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, September 8, 2009

What did they do for fun?

Larry found this ad in the entertainment section of one of the newspapers in Winona, Mn. He wondered if Hesch-Weaver was a band, playing for a wedding dance? And, had I ever heard of Hannon's Pavilion?
But woohoo--This was Edna Hesch** and Theo Weaver's wedding dance in 1937! With a little research online, we discovered a whole LOT:
--Hannon's Pavalion was a very popular place between Arcadia and Waumandee, Wisconsin, in the 1920s and '30s. There are some 280 ads in the local Winona papers during those years! Many were for the big 4th of July celebrations, or for when the Carnival set up at the pavilion, but lots of those ads were announcing regular or wedding dances.

--Some of the wedding dances charged admission, but that helped the newlyweds because they got part of the proceeds.

--A FREE wedding dance was multi-purpose. Some people brought gifts, there were more people AT the dance, it was a good and fairly safe place to meet girls, and having a wedding dance at all prevented a Shiveree--remember those?

--The way it worked at a dance hall like Hannon's was the hall hired the band and promoted it, people came and paid admission (which paid the band), and the concession stand did big business if people had a really good

--We found an Arcadia Area History Tour brochure online, and one of the stops was at the Hannon's Pavilion site. A few pages from the brochure:

(Written by 88 year old Alice Hannon about her fond memories of the place).
This particular ad included a description of where the place was. Sounds like a lotta fun to me!
** Edna was the daughter of Mathias' son Valentine Hesch. Val stayed in Waumandee when his parents moved to Pierz, Mn in 1911. Edna's husband died in the early 40s leaving her with two sons, Roger and Francis Weaver.

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