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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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lucy Klein photos

OH glorious internet!  What a stunning connector of persons, and filler-in of esoteric knowledge, especially genealogical ☺ that we'd almost NEVER find otherwise...

Case in point:  we're on the trail of Lucy, big grandpa's adopted sister, who was born in NYC and ended up in Buckman, Minnesota, thanks to the orphan trains which ran from 1853 to 1929.  
We've written about Lucy and posted the few photos we had, or got from relatives at the reunion, for instance, but the rest of her life was pretty shadowed, since those who knew her are mostly gone now.  We knew a few facts: she married Max Klein, lived in Langola township (north of Rice along the river), had a child or two, and died in 1952.  I think she was expressly adopted to be a companion to Mary, the baby of the Paul Hesch family. 

With this info on HH, we just hoped someone would google Lucy Hesch Klein sometime, and get in touch............which happened.

Lucy's great granddaughter, Susan, emailed, and yesterday, she sent ten pictures that we've not seen before.  Here're the first five:

Sisters Lucy and Mary Hesch c 1921?

Susan doesn't know the woman or kids, but that's Lucy on the right.

Monica Klein, Ted Hesch, Steven Klein (cousin to Max),
& Mary Hesch at the wedding of
Max Klein and Lucy Hesch, in 1922.

Mary (Otremba) Hesch
c 1915 or so.
She died in 1917.
The other five photos are of Dorothy, Lucy's daughter, to be posted later.


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    1. Oh, man,Sioux, so do I! In your part of the family, was there a legend about unusually large hands? I always thought my grandpa, Uncles and dad got them from Paul, maybe, but LOOK at Mary's hands in that last pic. Sure they're closer to the camera than her face is, but still...!
      How else would these connections have ever been made? Thank gawd for Su, Sioux, Sue and Susan, too! ☺

  2. I think her hips have generous proportions as well, and they're NOT closer to the camera. Unfortunately, some of us inherited that trait as well.