This branch of the Austrian Hesch family is descended from Johann Hesch and his wife Marya (Schlinz) Hesch, who came to America from Oberschlagles, Bohemia with three sons: Paul, Mathias, and Anton. +++Johann & Marya settled in Buffalo County, Wisconsin but moved to Pierz, Mn in about 1885. .+++Mathias settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin and moved to Pierz in 1911. +++Anton never married but farmed with his dad in Agram Township, where he died in 1911.+++And Paul, my great grandfather, settled five miles away, in Buckman, Minnesota. He died there in 1900.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My dad, Mike

Ok, I've been talking 1850's a lot here, so now a fast-foreward is in order. (Besides, I have pictures of dad but not a lot of his brothers or sisters, so we'll have to start there).

Michael Francis was born in January of 1913, so I think this was his first summer, and George was expected to watch him.

This sepia picture was probably taken about 1920. That's grandpa Anton and grandma Lizzy with dad circled and the twins Ted and Matt in front. The boys in back are adopted kids from the orphan trains-the tall one I think was George, and I don't know the younger one. (George stayed with the family for years--the last evidence I have of him was when he was 26, in the 1930 census. Dad said the other adopted son didn't like the farm, tho, and left as soon as he could).

Again, Mike is circled--I figure this picture was taken about 1940--sitting is Anthony, Lizzy, Anton and row, Henry, Katherine, Veronica and Michael, with Matthias and Theodore in back.

I think this photo was taken before he went into the Army, and probably that last one was, too. He would have been 29.

Dads' Army years.....

Wedding, in 1946...

...and on Josh's first birthday, in 1972, our four generation picture.

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