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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Sunday, August 30, 2015

St Michael the Archangel, revisited (☺)

Statue of
St Michael  in
Is this prayer familiar to any of you?
"Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen"
As you know, occasionally unresolved research from years ago can keep a person up at night. This is particularly true of obsessive family genealogists.  For us this week, it re-ignited research on the legend of and devotion to St Michael the Archangel, and how that connects to the church in Buckman. Larry found that Pope Leo XIII happened to die in 1903, exactly when the new St Michaels in Buckman was dedicated. But wait, there's more: back in 1884, Pope Leo was inspired to write the above prayer and insist that Catholics all over the world say it (and the Salve Regina prayer) after every low mass from then on.  HERE'S the page Larry found, which I think made the decision to name the church even more acceptable, both originally and in 1903.
...and the most startlingly obvious
 model for the knock-off.
What I call the "Scalping of Satan"
picture in
St Michaels church, Buckman...


  1. Here is some extreme Pope Leo XIII trivia. He was the first Pope to be featured in an advertisement. For Vin Mariani no less... aka Coca Wine, apparently an early competitor of what would become Coca-Cola.

  2. Oh, forgot to sign in.