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, July 12, 2010

Circus, Circus !!

I have no idea how this subject came up, but Larry and I were talking about circus trains, and had I ever seen one?  (He grew up in Hawaii where there were no trains--can you imagine?)  But yes, when we lived in St Cloud, we were about a half block from the Great Northern tracks, and once or twice we saw real circus trains.
This pic is from a town in Wisconsin, but it's basically what we saw, tho I don't remember many people around, and the cars seemed to be more scruffy and faded than these are.  Still, it brought memories.....

In about 1956 or 57, dad took his 4 daughters to a circus at the old Rox Ballpark in St Cloud.  It might have been to give mom a breather (Allan was born in August, 1956 ☺).  I remember understanding that this was an "economy" circus, not a 3-ring affair....there was one act at a time, out in the middle of the field: a man with dogs, a man with a tiger, a woman with ringmaster, and almost no  The last act we saw was a woman wearing a net skirt over a bathing suit.  She came out leading a large monkey, and the act seemed to be getting him to do fairly stupid tricks. The monkey was more and more reluctant to do what she wanted, until finally, he pulled her skirt off, and darted for the stands. NOW, the drama began.  Was the monkey real?  Or, was he a man in a monkey suit?  And, would/could a monkey hurt little girls?
LOL...we carried on till dad took us home...even he wasn't sure if it was real or not.
(BTW, this was a traumatic event for me--and poor Larry had heard it all before, so he was googling "Circus, St Cloud, Mn 1955-1957".  INCREDIBLY, he found a copy of Billboard Magazine from July 1957 with ◄this article!
I don't know if "Gil Gray" was the circus we saw or not, but TG we never went to a circus again.

Oh, and here're three photos of the Rox Municipal Ballpark in St Cloud.  It was torn down in 1971 to make room for a shopping center.

(Remember when there were TREES along Division Street?)
Posted a month later: Larry was looking thru another Billboard Magazine, this time from August 1945, and look at the amazing pic he found there:
This would have been just north of Little Falls.  Below's the article that went with it:

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