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, January 11, 2012



Larry and I have been researching a family, without knowing WHO they were, since May 2009.  What tenacity!  You might recall photos of a priests' ordination where we were mostly concerned with the kids who acted as a miniature bride and flower girls?  
The post here on Hesch History was in May, 2009.

Turns out these Benedictines and Crosiers were four of eleven kids 
born to John and Theresa Mischke.
 They are  Hermina Mischke, Fridolin Mischke, 
Benno Mischke and Mary Mischke.
If the photo was taken the day of Fridolin's ordination, then it was 1937.

 The woman in the hat is most likely Theresa (Peschel) Mischke, their mom.
Hermina and Mary were born in 1899 and 1900, while Benno and Fridolin were the  youngest of the brood, born in 1912 and 1916.

Ok, so how does this family connect to us?  The Mischke clan came to America from the same area of Poland as the Otrembas, Schmolkes, Przybillas, Jendros and Rauschs.  
Did you notice the couple way at the top of the post?  
They were John Mischke and his wife Theresa Peschel.  
Our link is thru John's mother Mary Otremba, a sister to 
Anton Otremba, our great great grandfather.

For sure, pics like this were taken on special occasions when all the kids were home.  It might have been Theresa's 70th birthday maybe, in 1942.
 Looks like she's wearing a corsage ☺.

I think, by their look and dress, the pic below was snapped
after Theresa's funeral, in October, 1945.
(The new old pics were found on Ancestry.  Yup, by Larry!)


  1. So where does One Gut fit in?

  2. Oh, man--I haven't thought of One Gut Mischke in years, but the name made me laugh every time it came to mind today. I have no idea which family he was from. Curly said he was someone really tall and skinny--only room for one gut in there--as opposed to what?
    I'll let you know if we hear anything from/about him, m'kay?

  3. John and Theresa Mischke are my great grandparents. Thanks for posting this. I have had trouble pinpointing the exact area they were from, although I did think it was the border of Germany and Poland. My Poppy, John C. Mischke, spoke German.

    1. Welcome, Lyn! ☺
      I think they spoke German in those years because there was no Germany or Poland as such--it was all Prussia. There was definitely a distinct Polish language and culture, but I believe German was official, and was taught in schools, etc. The wise Pole knew both languages. I think we have John's obit here on HH, so that would say what town he was from. Then, since that town or village probably has a Polish name now, try Shtetlseeker on Jewish Gen Web (below). They have a terrific listing of every little berg that existed in Middle and Eastern Europe in either language, so you can pinpoint that way. ( Good luck! ☺