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, September 29, 2013

Liquor and Tobacco-leading causes of insanity

"THE BROAD ROAD TO RUIN.
Liquor.--Last step in the educational course of stimulants commencing with tea, coffee and tobacco.  The most prolific source of ignorance, vice, crime, poverty and suffering.  The cost of liquor crimes the heaviest of all public expenses--costs $650,000,000 more than the support of churches, and $600,000,000 more than all schools together.  In fifty years has killed 3,000,000 American citizens and left 7,000,000 women and children in want; kills 100,000 a year now.  Fills the largest part of jails, penitentiaries, idiotic and insane asylums.  Looses $1,000,000,000 annually in product of industry that might be created."

"THE TRIBES OF TOBACCO USERS.
Tobacco.--Narcotic poison; directly affects nervous system; emetic and diuretic; powerful stimulant of the brain; produces indigestion, dyspepsia, paralysis, vertigo, apoplexy, heart disease.  Prominent cause of insanity. Disgusting habit. Powerful incitement to intemperance. Nine hundred and ninty-nine drunkards in a thousand learn to use tobacco first. Mischevious to the old; ruinous to the young.  Recently the Comissioner of Internal Revenue calculated that 8,000,000 adults in this country use tobacco in some form, and that the average consumption per head was two hundred and forty-nine cigars annually, or five per week.  This estimate excludes minors, who are notoriously large consumers of tobacco, especially in cities.  The number of consumers is much nearer 10,000,000.  The total consumption is 200,000,000 pounds yearly, on an average."
Click the illustrations to enlarge--they're FULL of incredible stereotypes!
(Screen caps from a 1915-1917 magazine that I forgot to record the title of...)

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