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 11, 2009

Mary Agnes Tetiva

What a lovely photo. Great uncle Math called her Holka, which means "little girl" in Bohemian German. When he teased her (often!), he called her a "Bohemian" tho that was a bad thing? lol (He thought HE was Austrian, I think).
She was a funny, smiling, joyful person, always ready to feed guests, visit, trade stories and laugh. She was Math's 'straight-man', but she was able to give it back just like THAT, too!

I remember visiting once when they were "having words" with each other, and we became foils in the argument. It was a comedy routine because they knew what they were doing so well, and it only needed an

She spent a year of her life in a TB sanitarium (c 1939) away from her husband and kids. It was a tough year, but I think it made them all appreciate what they had in each other.

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