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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Friday, January 27, 2012

A catch-all post ☺

Hard times--other Heschs--church paintings--CHS, St Cloud

 In the files of the Brainerd newspaper from February 22, 1934 comes this clipping about a Hard Times house party in Granite Ledge, Mn. at the home of Mr and Mrs John Otremba.  I looked for "Granite Ledge" the town, but found only Granite Ledge township, in Benton co....which seems a bit far away from the Brainerd news area.  Anyone know?
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! ☺)
Wheat-weeo--Thanks, Larry!

1 comment:

  1. I’ve always wondered about the Valentines. My grandmother Ann was a Valentine. I wonder whether they are all related?