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, April 2, 2010

Cold Spring Granite

Larry, the King of Tangents ®, left a comment on the post below mentioning the granite industry in Minnesota in general, and Cold Spring Granite in particular.  (Yes, this really IS how we go looking for stuff--no plan, just curiosity...) 
I finally found the broader view I had of Sr Laura's grave, and yes, it is a table-like structure, made of granite. (The other side of the table memorializes a priest, but I didn't recognize his name).          The stone most likely came from Cold Spring.  (It's possible that Larry has 'more than a passing interest' in granite because of his state, Georgia, and it's own granite industry--being an eastern state, granite was found there much earlier than here in Minnesota). Wow!
Cold Spring, Minnesota pretty much grew around the granite industry.  It's an attractive town in a beautiful part of the Sauk River valley.  The granite works used to be right in town, but they moved in 2007 to the west side.
Sr Laura's memorial seems to be a stone called Moonlight Grey, quarried in Rockville, Minnesota.

☺...need any more info, yer Majesty?

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