The picture above is of my grandfather, Fred Schuler on our right (I think), and his brothers Anton (Tony) on our left, and Joseph (Josie) in the center. Tony grew up to be Sheriff of St. Louis and, later, a wholesale liquor distributor. Josie died young under circumstances that I’ll tell you about some other time. His death certificate says tuberculosis but the family story is that he used to take the milk bills out in trade.
Judging by their clothes and their ages I would think this picture was taken no later than 1895.
A fine bunch of young thugs, I must say. It’s no wonder they were expelled from St. Mary of Victory’s parochial school.