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 Buckman Connections. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Buckman Connections. Show all posts

Friday, March 14, 2014

A letter from Ferdie

In 1930, there was a family east of Buckman by the name of Stepan.  Albert and Marie Stepan were in their late 30s.  They had five kids at the time--Oswald, Ferdinand, Lawrence, Clarence and May Josephine; (Dolores came later).  Albert's dad, Lorenz, had lived with the family, but had died the year before.  Marie's dad was Henry Dengel, and in 1920, the young Stepan family lived with them in Buckman (all according to the 1920 and 1930 censuses and the LFHerald ☺).

Albert & Marie's son Ferdinand is 94 now.  As a pastime, he types monthly reminiscent letters to the Stepan descendants about when he was young. 

So...are Stepans related to Heschs?  Both families came from Bohemia and lived in Buckman, but other than that, I don't know.  Because the blog is online and searchable, I got an email last month from Chris, Ferdie's niece, with this wonderful letter attached.  (I re-typed it so it can be translated).
The letter is one connection with Heschs, where Ferdie specifically mentions Grandpa AA and his brother Math...☺


We lived one mile east of Buckman. The mail came to Pierz by Star Route and by Passenger and Mail Train, to Genola.  The post office in Pierz had several routs and they did a good job of getting the mail out into the community. Our mailman was Leo Virnig, always on time, well liked. Hed leave Mail at the Post Office in Buckman operated by Pete Blake.  It was also a service station.  The day the Pierz Journal came also came some congestion as a fellow wrote a column every week and the people wanted to have their paper right now. The guy did a good job and it was quite hilarious once in awhile.  Matt Hesch was his name and he had a brother Tony. They were kinda in the Moonshine business.  Matt worked for the Soil Conservation and he did a good job.  I don't think they were ever thought of as non [law] abiding citizens.  They had large families, some nice girls, too.
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Back to the Mail.
We had lots of snow some winters and those years the roads were not plowed or kept open so people just did the best thing and went by horse and sleigh, or walked. The Postman got Dad interested to haul the mail with horses and a nice Bus on a sleigh. Dad signed a five year contract.  We had to deliver Mail three yr And the other years we got a small sum just to be ready. This was all Govt involved. All went well and it was a fun job as we got to know the people on the route. It was a nice cozy bus the Mailman furnished, a little wood stove to keep things warm. Even had head light on and used it the first year. The next year things went better as our oldest Brother came home to help. He and Dad divided the routes so it was not such a hassle.
We had a nice little sleigh and Dad had a carpenter in town build a dandy Bus on it. A little wood stove in it and they were the coziest little house to live in for the time it took to do the job. A couple days were kinda hectic with the Sears and Wards and a few Spiegles catalouges had to be delivered. Those days people did lots of mail ordering and the Mailman did the delivering. When some of those orders came to be delivered the Bus was full but you always had to keep things in order so it really was not a big chore. Things often got returned as the people those days were the same as they are now, only at a slower pace. One time a guy passed a Counterfit half dollar for some stamps. I think the only thing done was give this guy a good talking to and let him know that he could sit in jail for a long time if he was reported. How someone came up with a coin like that I can't imagine how they figured they'd get by with it. One fellow called the post office and wanted Dad to bring him some JT chewing tobacco. He figured Dad was a good sport and would just get the tobacco and hand it to him. Well, Dad knew he was working for the Postal Service so there was to be a postage fee. I have no idea how much it was but the guy chomped at the bit for a long time. There were some folks that showed theit appreciation for getting mail every day and would bring a piece of cake or a few cookies. I had a chance to go along on the route several
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times but only when there were lots of parcels to be delivered. We were never to leave the bus or the mail but if there were two of us it was OK. The horses had to be kept in reign at all times. I was along with my brother one day and it was a lucky day for him. We had to turn off the main road that was plowed and the snowplow had made kind of a ridge and my Brother tried to manuever as good as possible but it was not a good day for us as the sleigh got caught against that ridge and the horses mad kinda jump and broke the doubletree and took off. I guess the crack it made when that broke sounded like a rifle shot.  I took off after the horses and they ran a little more than a half a mile and turned into a farmers yard. This guy gave me another doubletree and we got going again, and we figured as long as the horses were so anxious to run, that is what we made em do and got the mail delivered in good time. I think we were lucky that I was along that day, at least the mail did not have to stand without someone with it. That was the worst accident we had in those three years of driving. I think this is enough about our mail delivering, but it was a good learning experience.*-*-*

I might not do a good job of typing this stuff but I try to shake the cobwebs a little bit once in awhile and see what I can come up with, or up with come.------
                 From the desk of the coyotes den.  GOOD HUNTING.  


