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, May 31, 2012

Weddings and Shiverees Reported

with a "moderate tightening of the grain belt"

I witnessed a Shiveree when I was about 14, while I visited the sister of one of our neighbors, out in Melrose.  I didn't think it was near as funny as the family did, but then, I did learn how to "short-sheet" a bed (after the older kids carefully set the thing together with vaseline so it'd fall apart with only a bit of movement).  It seemed to me people could get hurt, and I figured a first night together would be awkward enough without anyone's help.  But, they didn't ask me...☺

Here are some accounts from the Pierz Journal that seem to involve noise more than anything, but they'll make you laugh, too.
January 27, 1910

As far as I know, these couples weren't related (except for the Kippley/Otremba couple--they were Janice Janson's grandparents, I assume).  
Too bad this charming custom's been lost, huh? ☺

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