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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Friday, March 19, 2010

Was this Schmolkes Store?

Whoever took these photos in Morrison County, Minnesota in 1925 took the one on the right first, cuz he moved the seed rack to get a more unobstructed view. 
(I think of these two photos as the "washline store pics" because of the overhead string of advertising cards.  The near one is actually a pipe, and the far one is more of a washline...which I'm SURE you needed to
ANYWAY...I combined the two pics so we have a better idea of what the store looked like when you walked in.  Just imagine the repeated men as random customers, ok?

This was definitely a General Store--fabric, shirts, probably some jewelry, paint, canned goods, seeds, coffee...and if this store WAS Schmolkes--no wonder they didn't succeed with shoes.  They seem to be in boxes along the top of the left shelves there...
If this really was SCHMOLKE's STORE, then the first two men behind the counter on the right might be John Schmolke Jr. and Pete Blake.
Dang!  Anon says that, according to his information, Schmolkes sold the store to Herb Hartmann well before 1925, and that, in fact, the place burned down in 1924.  When you think about it, this store DOES seem awfully well-stocked for a town the size of Buckman. Still.....

Anon AND I could both be WRONGlol

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