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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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Anton Otremba's Pilgrimage Journal

If you happen to google "Anton Otremba", one of the hits includes this quote:

Anton was Sr Laura's mother's dad...born in 1828 in Groder, Falkenburg, Prussia (or, Groditz, Tillowitz, Schlesien, Deutschland).  The story goes that, as the young father of 2-3 kids, he decided on making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, on foot.  His wife was understandably against it, but he went anyway. 
He kept a journal of the trip, and brought it along when they emmigrated to America.  He died in 1883 in Buckman, Minnesota, when his goddaughter/grandaughter Theresa (Sr Laura) was a year old.  She inherited the book.
Larry wondered HOW this Fr Dalmet was connected enough to quote Anton's journal...did he know her?

It turns out that two Crosier priests, who happened to be from Buckman, wrote a book called Pray Today's Gospel: reflections on the day's good news (for personal, family and homiletic use).  They lived in Onamia, Mn, where the Crosier Seminary is located...just a few miles from Sr Laura's Little Flower Mission.  They were Bernard C. Mischke and Fritz (Fridolin) Mischke (and yes, they've been featured here
Amazing, huh?  Fr Dalmet obviously had a copy of the Mischke book, and Larry made the connection!
BTW, who knew there even was a word like 'Homiletic'?

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