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, June 15, 2011

How do YOU pronounce...

Are these flowers Peonies (PEE-uh-nees) or are they Peonies (Pee-OH-nees)?  They smell lovely, and I've only found two ants so far.

BTW, I'm in the PEE-uh-nee group, just so ya know.


  1. I am dying to know....I think Pee-UH-Knees sounds more elegant.

  2. I'm in the PEE-uh-knees group. My sister used to be a florist so I should know.

  3. My grandpa Beleal from North Dakota always called them pee-uh-nees so I pronounce them the same. I have never been able to grow them until recently because they need a period of cold and I've only lived in coastal temperate climates where they did poorly. They grow great in Alaska and surprisingly there is a serious effort to export them to the Far East as our growing season is opposite theirs. Imagine.

    OT, but what is up with this Bachman candidate? Is she really Palin's lost sister? If so, can you make her stop?


  4. Marlys, I also have a question about pom pom chrysanthemums. Are they out of fashion? I never see them in floral arrangements in Alaska and I love them!

  5. Gawd, I haven't thought about pom poms since I left the shop, but you're right. The industry seems to be more into novelty mums--the chartreuse ones, and the viking (looks like little sunflowers). I suppose they're more lucrative?

    Oh SIGH, Deborah! There is nothing I can do about Michelle except be SO embarrassed she hails from here. I have a 91-year-old client who figured out which way I lean politically, so he brings her up today. He says he doesn't hear any goofs and stupid remarks from her--he thought I should be impressed that she's "raised 23 foster kids" over the years, plus her own five. (She was a foster parent for seven years, no easy job, but she sure didn't RAISE any of em in that time). Still that's what he took away from listening to her. But then, he loves your girl He made quite a show of reading her book when I was
    Ah, well...see why I prefer relatives who no longer have an opinion? ☺

  6. I know, I too meet people who seem to think our ex-quitter governor is well spoken and yet when I listen I can't make out what the *#@!! she is talking about!

    Go figure. As to relatives who no longer have an opinion ... is there really such a trait and why did it skip my DNA? Sometime I think it would be nice to let go of the background noise.

  7. LOL...I was actually thinking more of great-grands who died before I was born. Didn't occur to me to consider the opinions (not to mention GUILT) we grew up absorbing whether we knew it or not.
    That reminds me of a joke from my childhood:

    A mom gave her son two shirts for his birthday. Next morning, he came downstairs wearing one of them. She said, "The other one you didn't like?"
    Built-in guilt--it was their legacy right along with the