James Cooley Field, a commercial photographer, was drawn to the Tampa climate in hope of a cure for his wife, Nannie's, tuberculosis. Unfortunately, Nannie was lost to the disease and daughter Alice Maud followed her in death not long afterwards. Field's name (or that of his company, Field & Morast) appears on most early photographs of Tampa. In 1897, Field sold out to his partner and moved to Six Mile Creek, where he operated a saloon. He was arrested for selling liquor without a license in 1899, proving he was a better photographer then a publican.
James C. Field
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