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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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Zenner's Grocery Store

HOORAY,  we know a bit more history now:
"Zenner's was [first] owned and operated as John and Joe Brandl's Harness and Shoe shop. Since Della was John's daughter, it was only natural for her and her new husband, Killian, to assume the recently-vacated building, since the advent of the automobile prompted John and Joe to build Brandl Brothers Garage next door. Several other former grocery stores in Buckman had closed and in c. 1924 the old Schmolke Grocery Store, then already the Herb Hartmann Grocery, had just burned down and Buckman actually was open to a "new" grocery..." (Thanks, Anon!)
These photos are from the MNHS website...since none of the 'interior' pics from the database have more ID than this, we just have to compare the space to what we know, and speculate. 
I think the chances of this being the Brandl Harness and Shoe Shop are pretty good, since there's a door in the back left corner, as well as another way in back that would have gone to Zenners' stockroom, and one in the right corner alcove (would have opened into the sausage room).  The building is shaped right.  The corker for me is the boxy-looking thing on the shelf behind Mr Brandl (top left in one pic, top right in the other).  It was made of brick print corrugated paper, placed to cover the stove pipe hole in the wall.  It was still there in 1972 when we removed it--almost 50 years later. Wow.
Killian Zenner and Adella Brandl were married  June 5, 1928, so that fits, too. 

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