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, February 24, 2013

Taking the mystery out of a neighbors' history?

Larry and I often talk about the thrill we get following an unrelated  Buckman or Pierz families' story here on HH.  Terhaars, Brausens, Stangls, Muellers, Dehlers...tho when we post about them, aren't we taking the fun from someone else?  Some former neighbor's descendant who'll google their grandpas name and find the story here, already investigated?
But then we think, hell, there are plenty of stories out there, and the ones we find and choose to follow can be a starting place for some other genealogist.  Besides, we figure we're building a milieu of a time when anything was possible, when working together was all it'd take. Neighbors were closer than they are today, so their stories are integral to (and almost interchangeable with) the Hesch story. Like the KIPPLEY family:

According to Myles Kippley's bio in the 1970 Morrison County Atlas, Myles' dad was Henry and his grandfather was John (pictured), who settled in Agram township around 1880.  The 1905 Minnesota census says that John was born in New York of German parents, and Katherine was born in Wisconsin, also of German parents.  Henry was 12 in 1905 so he wasn't born yet when this pic was taken in 1891.

The John Kippley Family--1891
The atlases maybe contained more Kippley photos, but these four are the ones I saved, partly because I recognized the name and partly cuz the wedding photos below were taken by the same photographer who took mom and dad's wedding pics--see the columns and staircase backdrop? ☺

Myles and Wilma Kippley were married after WWII but earlier than Ray and Dolores by a whole 5 months.

Myles and Wilma Kippley with Raymond Kippley and Elaine Flicker April 14, 1948

According to a comment left by their daughter, the  smaller pic was taken at Myles and Wilma Kippley's wedding reception.  Pictured with them are Myles' parents (Henry and Clara Kippley) and Wilma's parents (Regina and Mike Flicker) and Wilma's grandparents on the Boser side. Thanks, Carol!

Ray and Dolores (Faust) Kippley
    September 14, 1948

This couple's particularly cool because their  daughter Janice married my cousin Roger (July 12, 1980).  How can they be married 32 YEARS already?  They have six kids, each one more fun than the last one. 
A few of THEM are parents already, too.  Wow!


  1. I'm related to the Kippleys too. :) Besides my more distant connection that you share with a Janson cousin marrying their daughter, Delores is my mom's first cousin. Daughter of Joe & Mag (Meyer) Faust.

  2. Myles and Wilma Kippley are my parents. Yes the smaller photo was taken at their wedding reception. Pictured with them are my Dad's parents (Henry and Clara Kippley) and my Mom's parents (Regina and Mike Flicker) and my mom' grandparents on the Boser side.

  3. Thanks, Carrie and Carol ☺ I love how we all connect! I'll go add the names on the photo...