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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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Glorious Fish Abundance!

Sue and I were talking about all the fish we ate as Catholic kids--how every Friday mom would take a fishy milk carton from the freezer and it would sit there, on the counter, sweating and melting in time for that weeks' at-home fish fry.

This photo (had to be 30-40 fish on that string!!) was in Sues' stack...and the third guy was mostly a glare. (THIS is what photo-editing programs were MADE for! )

Comparing this pic with another one Sue sent, we think it was taken around 1932. The man in the middle could have been Joe Suess' buddy Sitzman, because he's sitting next to Joe in another photo. Still, it's a mystery!

Trivia, here:
Do you remember having your throat blessed at church every February? The crossed candles held to your throat while the priest made the sign of the cross over your head? That was the feast of St Blaise, patron of throat I always connected it with fish bones.
St Blaise was good, but boiled potatoes worked immediately, and better....

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