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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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Soup that'll remind you of home

Here's a recipe from my 97 year old client. She was born the same year as dad.

Green Bean Soup

1 Qt. Green beans, cut in 1" pieces
1 Qt. potatoes, cut in smallish chunks
1 baseball size onion, chopped
Ham bone with meat
water to cover

Cook hambone for an hour first, with the chopped onion
add beans, then potatoes
but "don't stir the heck out of it"
(spuds will mush if you do )
boil 15 more minutes
salt and pepper to taste
The secret ingredient: a dash of sugar.

(She used home canned green beans, hence the "quart" measurements. If you use fresh beans, you'll need to cook em a bit longer before adding the potatoes).

Even if you've never had this soup before, I guarantee it'll remind you of home.

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