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, July 29, 2009

Sand women c.1920

Here's one of the pictures Judy found among Aunt Rosies photos....its obviously Grandma (Lizzy Sand Hesch) third one, standing, but the woman top left looks SO familiar. Larry brought it up--how old did I think Grandma was in this pic? I guessed aproximately 40...? Grandma was born in 1883, and we think this was a picture of the women who cooked for a threshing crew (their husbands and brothers). If she was 40, this was 1923...but wait!
Louisa (Rausch) SAND (Grandma's mother) died in 1921, but I think she's in this picture too. The formal pic isn't as convincing as the Sand family pic, but this HAS to be her, top left. So the year was 1919 or 1920, and Grandma was 37. These would have been women from the west side of Buckman, since there are at least three Sands in it...and possibly four, if the lower right woman is Lena (Sand) Block (inset pic is from Grandma's wedding in 1910).
I think grandma's sister Veronica is there too, sitting on the grass next to the nectar pourer. Around this time, she married John Wintermeyer and moved to St Cloud. The inset pic of her is from 1946.
Note added almost a year later:  First, the lower right woman is not Lena Block, according to Uncle Tony Hesch.  He said she was always "sorta skinny" until her old age, so cancel that one.
Added November 2012:  The front row right woman was probably Elizabeth, Charlie Sand's wife, from Wenachee, Washington!  We know they came home to visit at least once--and she matches the other photos we have of her.  Cool, huh?

According to Jeannie Marshik tho (see post on June 30th, 2010) the woman top right is probably Lena Dengel Mueller....(thanks Jeannie!)

AND, Larry and I were perusing this photo again tonight, and realize it could easily have been a wedding, where Louisa, Anna and Lizzy did the cooking, and the others were servers.  Whew--remember when being asked to serve at a wedding was considered an HONOR??  LOL...I do, and I useta have the sheer aprons to show for it, too!

Isn't this about as COOL as it gets?? WOW.
THANKS again to Judy and LARRY...and Jeannie ☺

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