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.
Yesterday, I had a chance to see a band that plays ♪♫ just for FUN! This is Eddie Hiemenz and friends, who play once a month at an Assisted Living nearby. (Eddie is dad's cousin--their mothers were sisters). I'm pretty sure they play at other nursing homes around the area, too. That's Ed, playing the squeezebox in this song--he brings 4-5 instruments along, and picks up a different one depending on the key of each song.
Yup, they play harmonica, too ☺. The residents absolutely love 'em--they play a mix of 40s tunes, waltzes and polkas. It's a room full of old toes tapping!