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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Showing posts with label 1894. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1894. Show all posts

Monday, September 30, 2013

Travel, Blow snakes and Karo syrup

The Andersons probably went by way of St Cloud, making the trip 132 miles instead of 103 miles and an hour and 49 minutes now.   

 The western hognose snake (puff adder or blow snake) is primarily diurnal. If threatened (or perceiving a threat), it may flatten its neck (much like a cobra), hiss, and make mock strikes...Although it is more common that they will flatten their heads out, some individuals may puff up, filling their throats with air. This is more common with adolescent males.

Oh yeah, I was sure this was a pull-yer-leg story, but just for fun I googled "blow snake"--and, wow, there really is/WAS such a thing.  (With snakes, you react first, talk later).  There may have been a small benefit in seeing one if it meant your friends plying you with liquor as a cure, too. "...the snake blew it's poison into his face and poisoned him" was enough, even if there was no poison.

 Wonder if the side track in Elk River ever materialized?  Who knew there were mineral springs there? Stranger things have happened; it was an age of possibilities and mineral water was mineral water, right?

 Wow, just think--Paul's wife Mary (Otremba) Hesch came here when she was 12, and now, at 57, she went to see the big ships.  Course, this may have had something to do with Math & Ted talking about going to Europe (they did the following spring), and maybe Mary wanted to see for herself whether or not the were safer now.

What an odd ad, huh?  Corn syrup was better than honey?  But maybe honey was considered poor man's sugar, where Karo was manufactured.  

This next article blew us away.  We thought "Live long and prosper" was Star Trek...but no--actually, it was used to wish a happy life to newlyweds too.
(Everything old, etc)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Logging in the pinery

I ran across this wonderful description of how a huge tree was cut down by hand. This forest was in Washington state and described in the ◄ 1894  NP railroad guide, but the method was the same no matter where the tree was.
Take the time to read thru these pages. You can almost feel the joy of being in the woods, swinging an axe.  Two men were dwarfed by the tree, but two men could cut it down.

The wood they harvested would become homes and buildings and businesses for our ancestors and their contemporaries.  Plus, the money they made doing the work helped pay for their own families' living....

Besides, logging was sort of a default industry--you needed some extra money? Go work in the woods-- like dad, grandpa, our great uncles and great-great uncles did.   It wasn't easy work, and it wasn't a cushy life, but I think it gave men a sense of conquering the wilderness and of doing their part, you know?  They were clearing land for farms and homes and towns.  They couldn't imagine EVER running out of trees, either. They were creating a good future for US.

It was a hard life, and dangerous, but at the end of the day, it must have been really, really satisfying....

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Northern Pacific Railroad Tour Guide

I so often have a subject in my head that I want to tell you about--I plan it and capture illustrations about it, and eventually I think I've DONE the post when I haven't...sigh!

One such topic is this neat book from 1894:
"The Official Northern Pacific Railroad Guide for the use of Tourists and Travelers over the lines of the Northern Pacific Railroad and its branches....containing descriptions of states, cities, towns and scenery along the route of these allied systems of transportation and embracing facts related to the history, resources, population, industries, products and natural features of the great northwest"

Whew.  The book is fascinating, cuz it really is "PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED", like it says, and there's a description of the towns along the tracks from St Paul, Minnesota to Oregon and Washington state, thru British Columbia to Alaska!

Click HERE to read it online.

The drawings below are out of context and out of order.  Its interesting to see that Great Northern thought the end of the buffalo was a good thing, and also, what they thought was worthy of including in a guidebook!
 Click to enlarge.

Remember Carl Otremba and Mary Jendro who moved to the far end of Montana?  Well, here's the description of Sentinel Butte, North Dakota from the book.  This was the area they knew all their married lives.

BTW, I have pages from the book about how lumberjacks cut a tree down then.  Yeah, they're talking forests 'out west', but the technique was pretty much the same no matter where you were.  But that's another post ☺!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

An old Carson, Pirie, Scott Catalog

Of the thousands of items pictured in this catalog from the wholesale house of Carson, Pirie, Scott in Chicago, this tiny one-man-band caught my eye.'d have to have a small nose to play it, I think.

Quite a few of the harmonicas were from Germany, and I saw the words "Getsetzlich geschutzt" on many of them.  Ha--it wasn't the company name, it translates to "protected by law"...☺

Here's the pdf file of the whole catalog from 1893-94. (Click "read online").
 You'll love it!