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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Saturday, July 30, 2011


Now, Kelzenburg's a name that pops up over and over in Hesch and Morrison Co history, but the Kelzenberg name was even less likely to be included in books than Hesch was, it seems.   The best I can do here (and still get stuff done around the house today) is to post the relevant items I have in my Gen file and let you take it from there, ok?

Let's start with Theodore & Katherina, early Kelzenbergs with the good sense to settle in Buckman:  

See their son Hubert on the census there?  

Birth: Mar. 6, 1870, Germany
Death: Jun. 27, 1958

Services At Buckman For Hubert Kelzenberg

Funeral rites were held at St. Michael's church, Buckman, Monday, June 30th, for Hubert Kelzenberg, 88, who passed away at the St. Cloud hospital at 3:30 p.m., Friday, after a month's illness due to cancer. Officiating at the rites at 11 o'clock, with interment in the Buckman cemetery was Rev. Robert Schulzetenberg.

Pallbearers were two grandson, Alfred and Leon Kelzenberg and four grandnephews, Leander Brausen, Hubert Grundhoefer, Alfred Grundhoefer and Galen Mueller.

He was born in Germany March 6, 1870 and settled at Buckman for 80 years, having resided in St. Cloud the past 8 years. He married Anna Roos at Buckman; she preceded him in death, 1919.

Following are the five sons which survive: Henry, Buckman; Hubert and Gilbert, St. Cloud; Theodore, Minneapolis; and Herman, Columbia, South Carolina.

There are twenty grandchildren.
 I started looking for the family on the various plat maps I have of Buckman township.  Couldn't find them in 1892, so they were probably renting land at first. The 1885 census above has Muellers living on one side and Dehlers living on the other.  Sounds like the area near CB Buckman's land, so west and north of town. Here, tho, is the 1902 Buckman township plat and "T. Kelzenberger" owns 80 acres a mile south and 2 miles east of Buckman.  Trivia: Did you know  that the little square on each acreage was where the house/buildings were located?
One of Hubert's sons, Henry, married Olivia Dehler.  They were the Kelzenberg couple I knew best:
Birth: Apr. 13, 1909
Death: Oct. 11, 1995

Olivia Kelzenberg

Olivia Dehler Kelzenberg, age 86, a resident of Buckman, MN died October 11, 1995 at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial was October 13 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Buckman with Father Ron Dockendorf officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Olivia was born in Lastrup, MN on April 13, 1909 to John and Margaret (Zenner) Dehler. She graduated from St. Francis High School in Little Falls, MN in 1919. She was a graduate of the St. Cloud Normal School (college) and taught in District # 17 West of Buckman. Olivia was a great supporter of education while working as a homemaker and mother. Her special intersts were cooking and quilting.

Survivors include her husband, Henry of Buckman; children, Alfred and wife Donna (Sahr) of Shoreview, MN, Norman and wife Barbara (Carli) of Spring Lake Park, MN, Leon and wife Jean (Sitzman) of Watertown; Lou Ann and husband Del Hoppe of White Bear Lake, MN, Dennis and wife Beverly (Hoheisel) of St. Cloud, James and wife Sue (Williamson) of Rochester, MN, Ollie and wife Kim (Doring) of Brooklyn Park, MN, Reuben and wife Sandra (Gross) of Chanhassen, MN; 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Julia Brixius, Sr. Herbert OSB, Armella Otremba, Herbert Dehler, Rita Stumpf and Margaret Tschida. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Alfred, Henry, Edwin, Lawrence and Roman; sisters, Alma and Marie.

Casketbearers were her grandchildren, Rob, Tony, Peter and Debra Kelzenberg, Steve Hoppe and Lynn Jurek.

Olivia's family, kids and sibs, sound like a who's who of Buckman ☺.

The two faces I know for sure are Gibbs and dad, on the right.
I think that's Hubie on the left, and another brother?
Two of Henry's brothers were Hubert (Hubie) and Gilbert (Gibbs), who were dad's friends from home when we lived in St Cloud.  Gibbs and his family lived a couple blocks south of us, and I think Hubie was close too, but I don't know for sure. Anyway, Gibbs was the one who played St Nick and scared the beejeebers out of me when I was 5.  Still traumatized, more than 50 years later.

Any other Kelzenberg info we should include?

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