(Photos enlarge with a click, ok?)
The top photo is the John Hesch Drygoods Store in about 1916. On the left is John (in the wheelchair) with son Paul and daughter Laura. Behind the counter on the right is Ket (Mueller) Hesch who we think might have been pregnant with Johnny Boy here.
Our question tho is WHO was the man in the middle? The story I got with the picture was that he was a local guy who just wanted to be in the picture. Hmm--ok, but Larry made a case for the gentleman being Ket's brother John Mueller. Comparing the other pics we have of him, I think he's right. The mystery man has light eyes, and so does Ket. His stance is familiar from the exterior photo of the saloon and hardware store, and from the fact that Ket stands that way, too.
What do you think? Same guy?