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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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Stangl Families

I ran into Fr Al Stangl the other day in town, and mentioned that we'd found cool old pics of his family.  Too bad these photos aren't dated, huh?  The first two were in the Morrison County Atlas, obviously.  The family portrait could have been 1880 or so, if that's John, 3rd from the left in the back row.  Certainly, they came here from the same area of Austria that our Heschs did.  I couldn't find an earlier US or MN census for the family, so I'll just leave these photos here for posterity, ok?

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(Thanks, Mark ☺)
◄This article was on the front page of the Pierz Journal in March, 1915.  If you recall, the war in Europe began in August of 1914.  America tried to stay out of it, but entered the fight in April 1917.  People here had definite connections in Europe--people who hadn't left.  German Americans were hassled here, but those still in Austria had it, sadly, much worse.

► Oh, and here's an article about killing a wolf in a 1916 Pierz Journal.  Sounds like a team effort, but John Stangl finished him off.

And here's Conrad's obit copied from Find a Grave:

Conrad Stangl, Sr. Departs From This Life At 94

(Mar. 31, 1949)

Conrad Stangl, 94, the county's oldest resident, passed away at St. Gabriel's hospital, Thursday morning, March 31,at 6, approaching the half-way mark of the last decade of a centrury lifespan. Also significant, is the fact that he endured only 6 days of illness before he passed on. This condition was brought about by a stroke before he was admitted to the hospital.

Mr. Stangl hailed from lower Austria, born there February 11, 1855. With his folks, he migrated to the United States, at the age of 26, settling first at what is now Mazomonie, Wisconsin, where he started employment on a dam and then did railroad work. One year later, the family came to Pierz (Rich Prairie), making their home on a farm one mile east of Pierz, the Sylvester Meyer place.

His marriage to Elizabeth Langer took place at St. Joseph's church in Pierz, in 1885. They first lived on a farm in Pierz township, southwest of Genola, staying there for 7 years. They then moved to what is now the Frank Stangl farm, one and one half miles southeast of Pierz. Mrs. Stangl died there in 1918 and in 1922 Mr. Stangl went to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. John Tschida.

Surviving are five sons and one daughter, Joe, John, Ed, Frank, Hubert and Mrs. John Tschida (Mary). There are 33 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Also among the survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Julia Stumpf of this place; Mrs. Francisca Meyer, Alberta, Canada and a brother, Carl Stangl, St. Cloud.
One son, Conrad, Jr. preceded his father in death, in 1927.

(We already posted a family portrait of the Frank Stangl family which included this young man...) 

Added 29 August, 2015--Sadly, we have another obit to post:

 Reverend Alfred Herman Stangl was born on August 29, 1937, in Pierz, MN. He was the son of Frank and Frances Kruschek Stangl. Father Stangl attended Saint Joseph's Grade School, Pierz, MN, Little Falls Public High School, Little Falls, MN, and Pierz Memorial High School, Pierz, MN. He received his college and seminary training at Saint John's Seminary, Collegeville, MN. Father Stangl was ordained on June 1, 1963, at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, Saint Cloud, MN, by the Most Reverend Peter W. Bartholome. He celebrated his First Mass on June 2, 1963, at Saint Joseph's Church, Pierz, MN.

Father Stangl served in the following assignments: associate pastor, Saint Mary's, Melrose, June 1963-June 1966; St. Mary's Cathedral, St. Cloud, June 1966-June 1968; St. Paul's, St. Cloud and assistant chaplain St. Cloud Hospital June 1968-July 1981. He attended St. Louis University July 1981-July 1982. He was pastor, St. Gall's, Tintah and St. Joseph's Foxhome, July 1982-June 1983. 

In addition to his parish assignments, he was chaplain at the St. Cloud Hospital, June 1983-July 1995 and the Veterans' Medical Center, St. Cloud, July 1995-August 2007. Father Stangl retired August 31, 2007.

Father Stangl served on the Presbyteral Council for the Diocese of Saint Cloud, served as a spiritual director for Central Minnesota Beginning Experience, and was cofounder of St. Therese Center in St. Cloud.

Father Stangl died on August 24, 2015 at his home in St. Cloud, MN.  Visitation will be from 3:30 - 8:00 PM, Monday, August 31, 2015 at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, 25 8th Ave. S., St. Cloud, Minnesota and also after 10:00 AM Tuesday, September 1, 2015. A Vigil Service will be at 7:00 PM Monday evening at the Cathedral.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, St. Cloud, Minnesota, on September 1, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. with the Most Reverend Donald J. Kettler, Bishop of Saint Cloud presiding. Burial will be at Saint Joseph's Parish Cemetery, Pierz, Minnesota at 3:00 PM Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

Father Stangl is survived by siblings, Marie Pohlkamp of Pierz, Herman (Frances) Stangl of Pierz, MN, Clarence (Judie) Stangl of Maple Plaine, MN; and sisters- in-law, Carol Stangl and Arlene Stangl both of Pierz, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

Father Stangl was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Frances Stangl; siblings, Margaret Athman, Elaine Kummet, Evelyn Dehler, Richard Stangl and his twin brother, Alvin Stangl.


  1. The second photo is a four generation photo according to my grandfather the adult on the right each man is 30 years apart in age. The youngest is my father Daniel Alois Stangl age 3 of Pierz the adult is my grandfather Conrad Stangl age 33 the adult on the left is Alois Stangl age 63 and the oldest is Conrad Stangl age 93 he was the one who immigrated to the US from Austria - I'm Mark Conrad Stangl currently in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  2. Wow--Thank you for this, Mark. I'll add a note to "read the comments"!