Hard times--other Heschs--church paintings--CHS, St Cloud
Added later: Larry and I assumed a Hard Times party was a benefit for someone maybe, but nope! He did the research today and it sounds like much more FUN than that. Evidently, people came dressed...well, let the Unbirthday article explain. The group photo is one of 4-5 that Larry found. I can imagine our relatived really getting into the spirit of this, can't you?
Here's an article and picture from the Albert Lea paper on January 31, 1944, about another Raymond Hesch, son of "A.T. Hesch". I have no idea who that would have been, but Larry thought maybe he was a Waumandee Hesch.
I know, I know...there were other Heschs in Minnesota, in particular the Rosina and Valentine Hesch family. He was from the Canada Heschs. They lived in Long Prairie and Aitken, Minnesota, and were about the ages of our grandparents. Did they have a grandson named Raymond?
BTW, that's them--- >
A really COOL photo Larry found online this week explains something. Evidently, the village of Dolni Zdar (Niedermuhl) had a concert on Christmas eve, in the very chapel where our ancestors were baptized and married. There were 7-8 pics posted there, and I'll link to them later....
What I noticed about it tho, was....remember the question we posed about WHY a painting was purchased for St Michaels church, cuz what church has paintings?
Well, look! This was a village chapel in Bohemia, just south of Falkenberg, Poland. The church-decorating customs would have been similar, I think. I suppose statues would take up too much room in a tiny chapel, huh? Wow.
And for St Cloud historians: LOOK! It's a pic of Cathedral High school when it was ONLY what we knew as the North Building. The trees were planted where the Central building would be later, and there's Bishop Zardetti's fancy brick house, next to Holy Angels Church. What a surprising photo, huh?
(Pretty sure I found it in Mitchell's 1915 "History of Stearns County", online).
(BTW--any pic edged in red is something our favorite researcher found. However, sometimes he just sends links.
Today, the only one that's 'mine' is this Cathedral High pic--sheesh! ☺)