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, October 14, 2017

A Beautiful Button Madonna

A few weeks ago, I heard about a Madonna, made of buttons, in a church in Little Falls, Mn.  Since I've been sewing "button art" lately, it seemed like something I'd be interested in--but WOW!  The Madonna is delightful, and the story is even better...

It was made by fifty-three  3rd and 4th grade students in 1951-1952.  Their teacher, Sr Elvan Drayna, used the Madonna as a "unique motivational learning project" for those kids.  If they finished their work or were especially good, they'd get to go sew a button or two.  But first, they had to collect the buttons--the prettiest buttons came from all over as parents, relatives, friends and neighbors got involved.
Yesterday, I stopped by Our Lady of Lourdes to see for myself.  It's hanging on the south wall in the basement...probably 8 feet by 4 feet or so?  It's protected by glass, so photos have a reflection, but still...just look at the lovely (and kind of familiar) variety of buttons.  (Click the pics).
Here's the class who created the Madonna--they would have been born around 1942 or so and would be in their 70s now.  Do you recognize any of them?
Thanks, John! 😊

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