Born in New York on Aug. 11, 1849. By 1883 Helms was a resident of San Francisco and maintained a studio there until 1886. He then moved to Sacramento where he worked as a portraitist until his demise on April 16, 1929. Exh: Calif. State Fair, 1884-88.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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