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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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Taking the Veil

Sue just today started making sense of one of her mom's pictures. She went to the Minnesota History Museum, and looked thru back issues of the Little Falls Transcript and the Pierz Journal, and found unfamiliar references:

15 August 1929--"Mr and Mrs Andrew Suess went to Little Falls Monday to attend a reception at the convent where Mrs. Suess’ daughter Sr. Whilomina (Laura Hesch) received the Black Veil"....and

29 August 1929 – "Mrs Andrew Suess is enjoying a visit from her daughter Ven. Sr. Whilomina of Little Falls….."

Laura?? But didn't she marry Rodney Stoneberg, in 1933?
Yes, she did...but at 17, she evidently tried the convent first.

According to the back of the photo, (from left ), 1 is Agnes (Mueller) Braun, Ket's sister, 2 is her daughter Adella Braun at 17, and 3 (hidden) Pete Braun, then 4 Girlie, 5 Johnny Boy, 6 is the postulant Laura, 7 Ket, 8 ?? and 9 Andrew Suess. We're working on filling in information...but the only one we DON'T know now is the girl between Ket and Andrew!

Looks like convent life didn't work out for Laura (but genealogical sleuthing works for ME!).

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