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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Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Jailer's Wife

Little Falls, Minn, 1890...

Looking online for the name SAND, Larry found this interesting episode in Morrison County history: the deputy Sherriff in Little Falls then was one John P. Sand. (No, we don't know if he was one of OUR Sands.  Oh, yes, he was! Site search for 'J P Sand' ).

Still, the story is interesting! In October of 1888, a man named Albert Bulow murdered a "well-to-do bachelor farmer" from Buckman, Franklin Eich, for which he was hanged in Little Falls in July of 1889. According to the St Paul Daily Globe newspaper, Mrs. Sand was attentive to the prisoner while he languished in jail.

"His death watch, composed of H. B. and John Schenck, were socially disposed and musically inclined. Bulow had the German love for music, and a quartette was organized, the soprano being furnished by the wife of the jailer, Mrs. Sand. Almost any hour of the day, and particularly in the evening, the music of the quartette could be heard...."
In jail at the same time was a man convicted of highway robbery by the name of John Mitchell, who evidently was 'comforted' too...

Yes, their lives could be interesting!

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