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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Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Faust Family

I know it's a coincidence, but in the 12-12-12 issue of the Pierz Journal, the Faust name is mentioned 12 times in the paper.  Isn't that cool?

We're talking December 12, 1912, and the mentions consist of Clara, Joseph, Theresia and a cousin Joseph among the school kids who hadn't missed any days, but also, Andrew Faust who was the treasurer of Pierz village, and Frank Faust who was the fire chief and health officer in Pierz, and Nick who returned from a State Dairy school where he learned buttermaking, and F. Fausts Variety stores' Christmas specials, Andrew who was the agent for Kiewel Brewery and of course, an ad from John N Faust and his Bijou Theater.

 We don't know what year the photo below was taken, but John  died in 1905 (born in September 1825).  The family is all adult, so this was probably c 1890.  Looks like Anna Guerton Bares became a widow and married John Faust, a widower (?)  There are quite a few 'John Faust"s on FamilySearch and we're not close enough to distinguish among em.  Still, we can always add to what's here.

(With any luck,someone will search "Faust", find this post, and correct me if I'm wrong....and maybe ID the others or ad more photos?)

As we said a few posts ago, we think the Bijou was on the south end of Pierz, in Lower Town, kitty cornered across from the Journal office.  Most likely, Editor Bailey and Mr Faust realized that ads were mutually beneficial.  This plug for the Bijou was probably gratis, since Bailey was definitely a Pierz booster and wanted to encourage both the theater and continuing ad dollars.  On that point, he needn't have worried--when I searched FAUST within the PJs online, the engine found 509 issues out of 543.  That's amazing.

Here are two obits I failed to include originally--John J. Faust, who died in October, 1917, and that of Margaret Faust, wife of Joseph.  She would have been the next generation after John J's, and also, her husband was probably one of the Josephs listed in the second paragraph.  Larry found her obit in the Brainerd paper July 20, 1971.

As I find photos of families I've posted about, I try to add em.  It's a mish-mash, I know--as bad as the original Atlases, but at least they're together.

Here's the Ray Faust Band, looks like the 30s or 40s.....and two more pics from the Atlases ☺


  1. A lot of my family married Fausts so I have some info in my database. Anna Maria Guerten was married to John Peter Bares who died in 1872 in Cross Plains. She then married John Faust, son of Joseph Faust & Anna Maria Lutzen. He was born in 1826 in Kierberg, Rheinland, Prussia. She died in Pierz in 1901, he died in 1905 in Luxemburg. She was John Faust's third wife, the other two were Anna Maria Kalschuer & Anna Maria Deutsch. John & wife Anna Maria Deutsch were the parents of Christ Faust who married my grandma's sister Mary Meyer.

  2. I wonder if John realized the problems he'd cause by marrying THREE Annas in a row. No wonder one census said Anna was younger and the next said she was considerably older. I just assumed the enumerator got it wrong.
    Christ was in business in Pierz, too, right?
    And which one was author Maurice's dad, do you know?
    THANKS for this, Carrie!

  3. Oops, I was one generation off . . . Christ Faust was married to my grandma's aunt Mary. That's what you get with all the repeated names & so many marriages between two families! My grandma's brother Nick was married to Loretta Faust, daughter of Barney & Margaret (Gassert) Faust & her sister Mag was married to Barney & Margaret's son Joe.

    I'm related to Maurice through the Meyer family, his dad was Hubert Faust, son of Christ & Mary (Meyer) Faust. I'm not sure what Christ did for a living (if anything) besides farm.