John DuBois Restored

November 24, 2015 at 9:38 PM


           This summer the DuBois Area Historical Society received some donations from the home of the late Robert DuBois. There were pictures of the children of John E. DuBois as wall as large portraits of John DuBois (1809-1866), like the pictures already on display at the museum.

            There was one other oil painting that was determined to be a younger John DuBois, who came to the area that would later bear his name, to establish a lumber mill and many other businesses. The painting was badly water damaged as well as having numerous cuts or holes. The paper on the back of the painting had the name P. E. Griesemer. In the early 1900s Philip E. Griesemer was a photographer and John M. Griesemer was listed in the DuBois City Directory as a portrait artist.

            Marianne Fyda, of the Peaceable Kingdom, assured the Society that the painting could be repaired and was eager to do the job. She repaired the holes, cleaned the portrait and repainted the areas that needed touched up.

            A frame was added and the result was magnificence. It is a beautiful addition to the museum and a piece of DuBois history that will be preserved.

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