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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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hartmann's Red Wing Pottery

Look what Larry found on ebay today: a premium pitcher from Hartmanns Store in Pierz, Mn.  Some good customer took it home to his wife in December 1925, and she probably used it for cream or gravy for the next 40 years.  Then she passed it on to her daughter-in-law who put it high in the back of her cupboards because who wants to use a grubby old stoneware pitcher with an AD on the side?  And when the grandkids found it last year, they sold it, and here it is on ebay: 
Wonderful old old Red Wing Cherry Band advertising pitcher, "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, 1925 - 1926 from Hartmann's store in Pierz Minn". No chips cracks or repairs. In EXCELLENT condition.

According to the current bid, it's worth $80.00, unless YOU want it? Then schnell wie ein Hase!  
The auction's over on July 2 ☺

Danke, Larry!


  1. Sold for US $1,525.00
    Can you believe that?

    1. Wow, incredible--and kinda neat ☺ (I thought $80 was a lot!)