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, March 3, 2015

Cannons and busses

 Two or three interesting but unrelated news items here:  the first, a Little Falls Herald clipping from 1898 that would have been a result of the Spanish-American war heating up. It's stunning to imagine three flat cars with a huge cannon on each rolling thru Little Falls.  At the time, America was fighting with the Spanish off both coasts (or thought we were).  With over 4,000 miles of coasts and a number of large cities there, big guns were made and expedited. The closest photo I could find online was this one from a collectors website.  It looks like it could be 28 feet long, I suppose.  It's definitely still impressive over 100 years later.

From a Facebook page called "St Cloud Remembered" comes this 1928 photo of the bus you could take to and from the cities.  It's parked in front of the Breen Hotel, later the Germain Hotel.  The businesses we'd remember from that corner were a Fanny Farmer candy shop, and an optician around the corner.  Q: What cafe was right across the street in the building hidden by the back of the bus?


  1. Was it Enga's Cafe? I know there was one down from Kresge's, but I think they moved across the street from the Germain. K

  2. YAY! It was Enga's, yes☺ Beyond the satisfaction of KNOWING, you win the usual prize--oh, hell, I'll even go twice the usual prize. Congratulations!

  3. Your sister is awfully jealous that I won this contest, but thinks you are stingy in staying with the doubling of the prize these last few competitions. She thinks you should triple it, and I have to agree. How else are you going to increase your internet reach?