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, November 30, 2011

Boosterism, WPA style

 From a booklet we've visited before on HH comes accounts of a few businesses you'll recognize if you grew up in the St Cloud area.  The whole book is fun to read--it was a tourist guide written by the WPA writers project, and published in 1937.
Here's the history of the car shops in Waite Park, and surprisingly, the grain elevator near the Fire Station south of Cathedral HS, and the "Watab Paper& Pulp Mill" in Sartell:

This was 1937, remember.  The VA had been open for 13 years and had 47 buildings.  Patients there were vets from WWI, I suppose, but look at the staff enumeration.  Pretty interesting:

1 comment:

  1. There were more administrators than doctors. Divide 760 by 9 — each doctor’s patient load was 84.4 patients.