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 Arthur James Polhemus

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Arthur James Polhemus

  • Birth 15 Apr 1888 Nebraska, USA
  • Death 25 Aug 1978 Nebraska, USA
  • Burial Holdrege, Phelps County, Nebraska, USA
  • Memorial ID 9521808

Art was the second child of John Martin & Alice Louise (Humphreys) Polhemus, born at home in Industry Township, Phelps County, Nebraska. He was the second child but grew up as the oldest of several children since the first baby died shortly after birth. After graduating from school, Art's "tramping" took him to various locations, including upstate New York where his mother's family resided before migrating to Nebraska.

Based on the collection of postcards from young women he saved, Art was quite a desirable young man. It was Laura Alice Fitch who caught his eye, and they were married in 1914. Art fathered three sons and one daughter. A hard working farmer and highly respected horseman, Art took over the Polhemus homestead around 1921 when his parents retired from farming. While vacations were infrequent occurrences, he enjoyed an occasional hunting trip to a friend's ranch in Wyoming.

Following a medical event in 1970 that made it impossible for his wife or other family members to care for him, Art was moved to the Bertrand Nursing Home, where he received excellent care by the dedicated staff. His son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Soffia, visited him as often as possible throughout his eight year residence there.

Survivors included his wife Laura; sons James (Sylvia) of Funk, Gene (Soffia) of Kearney, and Lynn (Evelyn) of rural Holdrege; daughter Laural Beth (Art) Pierson of Corpus Christi, Texas; 13 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and one sister, Alice Lindstrom. He was preceded in death by grandson, David Polhemus; brother-in-law, Sidney Lindstrom; and daughter-in-law Helen Polhemus.


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  • Added: 26 Sep 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9521808
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Arthur James Polhemus (15 Apr 1888–25 Aug 1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9521808, citing Prairie Home Cemetery, Holdrege, Phelps County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by SKP (contributor 46481279) .