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, November 5, 2011

Sifting Sand

Wow, I intended to spend quite a bit of today reading and reporting on the Canadian Sand info that Christa sent.  As it's turned out, today is one of those wonderful fall days (too soon gone) with a good wind, perfect for hanging wash outside ☺.  However, it's all back inside now, so we can Sand like crazy for the rest of the afternoon.
 First, some catch-up:  This is Erwin Sand, the son that Joe and Antonia Sand adopted after Agnes was born.  His photo was left off the post from Oct 25 cuz there wasn't a natural opening for it.  Sorry, Sandy...
SAND , Erwin Henry 
February 6, 1920 - April 12, 2009 

Erwin "Sandy" Sand passed away peacefully on April 12, 2009, at the age of 89. Sandy grew up in Shaunavon, Sask. and served on the H.M.C.S. Vancouver during WWII. He worked in various breweries in Western Canada and later as a Commissionaire. Sandy was predeceased by his wife, Margaret "Kay" Sand, on April 30, 1998. Sandy is survived by his loving son Gordon (Vicki) Sand and his grandsons, Ben (Allison) Sand and Jon Sand. A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at the Eden Brook Memorial Gardens at 17 Avenue S.W. and Lower Springbank Road. Please meet at the entrance gate. Refreshments will follow Service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice. Special thanks to the staff at Colonel Belcher Veterans Care for six years of compassionate care and support.

Christa sent a pdf  copy of seven pages of the book Sylvester Lewans wrote for his grandparents' 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration.  I think you'll want to read it, so I've separated the pages to see if I can enlarge em enough right here.  I can't attach the pdf.

Ok, reading fuzzy type is good for your character, trust me.  
(Yes, I know you already have more than enough character, but try, ok?)

I hope the Sand family will forgive the horrible puns on your name.  I've been waiting all my life to get them out of my system, and when Larry came along with 45 more of em, I was stuck.
See, there's not much you can do with Hesch.


  1. What is the end of the egg story on the bottom of page 11? this is a cool narrative, and brings Fr. Lewans' great sense of humor back.

  2. Hey, Pfooph--I know, I'd like the rest of the story too ☺. Maybe Christa'll read the comments and add what happened....
    How come you remember Fr Lewans' sense of humor? I'm pretty sure I met him only once or twice, and that was before Gramma died in 1972--sheesh, almost 40 years ago!