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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Thursday, April 2, 2015

"The Sand sisters"

Jenny sent this somber and lovely unknown (to me) tintype photo.  It's marked on the back "the Sand sisters", but which family?  The photo is older than any we've seen of Mike Sand and family, and the clothing is of an earlier style, too.  These three must be Michael Sands' siblings then.
But according to the bio below (from the Stearns History Museum in St Cloud, Mn), he had four sisters, not three.  Still, even if we don't know what happened to Theresia, the sisters pictured would be Anna on the left (born 1859 in Iowa), then Mary (born 1870 in Sartell), and Katherine (born 1863 in Sartell).  Mary looks about 10 here, so I'm guessing this was about 1880.  Isn't this just amazing?

More thanks to Jenny!

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