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, November 6, 2010

The Papermaster Building

In 1935-36, mom attended a business school in St Cloud called Drews Business College.  For years, I thought it was located above Petters Furs but according to the letterhead ►it was upstairs in a building south of Sears, a block west of the fabric and fur the Papermaster Building.

Of course, Larry googled the name ☺ and found a listing of Jewish families in the Midwest.  Theres a lovely family history online too, explaining how Rabbi Benjamin Papermaster came to Grand Forks, ND and after many years of service died there in 1934.  (No mention of St Cloud).

Dr Ted Papermaster was born in St Cloud to Herman and Sonia Papermaster, according to the 1920 Census.  He served in WWII, and googling his name found this:

++++++++++++++++++++++Over two years later:  We heard from the granddaughter of  Herman "Bert" Papermaster today, who said that Burt owned the building and also ran "Valet Cleaners" (she thinks) to the north...and when Sears burned down, so did the cleaners.  THANKS, Carol!  That's another piece of the puzzle ☺. 
++++++++++++++++++++++ And almost FOUR years later still: Stearns History Museum posted photos of the Sears, Robuck fire on Facebook in February 2016:
"March 1, 1957 had been a chilly day. With a subzero temperature and a gusty 20 mile an hour wind, one of the most devastating fires in St. Cloud, Minnesota’s history burst into flames on 6th Avenue South. Several businesses—the Sears and Roebuck store, Central Paint and Wallpaper, St. Cloud Hobby Shop, Binsfeld Jewelry, Gust Erdtmann Tailor Shop and Liftin Barber Shop—were all destroyed." (Pic at bottom of this post).


Ok, now we know pieces of the story of the Papermaster building....I suspect it was Ted's parents building, but so far, we don't know.  Here's where it was (the double line is St Germain):

Even later:  2015, a Facebook site called "St Cloud Remembered" posted a pic from the Stearns History Museum...and later, a photo of that block, with Valet Cleaners.  (Now, everything you see in these pictures is Herberger's parking lot south of the store).  

The Papermaster Building, 
20 6th Ave S, St Cloud, Mn.

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