If Only Mrs. Loy Had Taken A Cell Phone Selfie…

As the original article gives no first names, I don’t know exactly which Loys these were. For 1860 Wisconsin census I found no Loys living in Dane county, where the city of Madison is. At that time, the Loys that did live in the state of Wisconsin were from the John George (Hans Jurich) Loy (to America 1733) and Martin Loy (to America 1774) branches. However, it was the John George (Hans Jurich) Loy (to America 1733) branch that lived in counties near Dane. That is, in Sauk, Green, and Grant. In all likelihood the Mr. and Mrs. Loy would have been one of the couples living in these counties during the 1860 census. Besides, the Brown County, Wisconsin David M. Loy family of Martin Loy (to America 1774), due to their prosperous business interests statewide and beyond, would have been recognized as such, with first names known by newspaper editor had they been party to this article.

Now as for the photographer Mr. Hoyt, I was able to learn a little more about him. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Wisconsin Photographer’s Index (1840-1976), Samuel T. Hoyt was photographer in Madison as early as 1858, where I found him and his family in the 1860 census. He was age 32, born in New Hampshire. His wife Teresa was 28, born in Canada. They had sons George, age 10, born in New Hampshire, and Charles, age 8, born in Wisconsin. Samuel’s occupation was listed as “artist,” which gives a rather Bohemian flair versus a simple “photographer” occupation. Neither the Wisconsin Historical Society’s photographer’s index nor anything else I could find online could reveal Hoyt’s whereabouts after this article, especially not in Dane county. I did find a FamilySearch.org tree on Samuel’s wife, that shows she remarried in Wyoming in 1893.

From Tuesday, 4 September 1860 The Wisconsin Daily Patriot (Madison, WI):

   This morning Mr. HOYT’S daguerreotype establishment on Pinckney street was the scene of a noisy and disgraceful disturbance. A man named LOY, charged HOYT with having invited his wife up to have her picture taken and then insulting her. Hoyt denied the charge stating that he was in the habit, when not very busy, of having people sit for pictures, and that he insulted Mrs. Loy no further than by taking her likeness and then not letting her have it until she paid for it. There was much sanguinary talk for upwards of half an hour, without any interference from those whose duty it is to support order, although a Constable was present. At last the crowd left Hoyt’s room and collected on the sidewalk, when a little fat man, who stated that he was a friend of Loy’s, complained that Hoyt had taken a “plumb bob” from him, and made threats of burning the building unless it was returned to him. A Mr. Manning had something to say on the subject, when the little man insinuated something to him about stinking meat and a scuffle between them at once ensued, which ended in Loy’s stepping in and coolly knocking Manning down by a fierce blow on the head, and kicking him while down several times.
   The excitement attending this hubbub had only subsided about ten minutes when Loy again appeared and abused Hoyt for some time in hard and indelicate language although a Constable was standing close by.
   This happened about 10 o’clock in the morning while ladies were passing and repassing from and to the Post Office; and we think it would look as if a majority of decent men were in the Common Council, if that body, while meddling with offensive draymen, would also provide a suitable and fearless officer to keep the peace, and prevent the ears of our helpless wives and daughters, in broad daylight and in a principal street, from running the risk of hearing disgusting language, and having their feelings shocked by disgraceful scenes.

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