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.
Got an email this morning: I found your Hesch family website while researching information for our centennial celebration for Holy Cross parish in Onamia (which includes St. Therese). One of the Crosiers just took photos of the church because a new cross was erected at the door. Enjoy. Tina Dickson Onamia, MN ...isn't that NEAT? When we were last there, I assumed the church was abandoned because of its condition, but Tina says there's a mass there on Sundays at 11:00, but that there are only about 12 parishioner families left. Funny, I never knew it was called St Therese, but that's who the Little Flower was, after all, and who the statue depicts. You think it had something to do with the fact that Theresa was Sr Laura's birth name? lol
Thank you, Tina!
Even more info about the Little Flower mission church: Sr Laura designed the shape of the building--she said it was a symbolic blending of our culture and the Ojibwe culture, so one half looks like a teepee, and the other looks more like a house or settlers cabin. The architecture only makes sense if you know that....☺