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 15, 2015

Odd old news ☺

 It's April 15th and my taxes have been done for over a week ☺.  (Also, it just so happens that the car needs a new alternator, and the returns'll pay for it--YAY!) In honor of that, I'm posting a few odd 100 year old Little Falls Herald stories for your edification...

For instance, here's an interesting clipping from 1897.  So this Maria Ricks went around smashing windows.  Evidently, her evil ways were "well known", but really I suppose it would have been more trouble to arrest her and bring charges than to just pass her along to the next town.

 I'm most fascinated by the method they used in Opole, Mn, to raise money.  I suppose all of the citizens were Catholic, just like Buckman at the time.  But to be able to levy a kind of tax on the parish at 20 cents an acre owned?  Wow, a 160 acre farm owed $32.00, the equivalent of $830.00 now.  I wonder how it went over...

Yeah, there's a nice parish house next to the church in Opole, so it must have worked...)

 From Wikipedia:
"Phrenology is a process that involves observing and/or feeling the skull to determine an individual's psychological attributes. Franz Joseph Gall believed that the brain was made up of 27 individual organs that determined personality, the first 19 of these 'organs' he believed to exist in other animal species. Phrenologists would run their fingertips and palms over the skulls of their patients to feel for enlargements or indentations...."
and palm reading was, of course, just fortune telling.
Vee haff skeptical ancestors. Would the professor have predicted that he'd skip town without paying?

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