Welcome to the Harty Family History Site!

This site is dedicated to researching the Harty Family in the United States of America. Drawing our lineage back to Hans Jacobsen Hartje, immigrating from Bern, Switzerland and arriving in America on April 16, 1663 in New Amsterdam (modern day New York City), our line has been based out of Southeast Missouri since the late 1790's. The primary aim of this site is to gather the family together from across the Nation and even the entire world, as we seek to number our family and take pleasure in the diversity of each individual in the Harty Family.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

5th Generation Winchester .22

In my hands you see a Winchester .22 Model 1906 (or first introduced in 1906). This rifle has been in the Harty family for 5 generations. I've forgotten who first had the rifle (hopefully Dad will straighten this out). But as I remember, here are the owners, starting with me:

Brent L. Harty - 1994 to present

Paul H. Harty Jr. - circa 1975 to 1994

Paul H. Harty Sr. - circa 1940 to circa 1975

Ruben F. Harty II - circa 1920 to circa 1940

Ruben F. Harty - circa 1908

Dad says he believes that Ruben I owned it first and passed it down. So it has been in the family in direct lines. Pretty cool! Maybe Dad can clarify approximated dates as well. As I remember, the last person to actually fire anything out of the rifle was my Grandpa Harty, when he was about 17 years old. So this around 1940. They used the rifle to hunt vermin, making up their own projectiles as they went along. This wore out the rifling. So in 1994, I had it re-rifled. It also was re-blued and other fixes, like to the loose lever (courtesy of our dry firing and multiple pumps as young boys!). I paid the price for it later...literally!

Anyway, this is my favorite and most treasured firearm. It is a fun rifle to shoot as well. It uses .22 shorts, since it was designed for arena competitions back in the day. I promised Jake and Tom yesterday that whoever gave me the first grandson, I would give them the rifle to pass down to their son. In this way, we can keep the streak of this rifle in Harty hands through the generations!


Dad said...

Great shot of you and the rifle. It still looks good. I think that Ruben Franklin Harty, the father of Ruben Franklin Harty II, actually owned the gun first. He gave it to his son Ruben, who gave it to my dad, or your grandfather. I don't think that Uncle Claude ever had the rifle, unless he had it while dad was in the army. I guess we will never know for sure since all of the owners except me and you are dead. Only they knew who owned the gun first.

CSA Brent said...

Yea, it's in pretty good shape. When I was away on the mission, it took some rust that I couldn't remove on the hammer. Pretty minor though. It really just needs to be sighted in and it will have many more years of firing to enjoy!

CSA Brent said...

I just thought that is what you told me once...that it was Ruben II's brother Claude. But I like it better that it came from Ruben I!

Anonymous said...

I like the addition of the pictures to the 5th generation winchester 22. Adds a whole lot to the story. My brain is slowly replacing events in the past with the present and I just don't remember things that I said about things in the past. Sorry about that, but thats just getting older. I think. It may just be laziness. Who knows.

I do know that the Winchester 22 story is a great one and that the pictures made it come alive. Great job on the pictures! I can't remember being that skinny, but I sure have the Harty/Whitledge ears as does dad and grandpa.

Thanks again for all the good memories. Great family history site. Sure enjoyable to visit, and it links into Bethany's site and fan's too. Can't beat that!