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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Monday, April 11, 2016

A Peeps Diorama Contest

Last month, the Weyerhaeuser Museum in Little Falls announced a year of "peep" themed exhibits. To that end, they're asking for things like microscopes, telescopes, and binoculars to use at the museum for a year..(and of course, peep is short for people.  Oughta be a fun year!)  The kick-off is a Peep Diorama Contest, with each entry depicting some event in Morrison County history. The rules are at the link, and the entries need to be at the museum by April 15, so you still have plenty of time.

Now, Larry and I have been perusing documents and especially local newspapers from Morrison Co for the last 6-7 years, and I have a few thousand photos and virtual clippings from the Pierz Journal and Little Falls Herald in files here on the computer.  We thought about depicting the Faust theater showing of Henry Gau's "Son of the Soil", but where would I get little theater seats, and how would we show the film?  (That'd be the best part ☺).

We might have done the front office of the Pierz Journal (would have been way COOL and required only 2 Peeps):
Or Peep Uncle Math on his Excelsior motorcycle with a side car full of peep kids:

Or Peep "Hat Ladies" attending a wedding in Buckman:

Or the 1925 Buckman Baseball team, or the Pierz Band, done in Peeps!

But what we settled on finally was to show this event:

We're pretty pleased with how it turned out ☺
Good luck to anyone who enters!

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