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, January 6, 2011

An old Carson, Pirie, Scott Catalog

Of the thousands of items pictured in this catalog from the wholesale house of Carson, Pirie, Scott in Chicago, this tiny one-man-band caught my eye.'d have to have a small nose to play it, I think.

Quite a few of the harmonicas were from Germany, and I saw the words "Getsetzlich geschutzt" on many of them.  Ha--it wasn't the company name, it translates to "protected by law"...☺

Here's the pdf file of the whole catalog from 1893-94. (Click "read online").
 You'll love it!

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