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, October 6, 2009

Old pictures of St Cloud, Minnesota

Buckman and Pierz are about 40 miles from here, and I lived in Buckman for only 2 years out of my life. The town that's most familiar to me is St. Cloud.

We were talking about St C one day, and, as usual, Larry was googling as we (I) He found these images of St Cloud at the California Historical Society website...who knew?

The library I knew as a kid--St Cloud's Carnagie Library.

Barden Park, where the St Cloud Municipal Band played on summer evenings. I remember sitting in the car as a kid, in our PJs, and honking the horn after every song--wow, that was FUN!
The St Cloud Hospital waiting room, and yes, it was exactly that hushed and austere. I remember 'S'ter police' and itchy upholstery.

These two buildings faced each other across the street (Holy Angels school, above, and Holy Angels Church, below). Cathedral High School's South Building blocked most of this view when we went to CHS. The church, below, is now a very nice performing arts center, but with a shorter steeple.  The original church was gutted by fire in 1933.  It was rebuilt, but not to it's former elegance.
AND, here are a few St Cloud pics from a favorite site called Minnesota Reflections .

(Notice, below, that Immaculate Conception Church (the German Catholic church)  originally faced north).

THIS news report concerns the town where I live now--St Joseph, Mn. It was published in the July 30th, 1906 edition of the Duluth Tribune.
I love the idea that so many newspapers are available and searchable online!


  1. I grew up in St. Cloud in the 50's and 60's and loved running across your post. Also, the Hesch name sounds terribly familiar to me...but I'd have to ask the rest of my family what the connection is. My last name was Kalkman. My great uncle Ed and, for a time, Joe, each lived in/by St. Joe...the others were closer to Melrose :~)

  2. Me again - also from Austria was my great grandmother, whose maiden name was Pogatchnik. Her family settled in the same area...Albany or Melrose maybe...when she was only a year old. She grew up and married there (a Kalkman), who owned the Melrose general store, and later moved to St. Cloud. Those would've been interesting settlements back in the day...

    So...please tell me, where was/is Buckman?

  3. Hmm...Kalkman sounds familiar too :^) Did you go to Cathedral?
    It's funny that on a family blog, the most popular posts are about St Cloud and Lake George. BTW, Pierz is east of Little Falls, and Buckman is 5 miles south of Pierz on Hiway 25.
    Thanks for commenting!