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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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Even MORE vocations than we thought...

Frank Kapsner is Called by Creator

Pierz Man, One of Oldest in This Community Died Monday at Age of 98 ½ Years

Frank Kapsner died in St. Joseph's Home for the aged at St. Cloud early Monday morning, at the age of 98 years and six months, which is an age not often attained by human beings. Mr. Kapsner has been in good health all during his life, and was often seen walking about the old Kapsner farm close to this village in spite of his high age. A year ago he was admitted to the home for the aged at St. Cloud and about two months ago was taken ill with influenza from which he recovered. The past few weeks he was confined to bed by illness when his strength slowly faded away until death called him from this life only one year and one-half short of the century mark. His death was due to old age. He was born in Germany September 18, 1830.
Burial was held in the cemetery in this village yesterday preceded by Solemn Requiem Highmass at 9 o'clock. The celebrant, Rev. Leonard Kapsner O.S.B., a son, assisted by Rev. Xavier Kapsner O.S.B., as deacon of the mass, also a son, and the Reverend Celestine Kapsner O.S.B., and Roland Kapsner O.S.B., as sub-deacon and master of ceremonies respectively. The latter two and Father Oliver Kapsner, who with the pastor, Rev. J. Stiegler and Rev. James Mohm were present in the sanctuary, are grandsons of the deceased.
Mr. Kapsner, one of the oldest settlers in Pierz and Morrison county, came to this country in June 1874, directly to Pierz and purchased what was known as the Billig farm, the oldest farm in Pierz and he resided on that farm until about a year ago when he entered St. Joseph Home in St. Cloud. His wife preceded him in death by about 15 years.
The surviving children are: John of Buckman, August and Carl of Pierz, Rev. F. Leonard of Calloway, Rev. F. Xavier of Collegeville, and the following sisters of the Benedictine order: Sr. Cecilia and Sr. Loyola of St. Benedict's convent, Sr. Auxilia of St. Raphael's hospital at St. Cloud and Sr. Leonarda of Watkins, Minn. Another daughter who had also joined the Benedictine order, Sr. Bonaventure, died in 1886. Besides these children the deceased is survived by 35 grandchildren and 65 great grandchildren.
Pierz Journal, April 4, 1929

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