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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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Is that a ladder?

Funny, the pictures that survive....
This is grandpa Anton's youngest sister, Mary Hesch (who eventually married Joe Peterson). Even at first glance, it's a fairly odd picture. It could be from the year she spent at her brother Math's house while Holka was in the hospital. If it is, then that's the west or north side of the house, I suppose, because I don't recognize it...lolSo, WHAT's the pole she's standing under? There's a pivot-thing by her shoulder--which brings to mind...a birdhouse pole??
Naw. I'm thinking maybe it was wash day, and she'd rigged up a washline. That could be a clothespin bag at the bottom center of the photo. But then, we're talking a farmer and his seven daughters, so there HAD to be a more permanent washline in the yard!
When the pic's enlarged, you can see that the pole's been repaired with metal a few times. It was something permanent in the yard or they wouldn't have bothered, I think.
The only other thing I can think of is...Math was superstitious, according to his daughter Louise: did he take that picture BECAUSE Mary was tempting fate by standing under a ladder?
What do YOU think?

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