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, June 19, 2009

Kulig Connection X 3

Funny how a name will pop out atcha once it's in the old memory bank....
I knew dad's cousin Irene was married to Gene Kulig, but then, we found 'Kulig' among the KARASCHs, specifically, Uncle Leo's sister Margaret, who married Alex Kulig.
Wow, they were Gene's parents, which accounts....for this picture:

Uncle Leo hugging Irene Hesch, probably on his wedding Looks like she caught the bouquet.

Ah, yes! The Kulig family was from "our" neighborhood, too. They moved to Minnesota between 1900 and 1905.

(Quiz at the end of the

So when Larry found this next clip, KULIG stuck out. Dorothy, daughter of Simon...hmm, that needs investigating....Yup, Simon was Alexander's brother, so he was Gene Kulig's Uncle Simon...and Dorothy was Gene's first cousin:

She married a Dworschak from a suburb of Waumandee, and a name we've seen before here on Hesch History.

Pretty neat!

Update: Heres an article called the Polish Silesian Settlement in Central Minnesota. It gives reasons why people left Silesia (and Europe) in the 1860s, and there's a list of very familiar names at the bottom, including Kulig. The author says those folks came from northeast of Opole. (Otrembas came from just southwest of Opole). He also mentions the other major settlement of Poles--Independence, Wisconsin!

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