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, May 22, 2012

The Frank & Addie Colwell Family

Re: Dad's Uncle Charlie and Aunt Elizabeth Sand: 
In 1910 or so, Charlie Sand left home and went "up north" to work in a logging camp.  In Itasca county, Minnesota, he met Elizabeth Colwell, eldest daughter of Frank and Addie Colwell.  

 Elizabeth married Charlie in 1911.  She was 19 and he was 25.  We found them next in Canada (1911 census there), then in International Divide, Idaho (1920), running a boarding house.  By 1930, they'd settled in Wenatchee, Washington, on a fruit farm.  
Elizabeth's brother had a baby but couldn't take care of him for some reason, so Charlie and Elizabeth adopted and raised William Charles Sand.
He was born July 10, 1936 and looks about 4 here?  So this family photo was taken about 1940.

Elizabeth looks about the same age below, posing with her mom and  brothers, and it looks like both pics were taken with the same faulty camera, huh?  That accounts too for Elizabeth wearing the same dress, and for little William  being so well dressed (those aren't "everyday" clothes ☺). 
Heaven forbid that a male Sand should dress up, tho.
So, Charlie, Elizabeth and William must have made a trip 
to Minnesota three years before she died.

And then, there's this photo we've seem before--taken before 1921, we think it's a group of cooks and servers for a wedding, probably one of the Hesch boys'.  We know the back row is Louisa Rausch Sand and two of her daughters (Angie Hiemenz and Lizzy Hesch) and a Mrs Dengel.  We know the second woman from the left in front was a third daughter, Vernie Wintermeyer.  
But wow, the kneeling woman on the right looks like
...Elizabeth Colwell Sand, doesn't she?

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