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.
Makes ya shake your head, huh? To think that there ever was a push by shoe manufacturers to convince the population to buy Dress Shoes. According to the great national shoe weekly that Larry found on Google Books, some people just didn't think about it. Horrors!
We're not making this up...lol
This convincing poster was published in the Boot and Shoe RECORDER in 1921 to help merchants tell the hoi polloi that they were slobs without fancy shoes.
Evidently, the Schmolke/Blake team tried to get the word out about 'What the ladies think of men who are not well shod', but it didn't work in Buckman...that same issue of the Recorder had pages of notices, one of which shows Schmolke and Blake in the "Failures" column.
Wonder how Brandls did at the other end of the block, selling shoes in the Harness Shop?