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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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Who was that man?

For years, I Thought I knew who all three of these people were.  The photo was taken in September 1947, the day dad's sister Fronie Hesch married Leo Karasch.  I've always imagined the wedding reception was held at the Karasch farm by the river, where Aunt Fronie and Uncle Leo lived all the years they were married, but it was more likely held at her parents' farm, east of Royalton.  (Maybe someone will let me know).  
The man on the left is my mom's dad, Anton Janson.  He would have been there as a relative by marriage.  
I thought the man in the middle might have been Anton's brother Wendelin, or maybe Sebastian, but my Janson relatives don't think so. 
Might he have been Leo's relative?  Mike Karasch (Leo's dad) had died the summer before, in 1946, so it's not him, either.

Any educated guesses?

1 comment:

  1. It's so weird but the Jansons are such a distinctive family. I can see my grandpa's smile in yours. Strong genes!