Bangor painter murdered by her lover has artwork up for public sale this weekend

Bangor native Helena Wooden Smith was a proficient panorama painter, and in 1910 had arrange among the many inventive glitterati of Carmel-by-the-Sea, a bohemian enclave close to Monterey, California, hobnobbing with the likes of writers Jack London and Upton Sinclair and painter William Merritt Chase.

However Smith would solely take pleasure in just a few years within the seemingly idyllic inventive neighborhood. Her life was minimize quick in 1914 at age 49 when she was murdered by her lover, photographer George Kodani, who was later convicted of strangling her and burying her physique on the seaside in Carmel.

Earlier than she was residing la vie boheme in California, she was the daughter of a well-to-do Bangor household that valued and inspired creativity. Her father, Ruel Smith, was the longtime courtroom clerk for Penobscot County, and her youthful brother, Perley, would develop as much as be an editor for Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World newspaper, and in addition write the favored Rival Camper sequence of boy’s books, all set in Maine.