We're planning a reunion of HESCHs for this August, 2009. (WE means cousins Judy and Jerry and me). We have addresses for a lot of you, and email addresses for others, but some relatives are elusive. For instance, did you know that great grandpa Paul had brothers who also emigrated to America? They were Mathias and Anton, both of whom lived in Pierz, and are buried there.
Anton never married, but because of his obituary, we were able to figure out WHERE they came from, and Mathias' obituary corroborated it.
Anyway, Mathias married a girl from the same Bohemian village, Agnes Trachofsky, and they settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin.
Math and Agnes moved to Pierz in about 1911 with their younger children John, Rose, Anna, Lillian and Clara. We assume they inherited the farm from Anton when he died. Son John took it over when they quit farming. We know Rose and Clara died as young adults.
Lillian and Anna have fallen off our family radar, but we'd really like them to be represented at the reunion. Two older children stayed in Waumandee--Valentine and Mary.
Luckily, the obituary for Agnes Trachofsky Hesch listed her childrens' married names.
Won't it be fun to meet relatives we didn't KNOW about?