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, January 14, 2016

Curly's Prayerbook

Ach, it's surprising how much stuff I "inherited" after mom passed away in 1996...and how much I've forgotten I even have.  There are three boxes the size of peach crates (remember them?), one with black & white photos, another with color photos, and another with flotsam and jetsam.  A few weeks ago, I opened that third box looking for one thing but finding another, as always happens.
There was dad's missal, The St Joseph "Continuous" Sunday Missal, imprimatur 1957.  It was a funny old religion back then, where Catholicism, nuns and priests were basically infallible, and a bazillion angels and saints were hovering, waiting to judge our every demand/request. Remember the word "beseech"?

I have a feeling Curly the Usher picked this book up after it spent a few lost weeks in a back pew.  He needed to be holding a missal if he were demanding that we follow the mass in ours, but I doubt he ever bought it.  He liked pictures, just like we did, and he had a collection.  Inside, every 25 pages or so, dad kept clusters of funeral or prayer cards. Most I recognize, but a couple may have been the original owners' ☺.
The fronts of the cards are on the left, and the corresponding verses on the right.  Click to enlarge...

 Yup, all from the missal.

Bonus: A scan of the famous laminated Confession Guide we all carried around (still makes me feel guilty)...and an odd esoteric prayer that almost explains the indulgence-mindset that Martin Luther found so disgusting (read the bottom paragraph first).

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