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, February 24, 2011

 Reminding ourselves of stuff we've almost forgotten...
I was reminded the other day about "early mass" when we were kids.  On school days, it was simply "mass" but on Sundays, you had the choice of 6:30 or 8AM.  The LATE mass (9:30?) was only for very devout Catholics or real dolts who'd slept thru the earlier masses.  They were on their way to hell anyway.

No, we weren't all that holy--it was that, to receive communion, you had to fast from midnight, remember?  No solid food, just a little water if you absolutely had to.  I think that rule was messed with by moms who said "liquid" was permissible cuz they were the ones who had to deal with cranky hungry kids.

Made by the janitor
On school days, after mass, we had bottles of milk to break our fast.  Did we have cookies or graham crackers too?  I don't remember, but I do recall getting to punch the tops of the milk bottles once in awhile.  There was small chunk of sanded wood with a drinking-straw size piece of pointed metal sticking out of one side.  YES, 6-year-olds were trusted with such a thing, and DUH--no one got hurt.  A case of bottles was 6 rows of 6 bottles.  The lucky kid that day tried to go fast, but to hit most bottle tops dead center.  Thing is, you never got the chance to practice much--we're talking 40 kids taking turns--so your turn came around every eight weeks.  Then a straw was stuck in each bottle...OMG, no one washed their hands first!  Horrors.

Yeah, 40 kids, one nun.  And some kids were better than others--at marbles, or math, at running or batting, at reading or telling a joke, or singing, or art...  and we never ALL won an award--what would be the point?

"Self-esteem"?  It certainly wasn't the parents' or nuns' job to make us feel GOOD about ourselves. And ya know, we turned out anyway.

Next time, let's talk about bike riding, and pin curls, and kids working around the house, ok?

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