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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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fr Francis X. Pierz

Ooo, remember the book report you were assigned to do about Fr. Pierz, back in 6th grade?  If ONLY you'd found this book, with this 'short biographical sketch', huh?

Ok, it isn't THAT long, and Fr Francis Pierz sounds like a kind, gentle man. 

 These eight pages are from a book called "The Life and Labors of Right Reverend Fredric Baraga, First Bishop of Marquette, Michigan".  Evidently, Baraga and Pierz were from the same area of Austria and were friends.

It's cool too that the county Fr Pierz came from, Carniola,  in English translates to "Krain", which happens to be the name of a township in Stearns county, Mn.  Either it was named in Fr Pierz' honor, or maybe the settlers were mostly from there.
BTW, our buddy Heinz emailed to explain where  Carniola is:  I wasn't sure I understood, so heres the CARNIOLA entry from Wikipedia:

Carniola (SloveneKranjskaGermanKrainItalianCorniolo) was a historical region that comprised parts of what is now Slovenia. As part of Austria-Hungary, the region was a crown land officially known as the Duchy of Carniola (Vojvodina Kranjska, Herzogtum Krain) until 1918.
THANKS, Heinz! 

When Larry found this book on Google Books, he was pretty sure he remembered that Bishop  Baraga was somehow connected to Fr Pierz, and he was right.
Go get your bowl of popcorn and then click each page to biggify...ok?
(Oh, and don't miss the comment below from ANON ☺ LOL--Thanks, Anon!)

1 comment:

  1. I read the whole article. He was ok. It did not mention that he advertised in Germany for Catholics to come to Minnesota because the land was too good to waste on non-Catholics.