I had a wonderful chat with Math's daughter Louise last night. She added details and connections I didn't know about--for one, that the actual diary was a little black book. Of course! A "notebook" in 1914 wouldn't have been the clumsy big thing we used in school, it would have been small enough for a breast pocket, beside his pencil. That explains his short sentences and abbreviations!
She's only 83, so she didn't know that there was an older 'Math E Hesch" in the Pierz area when her dad was writing early on, or that he would have been her uncle. (He died in Minneapolis, at the home of his daughter, when Louise was 5, so no wonder).
We talked about the Hesch uncles who'd died before she was born--Frank, John and Joe--and about the Gottwalt descendants of their sister, Rose, who still need to be contacted for the reunion. Whew! Good thing we both like to talk!
The other night, I called a Waumandee family contact (Jane), in Arizona for the winter, and got the number for another person who NEEDS to be at the reunion. He's the son of...follow me here...Paul's brother Math's son Valentine's daughter Edna. Got that? Talking with Jane was really interesting because she knows the people living in Waumandee now, and who their parents were, and how they connect.
THANKS, Jane and Louise!