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Poly Bemis in front of a cabin
Poly Bemis in front of a cabin
TitlePoly Bemis in front of a cabin
DescriptionPoly Bemis stands in front of a cabin in Warren, Idaho wearing a bandana and an apron. Polly, also known as China Polly, was a dance hall girl from San Francisco who later became a goldsmith in the Warren, Idaho area. She married Charles Bemis, a mining camp gambler from Connecticut, in 1894. Popular Idaho lore claims that Charles won Polly in a poker game. However, other accounts claim that Charles proposed marriage to Polly after she spent two weeks nursing him back to health from a bullet wound he received in a robbery attempt at his home. Negative copy donated by Sister M. Alfreda Elsensohn.
SubjectChinese Americans
Warren (Idaho)
Idaho County
Frontier and pioneer life
Bemis, Polly
CoverageUnited States--Idaho (State)--Idaho--Warren
Collection SourceBiography File
RepositoryIdaho State Historical Society
ContributorsWashington State University Vancouver Information Services
Project Identifierwsuvp0402
Physical Description6 in. x 9 1/2 in.
FormatOriginal images were scanned as 300 dpi TIFF files on a Microtek 9600XL scanner. 72 dpi JPEG files were then added to the CONTENT database at the WSU Libraries.
RightsTo obtain a copy of this item, or request permission to publish, contact the Idaho State Historical Society Library and Archives, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise,ID. 83712-8250, 208-334-3356.
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