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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Monday, May 17, 2010

Buckman grocery stores

Ah, Anon has been doing research! 

I have a natural interest in Zenner's Grocery store because we owned it for a few years in the 1970s.  It was an old building but I never found out HOW old, until now ☺.  What sparked my interest tho, was this excerpt from "A History of Morrison and Todd Counties", published in 1915 ◄
We know that the "Brandl Brothers, John and Joseph...carry harness goods and shoes, etc" was the same building that became Zenners later.  Kilian & Adela Zenner bought the business sometime in the '30s, so what happened to it between 1915 and 1930?

Here's what Anon found out about the building by perusing old issues of the Pierz Journal:

"Built in 1910, it quit as Brandl Harness in 1917, when they built the garage. By 1925 it was Alex S. Johns' Confectionery, adding groceries right after the Buckman Mercantile* fire of June 6, 1927; I found ads for his store dating through 1927..... and in one of the ads, it clearly states that groceries will be added to his line of confectionery items..."

"*Buckman Mercantile was owned / managed by Herb Hartmann, son of P. A. Hartmann, the real owner, from 1924-1942 -- got the ad that states John Schmolke selling out lock, stock and barrel in late 1924 -- Buckman Mercantile burned to the ground on 6/6/1927, taking with it the Post Office and Blake's Grocery.
Hartmann then rented part of P.A. Mueller's Store & former Saloon for his own operations while the other store was being rebuilt.....That's when A. S. Johns added groceries too".

So, Alex Johns owned it as a confectionery /grocery store from c. 1918 until Zenners bought it in the early 30s?  The building had an addition on the north side which Anon says were living quarters for Brandls (Charlie was born there), and it was a barbershop in the 1940s.  By the time we bought it, the addition was part of the grocery.

More than you ever wanted to know about a building that exsists only in memory, huh?


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