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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Monday, March 29, 2010

Sr Laura, O.S.B.

My dad's aunt, Sr Laura, was a missionary to the Ojibwe near Onamia, Minnesota, beginning about 1941.  (If you visit the Mille Lacs Casino, you'll see what's left of those buildings at the south end of the casino parking lot).
I don't know if she had funding from the convent or diocese, but if she did, it was she mailed  a newsletter to her Spiritual Mother's group (Catholic moms who "adopted" Indian children), and basically tapped any friend or relative who came by.  In fact, almost everyone who met Sr Laura has a story about being asked for a
Here's one of the letters that I found among the closet photos:
It's actually pretty interesting!

1 comment:

  1. I once had a bone marrow transplant patient (2year old) whose grandfather is from the Onamia area in MN and who reroofed Sr. Laura's house for her. 6 degrees of separation. Love, Coogie