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 29, 2015

Otremba photos!

(plus some Stumpf and Jendro pics, too)

Don't know who this is,
but she's beautiful.
This week, we heard from Colleen, the wife of a descendant of Karl Otremba.  (He was the one who homesteaded in far western North Dakota).  She sent a wealth of photos from a family album, but only ONE picture was identified.  Still, this gives Larry and me more fun than listening to Curly fixing a Volkswagen, honest.  What started out as about 40 pics is now more like 70, because we can sharpen faded images, lighten too-dark images and zoom in on details that are hard to see in the we can compare faces side-by-side with photo editing software.  We live in a marvelous age with amazing tools.
See the difference here?  The original was very dark because the camera couldn't handle the contrast with the white dress.  On the bottom of the original, someone wrote "No 1", "No 4" and "No 5"...but then, "No 2" and "No 3" showed up above their heads when I lightened the pic and added more contrast, see? Now we only need to figure out who the family was ☺. It looks to be 1925-30, and the couple were parents of five kids--daughter, son, daughter, daughter, son--the eldest looks maybe 35 and the youngest, maybe 16.  Sound familiar to anyone?

 This photo was so faded she looked ghostly, but with a bit of leveling and contrast, her features stand out nicely.  Maybe we can find her in some of the other photos.  You KNOW they'll be here when we do!


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