Wednesday, April 29, 2009
This first photo would have been about 1922, since mom looks about 6-7 years old (She's the little girl on the right). I don't know who the others are, but I suspect they're Janson or Naber relatives...maybe Bahns?
I DO know who these two are, cuz it was a family story. The tall girl was Adella Brandl (later, married to Killian Zenner). The Angel was my mom, Linda Janson, at 5 years old. (If you look closely, you'll see mom's wearing the same dress in both pictures).
The story had to do with the itchy garland of asparagus fern around moms' neck. Adella was serene, but the angel chaffed. If you click the picture, you can just make out something shiny on the front corner of the table.
The photographer showed her a nickel and asked her if she wanted it? Her eyes got huge, and she nodded. He put it on the table and said she could have it if she stood still for the pictures....
Obviously, mom got the nickel.
(BTW, I knew Della when she was old, and she STILL stood that way--a little canted to her left. She and mom were first cousins).
SUE just added to my collection! YAY, Sue!
This was probably in the 1920's too--the dress styles, and the bows on the angels' heads. Could the bows have been any larger...? Does anybody recognize any of these kids?
This was the ordination day of the priest (one of the Mischkes?) in the photo. His first mass was said in Buckman, and the ceremony included the middle girl as his "bride". He was symbolically marrying the church. The floral circle she carried symbolized his eternal commitment, I think.
They'd been married for 61 years when Rose died in February of 1981. Ted died a year later, in June of 1982.
(Photo credits: Judy, Irene and SUE!)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Here's the photo of Math and
And HERE 's the picture they had taken in Berlin, with "his girl" Lena. That's Theo, with the mustache. Woo-hoo!
St Michaels Cemetery, Buckman:
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I know you're asking yourself, "Why so MUCH stuff about John?" Well, because a cousin with pictures was heard from...lol She, of course, has researched her own grandpa, while we've researched mine.
Others (i.e., Laura, Louise and Irene) had pictures to share about their dad, so HE got a lotta space here.
I know...it's unfair! But trust that I'll post whatever pics you send, as long as they concern the HESCH family from my generation back in time...ok?
Saturday, April 25, 2009
rather than imprinted with their name...lol
These are John and Ket's daughters, Mary and Agnes, on the occasion of Mary's wedding to George Block. This is the Mary who was known as "Girlie", probably even as a child...evidently, parents didn't check around to see how many other kids were being named Mary at the same time...lol (There were four between 1886 and 1927, PLUS grandma Mary...)
What pretty dresses--looks like satin, and a fur or maribou hem for Agnes--COOL. This coulda been the girliest day in Girlie's life...lol (I just realized I've been waiting to use that pun ALL my life!)
Here's grandma, Elizabeth Sand Hesch...
Joseph Hesch, father of Paul, and brother of Anton....
Louis E Gottwalt--you can tell if he's unnamed in a photo because he's the only man with his hair parted on the right...
Friday, April 24, 2009
In this case, John Hesch's oldest daughter Mary was being Communed, and her sister Laura was drafted as her Angel.
BTW, I've never seen a smiling angel in ANY of those pictures. Also, I don't know if boys had Angels on this day...ahem.
Sue sent this picture, too. (YAY, SUE!)
We're pretty sure of most of them, figuring this was some ocassion in 1925--either John's birthday, or John and Ket's wedding anniversary, or possibly just a get-together because John was failing (he died in January of 1926).
If you see someone who's not identified, or who's wrongly identified, let me know, please.
One more question--well, two, actually...lol See the shadow of the photographer, lower left corner? Who would she have been? And, there are 4-5 UN-identified people. Any guesses?
Over a year later, we realized the couple to the right of Lizzy Hesch and below Louie Gottwalt Jr were probably John and Pauline Schmolke, next-door neighbors of John and Ket's. And see the kid between John Pratt and Katie Mueller Hesch? THAT was most likely my dad, Mike Hesch, who would have been 12 that summer (thanks to my sis Kath for realizing that!) Cool, huh?
Thanks to Sue, and to LARRY!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
One of the problems with German genealogy is the repetition of given names--this generation was absolutely peppered with Pauls and Johns, in honor of their Grandpa Paul and Great-grandpa John. I have seven Paul Heschs and five John Heschs so far...lol...not to mention the Paul or John cousins with different last names.
Sue mentioned her problem with Andrews and Josephs in the Suess clan--she has my sympathy!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sue said, "This is a post card of the Hesch Grocery in Buckman. Katie behind the counter, John sitting down as usual. Mary is cut off on the left – then Laura, Agnes and Paul. John Junior was not born yet". Paul was born in 1908, so this picture is probably from 1914-1915 or so? Later note from Sue--see the calendar behind Katie? "It was August 27, 1914, a Thursday..." Duh.
THIS photo is stunning--that's Sr Laura (Theresa) and Rose, sitting, and in back is Math and Frank. Larry thinks it was taken so they had a photo to take with them to Europe, to show the relatives: "See? We have a nun, and doesn't Rose look like Ma??"
Oh man, Sue sent more photos, too, but I don't want to post 'em all at ONCE! Theres one of a gathering of Gottwalts and Heschs, but Larry and I need to figure more of the people in it, first.
Teaser: Theres a Hortsch in it, and Hesch brothers, and Louie Gottwalt. YAY!!
John Hesch and Catherine Mueller, married in 1902. This photo was taken only a year after the sepia picture of the family, so you can really see which kid he was.
Sue said "Catherine Muller Hesch remarried to my grandfather’s father Andrew Suess" after John died in 1926. "Agnes Hesch Suess was my grandmother...Joan Suess Gilles was my mother. She grew up in Buckman and lived during the school year with her grandmother Catherine (Katie) Hesch Suess".
'Aggie Suess' was a familiar name from my childhood, but I doubt I ever asked who she was...lol Now, I need to go enter this info on my tree so it's clear to me.
Oh, and see? Nelson Photo Studio took this portrait, too!
THANKS AGAIN, SUE!
Added 2-3 days later:This is John at 19 years old, in 1897. Wonder where he got that jacket, huh?
And another, of John about 25 years later...