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, December 14, 2011

Schallwigs from Guschwitz

Whew, if you can avoid getting the stomach flu, do it.

I've had a bookmark from Falkenberg in Poland since Larry found it ages ago.  If the correct village comes up when you click the link, you'll see "Goszczowice-Guschwitz" but if not, click one village down on the list on the left (makes sense, right?)

Our great-great grandmother was Catherine Schallwig.  She was Anton Otremba's wife and the mother of Paul Hesch's wife, Mary.  We went looking for evidence of either family in the little villages of Oberschleisen, and found a shoemaker named Otremba in Golschwitz and an oil dealer in Guschwitz by the name of Schallwig.

Google translates it from Polish like this:

Goszczowice belonged to the Catholic parish in the passes, but it also had its own little church branch. In addition to the two inns (Hilger and Greedy), worked in a bakery (Wolf), colonial goods store (Gorzawski), tailor (Bauch), cobbler (Rothkugel) , various goods store (Pankalla), horse trader (Bogon), basketball (Kischke) and three oil traders (Janaschke, Schallwig, Welz). 

(I assume there was no basketball dealer, but maybe a basket-maker?)

Over in Golschwitz, there's this:

Golczowicach functioned in two taverns (Geppert and Raabe), 2 bakers (Kilian and Warzecha), 2 carpenters (Frach and Sobiray) a painter (Glombek), 2 shoemakers (Otremba and Lukossek), 2 workshops, cycling (Poguntke and Pyka), 2 wicker baskets wholesale (Stampka) and a seamstress (Sinschek). 

Catherine would have been the legendary wife who had to make do back home while her husband Anton walked to the Holy Land.

Now, you know!

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