|Herbert Borchers, Sr.|
Born: Maria Luise Katharine Vienop
I love this photo of my great grandma. I am fortunate to have many photos of her and to have known her well. I was 18 years old when she passed away. She is young here and it was before she was married.
My grandma (Dorothy Borchers Flanagan) was the original person who played this piano. Herbert and Mary Borchers bought it because she learned to play piano in the 1930s and was quite good. But Dorothy's interest waned and she did not continue to play. Her younger sister also took up piano during this time. She, of course, stuck with it.
The above piano was originally housed in the living room of my great grandparents home but it has been with my aunt since she probably got married and moved out of her parents' home. While she has played this piano many times over, so have hundreds of her piano students. This piano has seen regular use by many budding students and some accomplished pianists since the 1930s.
Until 2012, students were learning to play everyday on this piano during the regular school year. Upon her retirement from teaching, she indicated over 47 years of teaching piano. From the neighbor friend that my aunt taught in the late 1930s, to her niece (my mother as her student in the 1950s), she taught many to play. In fact, I count closer to over 60 years of piano instruction.
The value of this piano can only be measured in my family by its intrinsic value which makes it priceless.
Again, only by visiting my family in-person would I have been so lucky to have access to the above information from the past and get to experience the living connections to my family line. I am very grateful and fortunate.