lamarsh 1 A lovely young lady poses for her full length carte de visite portrait at the LaMarsh studio in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She is wearing a collar pin and holding a parasol. She appears to be in her teenage years. The book, “Portrait and Biographical Album of Racine and Kenosha Counties, … (1892) includes some background information about photographer, Bernard LaMarsh. He was born in Prussia in 1848. His father spent some time in the military but he was a butcher by trade. The LaMarsh family moved to the United States in 1856. The family first settled in Chicago but moved to Kenosha in 1872. During his teenage years he helped his father in the butcher business and in 1869, he entered the US Army as a drummer. He served for four years and then returned to Kenosha where he took a job as a barber. He was unhappy in the tonsorial business and in 1874 began learning photography with A. F. Wells who operated a gallery in Kenosha. After a few months of training, he bought a gallery in Marseilles, Illinois. After just a year and a half he sold his business and went to Chicago for further training with photographer, J. Steffens. In 1876, LaMarsh returned to Kenosha and opened a gallery which he ran for two years. From 1878 until 1884, he partnered with S. W. Truesdell. The partnership ended because LaMarsh bought out Mr. Truesdell. In 1879, LaMarsh married Augusta Harlis. She was ten years his junior. LaMarsh died in 1929. This cdv photograph has excellent clarity and is in good condition (see scans).

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