Toerring, Helene - portrait of a youg lady

Helene Toerring (Sep 1870- <1930) was born Helene Kunze, Dec 1870, in Davenport Iowa. She was the daughter of Dr A Kunze (1839-?) of Prussia and his wife Helene, born in Iowa. Helene married Christian Toerring who was Danish and whose parents had immigrated to Iowa from Denmark in 1847. They were married in the 1890's but Christian died young, leaving Helene as a widow with a young daughter, named Helene Carlotta Toerring.
In the 1920 census Helene described herself as an illustrator and was living in Philadelphia with her daughter Helene, a social worker and two of her spinster sisters, Hedwig Kunze, a manager and Emma Kunze, a teacher. Her address in 1927 was 6399 Woodline Ave, Philadelphia.
The sitter in this portrait is unknown. 1191

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