Heinrich Handschin, childhood
Heinrich Handschin was born on February 1, 1830, in Rickenbach in the Canton of Basel-Landschaft as the son of Anna Maria Obrist and Johannes Handschin. He was the youngest of four children and grew up in the 'Butcher House' named for the butcher line of the Handschin family from Rickenbach which has many wide-spread branches. Yet for a long time there had been no more butchers in the family, instead there were lacemakers, weavers of silk ribbons, small farmers, day-laborers and farmhands. In the 19th century other family members undertook the difficult journey to America in the hope to find a better existence.
"Heinrich Handschin: Childhood Places,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 45
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol45/iss2/5