The Warren County Historical Society is pleased to announce the new addition of a Howard Jarvis photograph to the historical society's collections. Mr. Jarvis has kindly donated a large framed image of the old Warren Railroad Depot. According to managing director Michelle Gray, "I visited Mr. Jarvis with the intent of collecting and transporting his donation of the depot image to the historical society. But being a fan of his photography for many years, I felt the need to express my admiration for his work; he then afforded me opportunity to ask him a few questions."
Jarvis served in the Navy and then attended classes in Business Administration at the American Technical Society. Howard said that he had always wanted to be a photographer, but he didn't think that he could make any money at it. Howard owned Jarvis Cleaners at PA AVE W in Warren until he sold it to his daughter and son-in-law in 1985. At the age of 55, he went into semi-retirement and started "Picture Place." He started matting and framing his photographs and found that to be an art in itself. Jarvis is a long-time member of the Warren Camera Club and the Niagara Falls Regional Camera Club.
According to Jarvis, "Do something you love and you never work a day in your life." "I appreciated his words of wisdom and then he allowed me to practice my photography on him." These days Howard spends his time at Cambridge Warren going through his old photos and putting together slide shows.
Howard Jarvis looks over slides
The Warren Railroad Depot was built in 1868 and 1869 and served the Warren County community for 96 years. The depot's last stop on March 27, 1965, was made by Train 580, east-bound to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore and Washington. In 1975, the Warren Railroad depot was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Mr. Chase Putnam, Executive Director of the Warren County Historical Society at the time, made every effort to save the historic site, but eventually in 1986, the structure was razed.
If you would like to get a closer look at the Howard Jarvis photograph of the Warren Railroad Depot, please visit the new railroad exhibit at Wilder
Museum of Warren County History located at 51 Erie Avenue in Irvine, on Tuesday, Friday & Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information on the Wilder Museum of Warren County History, visit www.warrenhistory.org or call 723-1795.