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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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sand Tragedies

Remember this map of the Soo Line train route and the way it connected Morrison county with Stearns county?  We figured it was the reason that some Sands moved NE of LeSauk township (Buckman), and some moved SW (Krain, Grove and Oak townships in Stearns co).

Like Larry says, I need to talk with the Sand cousins or stop by the Stearns County History Museum in St Cloud to find out for sure who this "N.P.Sand" was, as well as who "Paul Sand" was in the relationship.
 Both these articles appeared in the Duluth Tribune-- the first was reported May 27, 1906; the other was September 5, 1907.  What terrible tragedies for the Sand family...

Duluth Tribune
May 27, 1906
NEW MUNICH, Minn., May 26--Agnes Sand, a 19-year-old daughter of N.P.Sand, was burned to death while attempting to hasten a fire with kerosene.  The young woman got up early to get breakfast for the family, an as the fire in the range was slow in burning, she poured kerosene onto the smouldering coals.
There was instantly a flash and the can containing the oil exploded, throwing the burning fluid over the face and clothes of the young woman.  In an instant she was enveloped in flames and ran screaming from the house.  She ran down the street, a living torch, the wind fanning the  flames into a blaze.  She tried to tear the burning cloth from her person, but could not do so, and at last fell unconscious on the sidewalk.
She was still alive when picked up, but never regained consciousness, and died the same afternoon.  A younger sister, who attempted to assist her, also was badly burned, but will recover. 

Duluth Tribune
September 5, 1907
(News Tribune Special.)
New Munich, Minn., Sept. 4--The big gemeral store of Paul Sand and also his fine residence were completely destroyed by fire yesterday morning.  Mr Sand was in the habit of leaving a lighted lamp in the store nights and it is presumed that the lamp exploded and caused the fire.
The loss is about $11,000, with insurance of only $3,000.
These two excerpts, below, were found in the first volume of Wm Bell Mitchells' 
He was recapping news stories from the years before 1915 when the history was published.

This young man would have been our great grandfather Michael's brother: 
1879:  "Peter Sand, Jr., of Le Sauk, aged fifteen years, while working in the hay 
field with his father, July 17, was struck by lightning and instantly killed".

1910: "Joseph Sand's blacksmith shop, with his residence at the rear, at St. 
Wendel, was burned January 26, with the furniture and tools".
Larry reminded me of another Sand tragedy--in the horrible tornado of April 1886, Peter Sand lost his retirement home in St Cloud (a block north and west of Cathedral HS).
This was the same Peter Sand whose son was killed by lightning (above).  He was our grandma Lizzy's  grandfather. 

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