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, October 24, 2009

Rice's Station, 14 April, 1886

From the St Paul GLOBE newspaper, 16 April 1886, this account of a wedding party in the path of the cyclone at Rice's Station (now Rice, Mn).
As I wandered around the public cemetery in Rice today, I was looking for names from the above list.  Two were tucked into the sod, almost invisible, and the third is a monument with the actual date on it.

                       John Souer, died 1886
Martin Souer, died 1886

"Mary A., daughter of John D and G?
April 14, 1886
10 Years, 11 Months and 2 Days"
 John D Trabent's father was injured that day, and his mother was killed, but they're not buried at Rice, tho John is. He died in 1890, as inscribed on the front of the stone.

1 comment:

  1. Mary was daughter of John D Trabant and Christine Arndt. They arrive in America 1869 with 4 children from Germany. In 1875 cenus they were in Alberta twp, Benton Co, MN with 8 children. By 1886 they farming near Rice's Station. They had 14 children total. The Cyclone of 1886 killed little Mary and her Mother. Many of the children went to live with friends or relatives. John died in 1890 a few months after marrying Margaret Marti Sauer (her husband, Martin Sauer) died of his injuries from the tornado 2 weeks later on May 5th. John Sauer was her brother in-law).