While I was President of the SAHS a few years ago I was contacted by a descendant of the Handschin family who wanted to have an English translation of a brochure which described the life and work of her greatgreat- uncle Heinrich Handschin. He grew up in rather poor circumstances in Rickenbach, in the Canton of Basel-Landschaft, became a weaver, emigrated to Russia and returned as a rich man to Basel. At his death he bequeathed most of his money to his Canton requesting that an educational foundation be set up which would allow poor children of the Canton to get a good education that would be congruent with their abilities.
"Introduction: A Weaver in Moscow-A Benefactor in Basel-Land Heinrich Handschin 1830-1894,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 45
, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol45/iss2/2