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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Sunday, January 16, 2011

A painting of St Michael

In the book I've been quoting lately ("Aitkinsville to Zerf"), Mr Faust mentions the interior of St Michaels Church in Buckman:

"Architecture of the church is beautiful and unique in many ways.  Many of the furnishings are truly from another world.  A 40 X 90 foot oil painting of St Michael was procured from Bernard Richter in St. Annaberg, Schleisen, Germany.  The Sacred Heart statue came from the Tyrol area in Austria.  The fourteen highly detailed Stations of the Cross are carved from wood and incredibly beautiful".

Now, if you've been a faithful reader of HH, the town of St Annaberg, Schleisen might ring a bell with you...(Yeah, I'd be amazed if it actually  When dad's uncles Math and Theo went to Europe in 1914, they toured St Annaberg, which was near Guschwitz, where our Otrembas and Hortsch's came from, in Poland.  There almost has to be a connection through them, I'd think.

And I wondered about the painting--WHERE would they have put something of that size?  40 X 90 is bigger than the floor space of my house.  So, I emailed our friend ANON, who answered that the painting has, for some years, been in the crying room in the SE corner in back of the church, but "It is currently in a really neat place on the stairwell going from the new community center into the church from the NE entrance". He thinks it's more like 4 X 9 feet ☺.

Now I need to go to Buckman and take a picture of the painting and of the Sacred Heart statue.

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