• Johnny Hyzny – Living Category – Inducted 1983

      Johnny Hyzny was born in Chicago, Illinois April 25, 1930 to Joe and Ann Hyzny.  They also had another son named Joe, who played the accordion at a very early age.  John’s father figured that if Joe learned to play the accordion, John could learn from him.  But John…

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  • Walter Ostanek – Living Category – Inducted 1983

      Ladislav John Ostanek was born of Yugoslavian parents on April 20, in Duperquet, Quebec, an only child.  When he was five years old, his family moved to the St. Catharines area.  At the age of nine, Walter began playing the Button Diatonic accordion.  Without formal training, he progressed at…

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  • Eddie Oskierko – Pioneer Category – Inducted 1983

     There can be little doubt about Eddie Oskierko being a pioneer in radio and in the early formative years of polka music.  The history of his career can be summarized in one word:  “determination.”  When Ed started his radio career in October 1930, at station WJKS, he found that the…

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  • Lawrence Duchow – Deceased Category – Inducted 1983

      Lawrence Duchow started his musical career in 1932 playing with Hal’s Bluebirds out of Chilton, Wisconsin.  Their first job was for a dance at Kleist’s Hall in Potter, Wisconsin.  Lawrence took over the operation reins in 1933 and called it the Lawrence Duchow and his Red Raven Inn Orchestra…

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