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 Laura Alice <I>Fitch</I> Polhemus

Laura Alice Fitch Polhemus

Death 1 May 1998 (aged 104)
Burial Holdrege, Phelps County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 9521813 · View Source
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Laura, the daughter of Florus DeWitt & Genevieve (Sherman) Fitch, was born in a sod house in Rock Falls Township, Phelps County, Nebraska. Her siblings were Blanche Manolo, who died at the young age of five from scarlet fever, Claude Sherman, Arthur Dewitt, and Orlo Vivian.

In a biography written by brother Arthur, she was remembered for asking her father to bring her a piano and a frame house from town every time he went. (The story she told her granddaughter was that she wanted an orange and a frame house.) It's not known which came first, but she ended up with both. The frame house is no longer in the family, but the piano she and her husband purchased in the first year of their marriage now belongs to a grandson, who still plays it.

Between high school graduation and her marriage to Arthur James Polhemus in 1914, she taught in a country school. Later in life, she taught piano. She was the mother of three sons and one daughter.

Laura was an artist with flowers. Her back garden was beautifully landscaped with a gorgeous mix of perenials that lined three sides of the yard, climbing roses, choke cherry bushes, and a weeping willow. It provided the perfect setting for the annual family garden dinner she held every Memorial Day weekend for years.

She enjoyed the flowers and liked watching the birds that visited them, but her passion became painting when she was in her 60's. In the 20 or so years she painted, she created dozens of landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. Her children and grandchildren now proudly display her works in their homes and offices.

In addition to her sister, Blanche, Laura was preceded in death by her parents, her three brothers, her daughter-in-law, Helen (Bradshaw) Polhemus, her husband, Arthur, two grandsons, David Lynn Polhemus and James Arthur Polhemus, Jr., a great-grandson, Benjamin Polhemus, and her son, Lynn Polhemus. Survivers included two sons and daughters-in-law, James Arthur and Sylvia of Funk and Eugene and Soffia of Kearney, a daughter and son-in-law, Laurel Beth and Tom Pierson, 11 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. She was a grand lady who led a full life - but she is missed nonetheless.

Rest in gentle peace, Granny. I'll never forget you and I'll always love you.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Laura Alice Fitch Polhemus (1 Aug 1893–1 May 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9521813, citing Prairie Home Cemetery, Holdrege, Phelps County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by SKP (contributor 46481279) .