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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Monday, March 26, 2012

A Kapsner recap

...the puns'll probably stop, eventually ☺

In last week's episode of The Kapsner Family, I couldn't think of a way to add these next pics without tangling myself up royally.  (It would be so much easier if only ONE member of each family moved here and then married the ONE daughter of another family, and any kids would have unique-to-them names--but then, really, this wouldn't be a challenge at all.  Also, there would be way less potential for mistakes...but I'm fearless.  Mistakes are only an alternate reality).

So.  Here we have a photo, from 1850, of one Franz Kapsner, who wore an odd beard under his chin.  Wouldn't shaving that way be a huge challenge? Nevermind, it was distinctive. We'll appreciate that shortly.  Franz (Frank) Kapsner was born in May, 1831 in 'Germany', or Bohemia. In this 1850 photo, he looks about 20, so I think we have the right guy.  By 1875, he and his wife Theresa had 10 kids, one of whom was August.  I'm pretty sure the August in the photos below is Frank's son--they're similar in face shape, eyes, and the way he held his mouth, don't you agree ?

These pics are all from the Pictorial Atlases, of course, including these two of young August Kapsner.  I believe he was born in 1865, which means he was 15 in the oval portrait, and only 18 when he posed with August Janorshke, (a local family name I've found elsewhere in the atlases).  It was probably a buddy photo, cuz they were both named August and both buttoned their jackets funny.

Well, it looks like Frank kept that beard all his life.  It looked strange when he was young, but here, it fits--probably cuz there's more of it.  
 This was labeled "Four generations of the Kapsner family", but I can't name Frank's son or grandson, let alone the baby.  Isn't it an elegant photo tho?  Eventually, someone will ID these people, and then I'll add it here.

20 July 2015...Hooray, today we heard from David, who's the great nephew of one of the couples pictured here, and he knows who all of them were:
"The photo [is] Franz and Theresia (Tilsch) Kapsner. Standing left are his son Carl and his wife Mary Kopka.  Behind are his daughter Cecilia and her husband Henry Terhaar, holding their oldest child.  She only lived three years."   
Henry Terhaar was David's great uncle...David's grandpa was Nicholas Terhaar. Cool, huh?


  1. HI Fellow Kapsners--I am Kathy Kapsner, daughter of Oliver, grandaughter of Frank, great grandaughter of John (I think). Perusing the internet to find more about my family.

    1. Hi Kathy! What a surprise to find you here!
      See you in a few weeks at our potluck!
      Vetter David