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, April 24, 2009

First Communion in 1915

In the early part of the 1900s, a child made her First Solemn Communion when she was 12. The custom of having an "angel" went away, too, eventually, but I have 5 or 6 pictures of different relatives on this day in their lives.
In this case, John Hesch's oldest daughter Mary was being Communed, and her sister Laura was drafted as her Angel.
BTW, I've never seen a smiling angel in ANY of those pictures. Also, I don't know if boys had Angels on this day...ahem.

1 comment:

  1. Those who were "communed" don't look any too pleased either. Lois