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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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Can anyone ID this picture?

This 'angel' is standing near the stucco house  that Anon says is Frank Hortsch's old house, later Joe Mischke's and eventually Willie Lochner lived there in the 70's...she's facing west, and the "new" convent is in the distance on the right.  Across the road on the right side of the pic would be St Michaels Church and the Hall...the building behind her head was Brandl's Harness shop/ later Zenners, but we think this is considerably earlier than 1930.
The photo is one Sue sent, so it was among the pics she inherited from her mom Joan, or grandma Aggie Suess or great grandma Ket Mueller-Hesch-Suess.  Larry thinks the kiddo might be a Mueller, or a Mueller relative (ok, so that does leave quite a few other possibilities ☺). 

We'd like to know WHO she is, but even more, we'd like to know WHEN this was.  One answer will probably also answer the other question, huh?

There's a car on the street--it might tell us a year, if someone can identify it by such a small picture.  We know too that big hair bows were in fashion in Buckman after about 1918.  This pic with Laura Hesch was about 1921, since she would have been 12 here (she was born in 1909).  Her angel had a VERY big bow!

This is my mom ◄ who was born in 1915.  She's maybe 7 here, so it's most likely 1922.  I also have a pic of mom with her  sister when they're about 2 and 4 years old.  In that pic, mom's wearing a big bow.  The earliest THAT photo could be is 1919.

Below, Adela Brandl is the tall girl on the left, and her big bow is behind her head, but the little Janson and Brandl girls on the right have big bows.  We know this was 1921.

As for the car in the photo, Larry thinks its a 1909-1911 Ford Model T.  The Brandls sold Fords and were building the garage about 1920-21.  Might the car have been theirs?

Here's a wonderful page of early FORD cars.  

So, any ideas about who or when?

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