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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Thursday, April 16, 2009

How much German do you remember?

I have a client right now who grew up with German-speaking parents, like we did. Her parents used it like ours did, too--among the uncles and aunts, and to keep us from knowing what they were talking about. She has Alzheimers, but words from her past are delightfully familiar, so I've been wracking my brain for words to pop into normal
Here are some she's loved so far, spelled phonetically, ok?

(Say 'em out helps!)

vee gates
selpt lopt schtinct
Du bist ferr-icht!
kleina katz
Vass vilst du habben?
schvine hundt
Eince, svay, dry, feer, fimph, seks, seben, ochten, noine, tsen...
Paat-chee, paat-chee kuchen, der baker hat

She loves it if I ask what a word means, too.
Help me here, ok? What German words do YOU remember?
(Thanks in advance!)

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