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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
Cabins
Pioneers
Frontier and pioneer life
Women
Bemis, Polly
TypePhotographs
CoverageUnited States--Idaho (State)--Idaho--Warren
Collection SourceBiography File
Identifier62-44.3
RepositoryIdaho State Historical Society
http://www.idahohistory.net/library_archives.html
ContributorsWashington State University Vancouver Information Services
http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/vis/infoserv.htm
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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