Frank George Abell
Franklin George Abell Jr. (September 20, 1844 – July 20, 1910) was an American photographer active in the western United States in the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries. Abell was born in Roscoe, Illinois and moved with his family to California in 1857. He joined the firm of William Shew in San Francisco in 1862 at age 18, learning the photography business for the next four years. He opened his own Abell's Star Gallery in Stockton, CA in 1866 before moving back to San Francisco in 1867. He worked between Portland, OR and San Francisco for most of his career. Abel formed Abell & Welsh with John Oliver Welsh, Abell & Son with his son George L. Abell, and Abell-Herrin Co.