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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Friday, September 21, 2012

Remember cloth diapers?

When I'm not blogging about the family and Morrison county, I do have a job, just so ya know.  I work for Home Instead, so I'm in people's homes helping them however they need me to.  A client I have now is hospice, too, so that means changing her adult diaper, in bed.  Luckily, she has a wry sense of humor.  She giggled and apologized that her daughter and I had to roll her around without her help.  We laughed too, and I reminded her how often she'd changed that daughters' diaper (50 years ago) AND had to wash the stinky things, too.  We, on the other hand, could just fold it up and toss it.  Washing cloth diapers qualified her for a good 500 more diaper changes now, so not to worry ☺.
Which, of course, got me to thinking about diapers, and rubber pants, and diaper pins, and sweet baby butts and stinky baby poop.  My babies are 38 and 40, so they were definitely in the cloth diaper era, even tho I got both disposables and cloth diapers at the shower and from St Gabes in Little Falls.  Sure, in the early 70s I felt guilty about using Pampers, but not THAT guilty.
I folded cloth diapers like my mom did--like everybody in the extended family did--the kite fold.  But looking online just now--OMG--there are way more ways to fold em, plus video tutorials on how.

Not to mention 28 different diaper covers so you never need to use those "dangerous" diaper pins.  How did we do it? How did our babies live thru that dangerous time??

LOL...remember the wash lines loaded with flannel diapers?  Remember Dreft? Remember the years worth of dust cloths, and.....head scarfs?
 Just think, WE made family history too ☺.


  1. My Portuguese family had a baby diaper pin tradition I have never heard of anywhere else. I'm not sure if it was just for the boy babies, but grampa would have a piece of deer antler and he would saw off a very thin disk. This was for the child to wear threaded on their diaper pin as a sort of vague never-really-explained bad-luck repellant amulet.
    Alas, it wouldnt work with pampers.

  2. By the way... I do still have my antler amulet. Looking at it now no one would trhink it was anything significant.. just a wood-looking thin disk with a hole in it.

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