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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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sr Laura--something old, and something new

In 1913, the year dad was born, his Aunt Theresa was a teaching sister in St Augusta, Minnesota, according to the 1910 census.  This was her first parish school assignment, since she'd made her final vows earlier that year.  Ever after, she was known as Sr Laura O.S.B.

With the zeal of a new teacher, Larry found that she sent helpful hints to a Minnesota magazine called "School Education", identifying herself as Laura Hesch rather than Sr Laura.  (Either it was the preference of the editor, or a convent education put you above the typical grade-school teacher at the time, an unfair advantage?)  Anyway, this Laura Hesch had to be "ours" ☺.
Click the link up there--she submitted four hints, one of which ("Botany Made Interesting") earned her third place in the competition for October.  For her efforts, she won  a book called "The Home School".
The whole issue of School Education is full of great hints from enthusiastic educators and would still be useful today, I think.  Teachers have always been generous with sharing ideas that work!
 The other Sr Laura news is via Sr Owen Lindblad.  She emailed this week to say her book about Sr Laura, "So Far, So Good", will be published in September.  It's available for $12.99 a copy from--

c/o Sister Ann Marie Biermaier, OSB
104 Chapel Lane
St Joseph, Mn 56374

COOL, huh?

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