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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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A truly horrid craft project

(Filed under WWTT or, What Were They Thinking?!)
My siblings will attest to the fact that I usually had some sort of craft project going when we were kids--from paper mache on balloons with kids I babysat for, or building something in the garage (only when dad wasn't around), or seeing how to make a bicycle carry more stuff, or pastels from Sr Laura and really COOL paper, to the tree house....there was usually a project going on.  I would have LOVED this book, or one like it back then:

It's called The Young Craftsman, published in 1943 with "descriptions of over 450 easy craft projects"...mostly from back issues of Popular Mechanics Magazine.  I'm not sure if the nifty project below came from this book or another similar book I found at Internet Archive, but I'm sure you'll agree--if a kid made this gawd-awful, frightening thing, he would probably have made it for dad, for Father's Day.  Would dad scream when he opened the box?  It'd be fun to find out.
     There's still time, kids--you have ten whole days.


  1. Oh I see a christmas present in someone's future. Dilly loves craft projects.....

  2. What's water glass? Dilly would need that to complete this project. Oh wait - I googled it. You can buy it online (of course) or you can make your own from silica beads and drain cleaner. Wheee - another craft project - and this one involves DRAIN CLEANER!!!

    Love - GA Noona

  3. Smoked salmon anyone?
    Sorry...(ducking out of way of, i did it again.. just for the hallibut.
    What do you get when you cross a musical keyboard and a fish?
    A piano tuna.
    What do they call it when you are trying to catch seafood in Japan?
    Nuclear fission... you get it, right? Fission/Fishin'...
    Okay, that's my time...we'll be here till Thursday... try the veal.. don't forget to tip your server...

  4. How funny! Last night I watched "The Piano" because we went to New Zealand this winter. So I and googled the name of the author of the story "The Piano" and came up with Dorothy Canfield. And look what cool book she also wrote:

    This is right up my alley because, as a kid, I loved making dioramas, adding to my rock collection, hiking and learning card games!

    I am still wondering whether this is the same person who wrote "The Piano" ...


  5. Wow! Four comments - and now five! I think that's a record. It's almost like people read this blog or something. Congrats!


  6. I particularly like the Snidely Whiplash look of the man with the cig, about to crush it into the maw of a bass as tho that's what fish heads were made for. TG I never tried it-a sunfish wouldn't have had the same impact rocking on its' gills...
    Whew, I can smell fish guts just talking about it!

    Oh, and Hi, Deborah! Did your school have kids make a medieval castle out of 6th grade, I think. that was fun!

  7. Marlys,
    Actually all I remember of the school-generated dioramas is making one with my father for fourth grade and it involved making a lot of "bricks" on cardboard, so I am guessing it had to do with a state of Washington historical building. Other dioramas were more interesting and involved lots of animals and rocks. I was never bored!

    My kids each made a California mission in their fourth-grade classes. I was always a little surprised how they featured the poor treatment of California Indians in their dioramas. Nothing escaped their notice.