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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Friday, September 10, 2010

Cardboard Barrels

Ok, today a client and I were talking about what fun it was when older cousins or friends sent hand-me-down clothes for us to sort through and wear.  She's almost 30 years older than I am, but we both remembered getting cardboard barrels full of clothes--and that both our mothers used cardboard barrels to store off-season clothes (like winter coats in the summer).
Good memories.
But neither of us could remember where those barrels originally came from--what was shipped in them?  Or, if you could buy new empty cardboard barrels, who sold them?

Do YOU know?


  1. I never had a barrel. I am the oldest of six children and I always got the new clothes because there were not any cousins. However, my brother always had recycled clothing and my sisters who were 11 and 13 years younger also got newer clothes.

  2. I have two such barrels, from the mid 50's, and they were used to ship bakelite to the Barber Coleman Co., in Rockford, ILL.