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 Joseph J. Polzer  (1890 - 1966)

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Lived/Active: California/Nebraska      Known for: impressionist floral, landscape and seascape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Joseph J Polzer Jr. was born on 18 September 1890 in Omaha,Nebraska, son of Austrian immigrants Joseph and Mary Weiss Polzer, and died on 7 September 1966 in San Gabriel, CA. Joseph Polzer Sr. was working as a barber in Omaha during the 1900 and 1910 Federal censuses. Joseph J. Polzer Jr. was working as a painter in 1910 in Omaha.

Polzer was married to Ruth Irene Roth on 6 February 1917. According to his WWI Draft Registration card, Polzer was working as a self-employed rancher in Bennett County, South Dakota in May 1917. Joseph and Ruth were living in Rapid City, SD in 1920 where he was employed as an interior decorator. They were in Los Angeles by 1930 where Joseph was working as foreman, telephone company during the 1930 and 1940 censuses. They had children Louis Anthony and Jo Ann.

Joe was an active member of Telephone Pioneers and participated in local area art shows, especially during the early sixties, around Alhambra, Temple City and San Gabriel, CA. He was prolific as a painter in oils and watercolors for most of his life, often selling his paintings. According to his granddaughter, his signature changed over time.
He is buried in the Resurrection Cemetery in San Gabriel, CA.

Submitted by Kevin Daniel, MS Library and Information Science, University of Illinois

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