This cabinet card features a very beautiful and fashionably dressed young woman. Her name, Emma Arter, is listed on the reverse of the cabinet card. Miss Arter is wearing a stylish hat and a pretty fur collar. She appears very self assured.  When I first saw this photograph, I was convinced that Miss Arter was a theater actress. Preliminary research found no information about an actress with that name. More general research could not locate any confirmed biographical information about this lovely young lady. This cabinet card is from the studio of  C. S. Roshon of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. According to printing on the reverse of the photograph, the image was produced in 1891. The Roshon Galleries were located at 142 North 8th Street, and 22 South 9th street, in Lebanon. Roshon also had a studio in Harrisburg and another gallery in Morristown, New Jersey.  To view other photographs from Roshon’s studio, click on the category “Photographer: Roshon”. SOLD

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  1. This may be a stretch, but I am wondering if this might be the Emma Arter mentioned several times in the 1895 yearbook of Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania (the yearbook, unfortunately, not displaying any photographs). Chambersburg is about an 85 mile drive on the other side of Harrisburg from Lebanon.

    It may be possible that this Emma Arter was actually born Mary Emma Arter, the daughter of a Lisbon, Ohio couple named Richardson and Amelia Arter. Mary Emma’s maternal grandfather was from Pennsylvania, a distant connection to be sure, but a possibility. Mary Emma was born about 1879 in Ohio. She can be found in the 1880 census in her parents’ home, but missing from their household in the 1900 census, though she remained single and can be found back in Lisbon for the subsequent census enumerations. (Her brother, incidentally, married a woman who was also named Emma about 1920, though that far exceeds the date of your photograph.)

    There is another Emma Arters in Pennsylvania (Danville), but born in 1859. She subsequently married a William Hoy and remained in Pennsylvania for the rest of her life. It probably depends on the actual age of the subject of your photograph which, if either, is the right Emma Arter.

    • That is excellent detective work on your part. It seems like you uncovered at least two real possibilities for the identity of the young lady in this photograph. I appreciate your efforts.

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