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, August 8, 2013

George and Lloyd Harting, and John Heach?

 As we mentioned in the last post,  Little Falls was home to George and Lloyd Harting, sons of a  furniture dealer there, Harting and Sons.  George was born in 1877, and Lloyd in 1901, so together they covered a lot of artistic canvas, you might say (DAMN, I'm funny).

But WHY are we fixated on them here on HH? 
Well, partly because they were written up in the Little Falls Herald and Transcript in those years and we can't RESIST any possible connections--to wit, another article from 1906 involving our old friend John Heach*. 

  But first, there was this article in the Herald--George (the elder bro) illustrated a couple pages for "Browning's Magazine", but all I could find was Browning's Industrial Magazine.  I flipped page by page thru October, 1906, and there were no poems or interpretive drawings, just schematics and diagrams of machines.  Sigh!   If the right magazine is ever digitized, we'll add the drawings here for sure.  Don't hold your breath.

*In the meantime, LOOK at the mystery we discovered:

"The old picture drawn by a few of our local artists, of John Heach, when he defeated a LaFond mob in Bares saloon on September 28, 1900, is again on exhibition in one of our lower town [Pierz] saloons. The picture was drawn right after the battle and beautifully framed and placed in Bares saloon at that time.  Later it was placed in the American House [hotel] in Little Falls for about two years, after which it was again taken back to Pierz.  Mr Heach thinks a great deal of the picture and will not allow the saloonkeeper to dispose of it for any money."

Yes, I can hear you thinking  "fer dumb"...but isn't it kind of mystically providential that we discovered unknown (to us) artists in LF and then a mention of John Heach and a drawing of him that could still be around? Ok, ok, that's a real long shot, but wouldn't it be COOL if it was rolled up or among other pictures at the Weyerhaeuser, or in someone's attic or (horrors!) at a Pierz garage sale?  It's possible, IF it's still around, that the owner has no idea what it depicts.  We already have the staff at the Morrison County Historical Society alerted, and they're looking....cross your fingers, ok?
We'll post their answer and anything else we hear about it ☺, promise.

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