For Bold Footsteps

This is the residence of Henry P. Braun.

Henry Braun was born in Walter, Russia in 1870, and served four years in the Russian Army. He was with the Fifth Artillery and later played the clarinet in the band. At the age of twenty-six, he married Katherine Schoessler. Two years later, in 1898, they immigrated to America.

They moved first to Lincoln, Nebraska, where Henry worked on the railroad for eight years.

The following connection is conjecture. In March of 1900, a postcard sent and signed by a “Henry Braun” was discovered in Room 35 of the Dewey Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska. The room was let to Albert Braun. When Albert took the room, he claimed to be sick and did not register. At noon and at 5pm, he asked the front desk for ice water. It was the last time he was seen alive.

The next morning, Albert was found by staff “lying upon the bed undressed, with his head resting on his right arm. His clothes were scattered promiscuously about the floor and on the bed. When his clothes were examined by the coroner’s men, a postal card, the fragment of a letter and two business cards were found.

“The postal card was signed by Henry Braun of York, Neb., and was in German. This card bore the only name that could be considered as the name of the dead man. It was written in lead pencil and was variously read as Lamb or Braun.

“Two empty morphine bottles and a whiskey glass on the washstand indicated that he had swallowed an overdose intentionally or otherwise. The bottles of morphine had contained each one-eighth of an ounce. A third bottle of similar size was found unopened in the pocket of the man’s coat.”

It’s possible that the Henry Brown who sent Albert the postcard was the same Henry Brown who owned this house. The places and dates match up.

Regardless, Henry and Katherine moved to Adams County, Washington six years later. They purchased some land west of Ritzville (likely from Henry W. Thiel), raised nine children, and worked the land until 1928, when they retired to town.

Together, their retirement spanned over three decades, until Katherine died in July of 1962. He followed her three years later. The patriarch was carried to his grave by six of his twelve grandchildren.

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‘For Bold Footsteps’

Camera: Crown Graphic 4×5 (1962)
Lens: 127mm f/4.7 Rodenstock Ysarex
Film: Kodak TMax (x-09/2003); 100ISO
Process: HC-110; 100+1; 60mins

Rehn Road, Adams County, Washington

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