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.
Remember this copper cart-thing I posted at the end of October? (Click "Mystery" in the side bar under LABELS). Well, I sent it to a website called What is it? , and heard from the author tonight. He's posting it tomorrow.
Maybe we'll be able top move it to "Mystery solved".
Well, here's the best guess, from an online discussion group:
"The small cart is probably for a doctor, nurse or barber. It
has a decidedly medical flavor to it. The lower cabinet could hold a
lamp or candle which would keep the water in the upper basin at a good
temperature, the little attachment boxes are hung off the top for easy
accessibility and easy to rearrange to suit the individual's needs.
If I had to pick one, because of the wheels and the lower height, I'd
guess it was wheeled about by a nurse or orderly and used to change
dressings in a hospital most likely at night. The lower glass
cabinet, with perforated doors allowing air for combustion, would also
shed light at a lower level so it wouldn't disturb the other patients
with light shining in their eyes".
All the other guesses ( dry sink, pastry cart, portable cook stove, chicken brooder (!?), etc, seemed wrong, or off the mark. This use seemd plausible, tho.