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Photo #16145

Last Name: Bemis

First Name : Frances

Middle Name: Perl

Subject's City: Estherville

Subject's State: IA

Subject's County:

Subject's Country: USA

Date: 1902

Photographer: Hawk

Photographer's City:

Photographer's State: IA


Type** : PRT

Comments: Frances Perl Bemis (Nee: ) | Estherville IA USA | 1902 | Comments: Found! #no Feb 9th 2003 Steve Dahlstrom Perls 1st Cousin 3 times removed,..Steve writes .. Frances Perl Bemis was born on December 16, 1881, at Estherville in the old Bemis home on the corner of Des Moines and Sixth street, where the postoffice now stands. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Simeon E. Bemis, came to this county in 1866. They are both dead. She was a member of the Baptist church. Miss Bemis received her common school and high school education at Estherville, graduating from the high school in 1898. She then attended the State University at Iowa City where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1902. She also took special work at the University of Columbia. After receiving her education, she began one of the most brilliant and commendable careers as an instructor and director of education that has ever been known here. She taught at Oelwein, Iowa; Maxwell, Iowa; Tulsa, Oklahoma, and at Estherville, Iowa. The records at these schools alone speak out her faithfulness to duty. She commanded the respect of her associates and students. She began teaching in the Estherville high school in 1906, and in 1908 was made principal. She remained in that position until 1911 when she took special work for a year. She returned in 1912 and was principal of the high school until 1920. For the past three years she has taught at Holland Hall, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She had taught there but a short time when she was elected head of that school and was acting in that capacity at the time of her death. Shortly before going to Rochester she returned from a two hundred mile automobile trip, after having completed her faculty for the school year. At the time of her mothers last illness this spring, she was more active in caring for her than her health would permit, and probably exerted herself to a point which later resulted in her own death./////////////// Found 5-29-04 Dick Freis writes - My uncle, F. Gene Weir, was a son of Carrie A. Bemis, (Mrs. George Weir) who was, I believe, a sister of Perl. One of F.Gene Weir's daughters was named after his much admired and loved "Auntie Perl" - Perl Elaine Weir - married to Maurice Larson and still living in Estherville. My grandmother, Evelyn Ruth Rokenbrodt and sister to F.Gene Weir's wife, Hazel, finished high school, the Estherville, Iowa, High School, in three years and was the class valedictorian. (1915) She spoke with admiration of Perl Bemis. My mother clearly remembers "Auntie Perl"./// from the Vindicator and Republican. Juniors 9-1902 *Hawkeye* University of Iowa , Iowa City IA -To see all the pictures in theYearBook type HAWK in the photographers slot in *Detailed Search* to browse theyearbook click on *S* in the Alphabet List and select *School Annual -1902 Universityof Iowa. if you wish a close up of scans or additional information regarding of any ofthese images or this yearbook . Email .To see the other annuals uploaded go to

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W Bell
Frances Bemis
David Knouse
Christopher Laartz
Jennie Loizeaux
M Porter
Juniors 9 School Annual 1902 University of Iowa

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