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, April 3, 2010

Sr Laura "goes public" in 1948

Old newspapers really are a wonderful source when we're looking for 'relative' recent history (doncha love puns?)
This week, Larry and I seemed to be focused on Sr Laura.  He found these articles mentioning her efforts on behalf of the Ojibwe living around Mille Lacs Lake.    YES-- a Hesch actually sought publicity:

These articles were in the Brainerd Dispatch, but were quickly picked up by the Minneapolis/St Paul papers, it seems.  They were published  the 15th, 16th and 17th of February, 1948--and look how things escalated in three days!   Sr Laura made a claim that there were starving families--so close to home.  Shocking, for sure.  Hard to believe it was happening in Minnesota, in AMERICA....eventually,  even the govenor got involved.

WWII had ended 3 years before, and there was a feeling of good fortune and bright futures among the newly returned GIs and their young families.  Most of our parents' generation were married in the years after WWII.  There were amazing things happening in the rest of the world, too.       (Ok, this next stuff is partly filler to accompany long skinny columns, but it's interesting too ☺)

In the year 1948.......
NBC-TV began airing its first nightly newscast, "The Camel Newsreel Theatre," which consisted of "20th Century Fox- Movietone News" newsreels.

Congress adopted and President Truman signed the Marshall Plan, which allocated more than $5 billion in aid for 16 European countries

The 1st Polaroid camera was sold in US.

Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, was arrested in Birmingham Alabama for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes."

The 200-inch reflecting telescope at the Palomar Mountain Observatory in California was dedicated.
The "Texaco Star Theater" made its debut on NBC-TV with Milton Berle hosting the first program.
Columbia Records publicly unveiled its new long-playing phonograph record in New York.
New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey nominated for president.
The Berlin Airlift began in earnest as the United States, Britain and France started ferrying supplies to the isolated western sector of Berlin.
New York International Airport at Idlewild, later renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport, was officially opened.
Garry Trudeau, political cartoonist (Doonesbury), was born.

Whittaker Chambers, an editor for Time Magazine and a former Communist, told a hearing of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) that he was a courier of stolen government documents in a Communist espionage operation during the 1930s, some of which were supplied by Alger Hiss.

Julia Child enrolled in the Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris.

I think people wanted to help, and Sr Laura's plea was starting to be heard.  By the winter of 1949, she must have been asked again (below), but now, she knew what worked.  The rest, as they say, is history...


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