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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Friday, August 16, 2013

John Wetzel, Happiest Kid

We've mentioned Charles Lindbergh here before, but Larry found a charming collateral article in the Kingston Daily Freeman (NY) from August 29, 1927.

I really hope this became a legend in the Wetzel family, that John's kids, grandkids and neighborhood kids ALL heard about it.  Just look at that face ☺...


Happiest kid in America today probably is John Wetzel.  Little Falls, Minn, Charles A. Lindbergh's home town, selected John as its most representative youth, and named him guard of honor for Lindy on the latter's return home.  John registers genuine delight.

Looks like John was the son of Earl V and Frances Wetzel, according to the 1930 Federal census.  By then, John was 16, and probably still happy ☺.

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