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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Monday, August 19, 2013

A prospectus, a poster, a pun, a pdf and a pic

A few year ago, I attended a talk at the Stearns History Museum by LaVerne Rippley.  He mentioned that the town of New Ulm, Minn. had an unusual clause in its' charter, namely, that priests and lawyers were not welcome to live there.  We all laughed, and I wondered if it was true...but look, here's a clipping from the New Ulm Pioneer newspaper.  LaVerne said the restriction actually lasted for over a hundred years!

It was a different, simpler world when liquor singlehandedly caused all the problems.  I found this ad in a magazine from before 1919 (and before I started labelling every clipping I captured).  It's just interesting....

And finally, here's the pdf Larry found last week.  It's the application to designate St Joseph's Church in Pierz as a historic building. There's a lovely description--I've often wondered how they built a brick church, and now I know:

"The church, of brick veneered wood-frame construction, is styled in the 
simplified Gothic Revival predominant among late 19th century church structures. 
A centrally placed tower above a single front entry doorway projects slightly 
from the front facade. Louvered, pointed arched openings in the tower conceal bells. The spire above is topped with an iron cross. The side facades are divided into nine bays, with single pointed arched windows centered in the bays. A single gabled roof covers the main body of the church. There is an apse at the east end....."

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