Now, you have to realize that I tend to believe the printed word. I assume fact-checking (WHY??), and being proven wrong...well, I don't prefer it.
Still, I'd never heard of a Charles Hesch, and the age range of their kids was amazing if I took it at face value...lol
I asked a genealogist friend, Jean Marthaler, what she thought. Jean suggested that Paul and Rosalia were visiting that day, and perhaps no one would talk to the enumerator except 10 year old Rosalia, who in any case was probably the most proficient in English among 'em.....?
Jean suggested I look to see if Paul (40) and Rosalia (10) might have been listed elsewhere in their OWN family. They were...
Well, then I wondered why this enumerator didn't have a feel for German--he had such confident handwriting, and most often, enumerators around there had German names (each page is signed at the top). HA! J. D. LaChance signed these pages. NOT a good German boy.
At the time we were puzzling over this, I'd never heard of J.D. before, but since then we've found his name in Little Falls society columns of the day, and in history books from...well, 1881, for instance:
LOL...can you imagine that little episode?
A buggy pulls into the yard, and a man in a suit gets out with a large book under his arm. It's early June, probably a hot, sunny day, and the man looks frazzled.
"Another German family--why me??", he thinks.
And John says, winking, " Rose, Sie gehen sprechen mit ihm, wir sind beschäftigt. Sagen Sie ihm, dass wir Englisch nicht sprechen....Vermutung wenn haben Sie dazu! "
("Rose, you go talk to him, we are busy. Tell him we don't speak English.... Guess if you have to!")
Damn, this is FUN!!