It's Jon, short for Jonathan. No "h".
"I do have formal training in the historical research arts and that
award from the West Virginia Press Association for Best Investigative
Journalism (that was a previous award, not the one I won this year)"
Good for you. I don't accept arguments from authority and I also
have formal training in history. All of which is completely besides
the point--you still haven't given any response to the issues I raised.
You made two claims in your original post. First, that there was
someone named "Joseph Richter" who "invented Richter" and second that
the Anton Richter who had a harmonica company was his brother. You
stated these as facts. Definitive statements have a distinct meaning
when studying history. They mean that these are known from direct
evidence. I see no direct evidence here, not even logical
supposition (which should still be couched in caveats). I've looked
into these some myself, but also talked about these with people who
know more than I on the subject. And then I quoted the person who
probably has done more research into harmonica history than anyone
I've yet seen. I pointed out that the first assumption you made can
by no means be thought of as a fact--there is little evidence for an
inventor named "Joseph Richter" and what there is can be considered
highly questionable. Further, there is little to no evidence of any
connection between these two Richters--which seems to be a common
Bohemian name at the time.
Deal with the issues I raise, not me personally. If you are
incapable of the former, that really isn't my problem.
()() JR "Bulldogge" Ross
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