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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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

As COOL as it gets

Last night, Larry showed me this postcard from Pierz, Minnesota, sent in 1911:

Isn't it cool?  That's St Joseph's Church when it was new (22 years).  The bell tower says 1888, and the event pictured was before 1911.  We speculate that the banner probably says, in German, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord"...it's a bit too fuzzy  to see,  but maybe Horst or Heinz can figure it out and let me know ☺.
And, the reverse of the card (left)?  We recognize the writing style (Suetterlin) but not the words.  Still, they probably aren't related to the occasion pictured. 
It's obviously a religious occasion, but Larry and I searched our brains for one that would elicit a bannered archway and decked out horses.  Hmm, it's summer or fall, looks like the pic was taken from across the road because there isn't room today for all the pine trees planted between the arch and the church.  Was there such a thing as a blessing of farm animals, etc?  But no, this was WAY too fancy an occasion for animals...

SO, our Master Researcher checked the Pierz Journals for a church-related event, and WOW--he found this from October 13, 1910.  We think it had to be  the day pictured on the postcard! 
BTW, the statue from the St Cloud Hospital that was given to the village of Pierz?  It's now in a park on main street about at 3rd Ave SE.  Cool x 2!

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