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, June 23, 2013

The Sand-Hiemenz-Lewans Connection

Ok...a quick review--Mike Sand & Louisa Rausch had ten kids.  The oldest was Joseph, born in 1878.  Our grandma, Elizabeth, was born in 1888, the fifth kid was Angelica, born in 1884, and the second-last kid, Magdalena, was born in 1894.  Wanna know why I'm mentioning those four?  Ha! Read on ☺

This small pic is Joe at about 22 years old (about 1900).  He was still living at home then, but by  1911, he was married with two kids, and living in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  He and Antonia Poser had four kids in all (Mary, Michael, Erwin and Agnes).  They made their home in Saskatchewan.  
Their daughter Mary married Peter Lewans, and they had 12 kids, one of whom, Sylvester, became a priest.
Angelica Sand, Angie, married Joe Hiemenz in 1907, and their son Eddie was a good buddy to dad.  Eddie sent me these pics this week--this was on the occasion of a trip to Minnesota by Mary and Peter Lewans, and their son Sylvester in 1963. 
See?  Here's a dinner at Eddie & Marcy's with Fr. Lewans on the left, then dad, Eddie, Mom, Marcy and, I assume, Peter and Mary facing away.
 (I don't know who the other diners are).  Make sure to enlarge this one--it's good to see the parents enjoying themselves!

Now this pic is why I mentioned Lena up there...pictured left to right is Peter Lewans, Frank Sand, Lena (Sand) Block, Mary (Sand) Lewans, and Fr. Sylvester Lewans.  (Frank and Lena were the two youngest of Michael and Louisa Sand's brood.  Fr Lewans, then, was their great nephew).
(Wow, Mary looked like her mother...and married a man who looked like her father!)

THANKS for the corrections, Carolyn ☺!

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