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 1, 2011

Postcards from St Annaberg

Here's an early illustration of the towers in the Polish town of Oppeln (Opole).  There's St Annaberg at #1, top left.  Evidently, the shrine to St Ann has been there a long time, according to Wikipedia:
Góra Świętej Anny [ˈɡura ˈɕfʲɛntɛj ˈannɨ] (German: Sankt AnnabergAnnaberg; Silesian: Anaberg, both names mean "Saint Anne's Mountain") is a village in the Opole VoivodeshipStrzelce County, and Gmina Leśnica of Poland.[1] The village is located on the hill from which its name derives, and a 15th-century church and monastery dedicated to Saint Anne are located in the village. The settlement lies within the protected area called Góra Świętej Anny Landscape Park. 
The picture above is undated, but since the town looks small, and the wall's  intact, plus the captions are in German, I would guess it's from the mid-1800s or so.  Anyway, Es macht keinen  I'm just explaining the picture ☺.

Now, here's a card Larry found of the 'Mountain' itself with a numbered legend.  Translating those words, #1 is the church and monastery at the top.  Evidently, pilgrims or visitors would work their way down, visiting small shrines along the way.  Most of the stations seem to be commemorating events in the last few days of Jesus' life...but then, #4 is a "grave and Ascension" (or Assumption)....#11 is Herod, #12 is Pilate and #16 is the heart of Mary, so it's all a bit mixed up.  

(When I see something like this, with barely visible numbers all over, I have a compulsion to make it clearer if I can.  I don't know if it helps, or if ANYONE will care, but I feel better  And yes I know 4, 5, and 6 are missing...argh!)

Aw, c'mon--click to enlarge, ok?


  1. I clicked. And just to make you feel good, I even clicked on the unimproved one. You're welcome.

  2. Thanks, Noon! I DO feel better ☺