Sketchy history of the life of Lehman Aarons,copied from notes made by himself from time to time until approximately 1910.

Born April 1, 1842. In school, then worked in the tannery in 1853. Went to Kalisz with father in 1854. Learned tailoring from 1855 to 1856. Father (born 1815-20) died July 3, 1856, leaving children, ages-14,12,10,6,4,3. Moses was sickly and remained deaf.

Tailoring and tanning from 1856 to 1857. Tailoring for strangers from 1857 to 1862. Tailoring for self as master from 1862 to 1863. Saved $200.00.

Kleczew massacre. Russians chased rebels. Partner killed. Hid in corn. Lay all night. Heard mother cry on road in morning. Had smallpox after that. Another fellow had been pulled out of corn and killed.

Dealt in leather and went to Kalisz with wagon in July, 1863. Married Gusta Marks Dec. 7, 1864. Spent much money in Lovitch [ED. Lowicz] to escape military service in 1863. In hospital eye trouble. To escape military service, left home and unwillingly left my wife, mother, brothers and sisters behind in October, 1866. I and my brother Jake went to England, landing in November, 1866 . . .

Ellis Aarons’ (born 1854) account of his family’s last years in Europe . . .

Written during one of Charles L. Aarons’ campaigns for re-election to the Circuit Court of the State of Wisconsin, 1931.

Spelling errors retained.

     In 1857 Aaron Aarons, a taner by traid, died in a flue epiademic. Left a wife a 6 children without any means of suport, the eldest age 14, Lehman Aarons, father of Judge Charles L. Aarons, and the youngest one and a half years old, Elias Aarons. In order to feed the six children, Lehman, father of Judge Aarons, was assigned to an apprintice ship to a tailor, because it was supposed that in that trade he would become an assistent to his mother to help to feed the rest that had to be taken care of. Now Mother, whose name was Brondel, found a friend who was willing to trust her with a bag of flower if she cared to open a bakery to support her family. Extremely appreccative of the offer. With that capital she started a backer shop and baked bred and sold it to consumers and thereby fed her little group.

     In 1867 she died, her vitality exhasted from her ten years of hard work. Lehman Aarons, the oldest of this group, became the father, mother and sole suporter of the entire familly, was obliged to look for sorses to better his condition so that he could take care of his group. So in 1874 he landed in the prosperus city of Milwaukee . . .

Differences of dates/ages between Lehman's and Ellias' accounts may be a result of calendar used, ages of individuals or other factors, but events and general dates are useful.

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