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, August 9, 2011

Duluth, Minnesota 1923

I love old photos of Duluth. It was our vacation destination pretty often when I was a kid, so that made it special.  And then, if you were in Duluth taking pictures anyway, why not include the harbor/lake if possible?  Which almost always included a steep hillside, like this...
The pic was in Aggie's album with others from 1923.  It's so typical of images in my head from Duluth.  You're 3 or 4 blocks up the hill from the lake and looking back is sorta stunning for a flat-lander, so you take the pic.  It usually lacks the drama of seeing it for real, but still invokes a bit of the original up-chucky vertigo.  
I like the wash on the line by the house on the left.  See? It's a block below the white trimmed one in the middle. I like the gritty pioneer industrial look of the town below them.  So many, many streets in Duluth look like this--big and small houses from different eras next to each other, some well kept, some crumbling, in unbelievable ranks up the hillside.  
See the lift bridge in the fog mid-left?  It's relatively close, so this spot had to be some blocks SW of St Marys Hospital.  'Course, this was well before the interstate ran right thru downtown.  I'd say about where 11th crosses West 4th?
"Canal Park" marks the lift bridge and St Mary's Hospital is top right.  
I did try to find the corresponding streetview on google, but no luck.  Sorry.  
Those houses are long gone anyway.

Ooooo!  Remember the Minnesota photos taken from the air that Larry found a couple months ago?  Well, here's Duluth as it was August 13, 1939, only 16 years later.
It should enlarge to a nice big map when you click on it.

COOL, huh?

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