‘East of the East Side’: Tony Leskovar’s journey from peasant to concert bassoonist in Paris and Butte

Marga Lincoln for the Independent Record

At the age of 16, Slovenian peasant Anton “Tony” Leskovar left his rural Austrian family farm in Ptujska Gora, and struck out for the nearby city of Ljubljana 80 miles away– his heart set on studying music. The year was 1903.

The youngest of three surviving children, he’d fallen in love with music, playing harmonica at the local Catholic church.

His musical quest would take him to the heart of some of the world’s hot spots as history unfolded.

Tony, it seems, had a knack for landing on his feet.

His story and his adventures on the way to Butte, America, are captured in “East of the East Side” Christy Leskovar’s latest nonfiction book tracing her family’s history.

She will be speaking and sharing excerpts from her book:

People are also reading… 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Boulder Library;4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept.22, at the Montana Historical Society; and1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at East Helena Library.

An engineer by training, Leskovar abandoned her career shortly after writing her first book, “One Night in a Bad Inn,” that she published in 2007. She also wrote a follow-up book, “Finding the Bad

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