0020 Mizpah Mine, Tonopah, Nevada. [ca. 1900-1905] (For related mine views see photos 0246 0016-0022)
0021 Montana Tonopah Mine, Tonopah, Nevada. [ca. 1900-1905] (For related mine views see photos 0246 0016-0022)
0022 Midway Mine, Tonopah, Nevada. [ca. 1900-1905] (For related mine views see photos 0246 0016-0021)
0023 Tonopah, Nevada, ca. 1902. "This very early photograph of Tonopah by Al Smith shows only wooden structures no Golden Block or Mizpah Hotel, no little stone bank building on lower Main Street." (note by Nan Doughty). For original see oversize photo #0246 0023.
0024 Tonopah, Nevada, ca. 1901. Same description as above (#0023). (OVERSIZE)
0025 Mama McGonagill's laundry in Tonopah, 1903. (Beer bottle foundation straightening up the porch built by Willie LeRoy McGonagill.)
0026 Tonopah store, 1902. Mama McGonagill with Laura on her lap. Myrtle standing, Minnie behind her. Woman to right is a neighbor, Mrs. Lawrence.
0027 Miss Irma McGonagill, young lady friend of Mr. And Mrs. T.A.A. Siegfriedt.
0028 Minnie Thompson Howard, at right, age 85, with her half-sister Margaret McGonagill Lilly. (1981)
0029 General view of Tonopah, Nevada. (1908)
0030 Willie McGonagill in his general store in Tonopah, Nevada. Willie is the father of Irma McGonagill. He went broke because he gave too much credit to the miners. Ca. early 1900s
0031 Tonopah School, Nevada Photo by H.T. Shaw 1906
0032 Tonopah Public School, Nevada Ca. 1903
0033 Unidentified home. n.d.
0034 Unidentified home. n.d.
0035 Unidentified home. n.d.
0036 Postcard. Depot at Tonopah 1904
0037 Postcard. Boom days in Tonopah, Nevada. n.d. [1904?]
0038 Postcard. Tonopah, Nevada. n.d. [1904?]
0039 Postcard. Tonopah, Nevada. n.d.
0040 Postcard. Entire population of Tonopah, Nevada 1902