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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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Never SUESS to amaze!

The Pictorial Atlases of Morrison County, Minnesota  (1970, 1976 and 1988) continue to provide some wonderful family and Buckman history photos.   I open that file and pick a family or face from fifty or a hundred years ago--and start researching.  Thing is, I saved pics of families I recognize, but I rarely know all their names, or the year the photo was taken, or how this pic relates to that one.  I'll figure that stuff out online as I type, or I'll summon the Big Guns* if I'm really stuck, but he's often researching someone else at the same time.  It's really pretty mind-boggling...

Ahem, I suppose you've guessed which family this post highlights, right? ☺

Skip this part if you already know how Andrew Suess fits in HH:
Dad's uncle John Hesch married Ketrina Mueller in Buckman in 1902.  They had 5 kids (Mary, Agnes, Paul, Laura, and John, Jr) before John died in January, 1926.  
Andrew Suess was widowed in 1924 when his wife of 33 years, Elizabeth Wurtzburger, died.  They had six kids (Frank, Catherine, Joseph, Anna, George, and Mary).  Andrew was 13 years older than Ket.  His last kid was born the same year as Ket & John's first kid, 1903.  In other words, Ket still had child-raising responsibilities when they married in February, 1927, while Andrew didn't.  Her youngest was 11, and his was 23.
Andrew & Elizabeth Suess family about 1925.
Catherine, Andrew and Elizabeth, seated;
Anna, Frank, Joseph, George and Mary, standing.
I'm fairly confident of who's who in the pic above, but I was going on their birth years and how old they looked in the photo.  Still, I'd only have goofed on the boys, and the one I labeled "George" looks the most like the guy below, don't you think?
This portrait was probably taken about 1944. We know George Suess married Rose Heurung (a sister, btw, to Anna Heurung, wife of Joe Hesch).  According to the 1930 Federal census, the oldest four kids were Leander (1922), Rose (1924), Alvina (1926), and Esther(1929).  I don't know the name of the fifth kid, who looks maybe 7 or 8, young enough to have been a "surprise" ☺. Anybody know?

*Big Guns=Larry ☺

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