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Emma Olson, as a Pauper

Emma Olson, as a Pauper | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Emma Olson, member of the Menomonie High School class of 1905, depicted as a pauper. Pictured sitting in a wheelbarrow, wearing tattered clothes, and playing the accordion. Part of a yearbook created by classmate Albert Hansen, based on a class prophecy theme.
Image ID:54745
Creation Date:1905  
Creator Name:Hansen, Albert
Collection Name:Hansen, Albert, 1886-1979 : Albert Hansen papers, 1899-1980)
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:M82-255
Original Dimensions:5 x 7 inches
Page 14 of 70. Prophecy on page 13 reads, "Signor Tellini writes, "A pitiful fate awaites [sic] one of your school mates. Out on the corner of State and Madison Streets in Chicago she may be seen at any time though many may not realize who she is. It is not strange for who could recognize this faded old women [sic], playing "Pilgrim's Chorous" [sic] on the accordion to earn enough pennies to keep her alive? It is Emma Olson; she has been brought to this sad plight by two expensive vices; an inordinate love of chewing gum and in consequence a passionate devotion to slot machines." Emma Olson married Wallace Crawford in June 1913, and the couple lived in Rice County, Minnesota. She died shortly after the class reunion of 1955. Information about Emma Olson has been researched through contemporary newspaper articles and genealogical resources.
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