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, November 30, 2012

St Cloud promotional booklet from 1936

Yes, we've featured this before:  a booster booklet published in 1936 to promote The Granite City (deal with it).  I suppose it was sent out if someone inquired about the town or stopped at city hall.  It was probably in the pamphlet rack at the Great Northern, Northern Pacific and the Greyhound depots.  It was written as a joint project of the Chamber of Commerce and the WPA Writers Project.

So, why am I mentioning it again?  Well, partly cuz it's still interesting and partly cuz I couldn't fit this section into the subject matter last time, but mostly cuz YOU never actually clicked the link  or looked at the booklet back then.  This is your second chance; it won't kill you to take it.

What tickles me about this list of 10 "features" is how some are still around and important, while some, for instance #7 and #8, are stretches, and #9 mentions a fact about the church that must have horrified people even then.  The longest feature, #2, makes much of the Benedictine priests who settled here while the next two items just mention Benedictine and Franciscan nuns' work in passing. Hmm!

1 comment:

  1. Oooh - it's like your blog can see me! I feel so guilty about not clicking on the link before. I just wanted to let you know that I clicked on it several times now and actually read the booklet. I feel better now - and a lot less guilty. I think I'll be able to sleep tonight.

    Love you - PT