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.
Ok, so I was in a "cuttin out pictures" mode when I found the 1925 group shot taken the summer before John Hesch died. It was the one with Gottwalts, Popps and Heschs.
Of the 27 visible people in the picture, we identified all but 3, I think. The couple on the left, here, were standing next to Grandma, but we still don't know who they were. Looks like she had light eyes, and he had a mustache....any ideas who the might have been?
Ahhh.....Larry thinks they mighta been Schmolkes, who lived next door, after all. This would have been John Jr (John Meinrad Schmolke) and his wife Pauline. Also, he would have been the same guy who transcribed all those WPA biographies 12 years later, in 1937.