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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Friday, March 27, 2009

NEW old pics

Paul Hesch above, and his family, below:

If it wasn't for wonderful relatives who are willing to share family pictures that I can post, this blog would be MUCH smaller and less interesting. Today, at Aunt Fronie's funeral, Irene Hesch Kulig (Math's daughter) brought copies of photos she had for me to add to the blog. Click it--that's Mary Otremba Hesch in 1900, with her children. Paul had died in August of 1900 and you can still see the shock on her face. (Or, as Larry just pointed out, Theresa was leaving for the convent soon too, in 1901. This photo maybe had something to do with that, we don't know).

(If you want to save any of these photos to your computer, right click on the picture and choose "save as...")

I didn't know an early picture of them existed, so this is especially precious. There's Grandpa Tony at 17, and Ted and Math at 11 and 12. Rose was the oldest, at 25, and Theresa was 19.
Young Paul was 14 here, only 6 years away from his own death in a train accident when he was 20.

I'll post more of Irene's pictures tomorrow.


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