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, July 24, 2010

Which one was he?

Last night, Larry mentioned that we still have a mystery concerning Grandma's brother, Charlie Sand.  He's the most elusive for a number of reasons:

What we know about him for sure is that he was closest in age to Elizabeth (Grandma), and they were children of Mike Sand and Louisa Rausch. ( In the photo, Elizabeth is second from left, and Charlie is on the right). He was born in December, 1887 and she was born in December 1889, according to the 1900 census, below.
(I always thought grandma was born in 1888!).

We know too that Charlie left home as soon as he could.  We found him next in the 1911 Canadian census in  Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, but now he had a wife named Elizabeth.  He was 24 and she was 19.  Who was she, and how did they meet?  Well, the World's Best Researcher found her death certificate in Wenatchee, Washington where we know they eventually settled and owned an orchard...

Name: Elizabeth A. Sands
Death Date: 02 Nov 1943
Death Place: Wenatchee, Chelan, Washington
Gender: Female
Age at Death: 51 years 11 months 24 days
Estimated Birth Year: 1892
Birth Date:
Birth Place:
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Charles S. Sands
Father's Name: Frank Colwell
Father's Birth Place:
Mother's Name: Alelene Roberts
Mother's Birth Place:
Street Address:
Burial Place:
Burial Date:
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 2024170
Digital GS Number: 4224850
Image Number: 1804
Volume/Page/Certificate Number: 166
Collection: Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960

WOW!  So Larry checked Minnesota census records for Frank Colwell , and found him, his wife Addie and oldest daughter Elizabeth in Popple township, Itasca county, Mn in 1905, when Elizabeth was 13.
So, when Charlie left home, it looks like he went to the logging camps up north. Evidently, Charlie and Elizabeth decided against Saskatchewan, cuz here they are in Mn:
In 1918 when men signed up for the WWI draft, we had a problem--there were at least six 'Charles Sand' registrations in the US, and more than one was  born December 18th.  Wow. So, which one was ours?  If this one is Grandma's brother, why did he say he was born in 1885?  Ahh, because that would make him OLDER, and perhaps less eligible for fighting a war.  (Cook is in St Louis County, near Duluth, Mn).

We know Charlie and Elizabeth were working for a mining company in Idaho in 1920--he was a foreman and she was a cook in their boarding house.  Here's a description of the company they worked for, we think.  The "town" in the 1920 census is Continental Divide, Idaho.
Oh, and look what else Larry found:

Certificate No C-67
Date of marriage 1/22/1911
Groom's name CHARLES SAND

Wow.  THANKS to Larry!!!

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