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 3, 2012

Yes, but what did they do for FUN?

Glad you asked!

 Evidently, Buckman and Pierz (as well as most small towns in the 19-teens) had singing groups, bands, athletic and card clubs, church related activities and house parties.  Plus, there was also one outstanding (and a little unbelievable) recreation--putting on plays. According to Horst's book and the Pierz Journal, thespianism was rampant in Morrison county then ☺.

"A Modern Ananias", huh?  Let's see if it's, it is!  TG for and the Library of Congress, huh?  It's an old-time comedy, a laugh a minute, perfect for amateur players with a little prompting from the author:

Click the link there and page thru the script.  Can you imagine some of our greats saying those lines, ON STAGE?  Me neither.  But they did.
I'd love to see this play produced, wouldn't you? A challenge: round up a cast and put it on, costumes and sets and all.  I'll pay ya five times what dad paid to trim trees, honest!

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