Friday, June 15, 2012

A fire at Hurrle's

When I see or hear the name Hurrle (Hurley), I think of Blaise Hurrle, a contemporary of dads'.  

Wouldn't it be cool if this incident more or less named the kid? ☺

(Sometimes I'm so funny even I can hardly stand it!)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Woohoo! Let's PAR-TAY!!

I'll just post these and let you read thru them.  Of course they were saved because of the guest lists, but more than that, they tell us who hung out together, ya know?
Pierz Journal, April, 1912 

Pierz Journal, June, 1913

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Gerhard & Marie Terhaar Family

I'm still amazed at how faithfully these old photos copied when they were reduced for the Pictorial Atlases, and how well they scan and enlarge now, more than 100 years later.  This pic was smaller than a deck of cards in the books, but we can see hands on shoulders, buttons, folds and trim on clothing, and definitely physical traits passed along from Gerhard and Marie. Wow!

Once again, I don't know of any Hesch links to this family, but the name is certainly familiar.  We've posted about the two youngest boys before--John because he was a banker and ball player in Buckman when he grew up, and Ferdinand because Larry found a photo of him in Life Magazine in 1947.
Here's the family as listed in the 1895 Minnesota State Census:
Looks like the oldest daughter had already left home in 1895, but she came home for the portrait (10 kids on the census but 11 in the pic).
The census says Gerhart was 48 and  Mary was 40.  The kids at home then were Anna, 18, Heinrich, 17, Barbara, 15, Margaretha, 12, Adelhart, 11, Elizabetha, 9, Nickolaus, 7, Mary, 6, John, 4, and Ferdinand, 1.
Added later:  From the Pierz Journal, published in two separate issues in August of 1909:
(Unrelated: See the family just above Terhaars on the census?  Looks like BEDNAR was sometimes written as BETNAR.  It's just interesting ☺ )

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bednars and Kieffers

As I page thru the Pictorial Atlases to find photos of people I recognize, there are lots more pics that don't connect with me at all.  OR, I'll become aware of a family or two, and then, need to go back and search for em.  
This was one of those times ☺.
Last week, I finally met Carolyn, a granddaughter of Frank Sand, our grandma's youngest sib.  Her mom was Amelia, third from left, ok? 

Her aunt Dolores (third from right) married John Kieffer, and apparently someone in her family took this "submit-family-photos-to-be-published-for-posterity" thing more seriously than the Heschs did.  Hooray!

So, you say, remind me how Bednars fit.  'K, look at the top photo--Frank Sand married Catherine Bednar
(I'm posting as many Bednar pics as I found in the Atlases, tho I don't know how they all fit.  They're here for posterity ☺).

 (This was a curious phenomenon among photos in the books:  a person not in the main pic was pasted in on the side--this time, the extra person was a bit bigger than the others.  Oh, well!)

 I think this Joseph is Catherine's brother, his wife Ursula Meyer, and family.  Their obits mention other familiar family names and make some 'Oh wow" connections for us.    

Joseph J. Bednar, 
 May 28, 1995 
 Pierz, Minnesota

Funeral services were May 31 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pierz with Rev. Kenneth Brenny officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Joseph J. Bednar was born August 12, 1904 in Pierz Township, MN, the son of the late John and Anna (Meyer) Bednar. He grew up and attended school in Pierz. Joseph was united in marriage to Ursula Meyer on November 17, 1926 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pierz. The couple purchased the family farm east of Genola in 1926 and farmed until retiring in 1962. In 1942, Joe started Bednar Trucking Co. and began taking cattle to St. Paul. He sold Bednar Trucking to his son in 1954. Joseph served as Pierz Township assessor, served years on the Federal Land Bank Board as a director and was chairman of the loan committee. He served 30 years as a director of the Tri-County Coop Board and, at the time of his retirement, was president of the Board. Joe served as director on the Oak Leaf Telephone Company (telephone service to the Pierz area) in Pierz until 1952. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pierz and the Farmers Union. Joe enjoyed baseball, all-star wrestling and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Ursula Bednar; sons, Sylvester Bednar and wife Maxine of Pierz, Kenneth Bednar and wife Antoinette of Hillman, MN, Roger Bednar and wife Nancy of Pierz; daughters, Marita Marshik and husband Virgil of Annandale, MN, Janice Gordon of Winston-Salem, NC, and Joyce Tomala and husband Roy of South Haven, MN; brother, John Bednar of St. Paul, MN; and daughter-in-law, Noreen Bednar of West Hills, CA; 27 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Allen Bednar; son-in-law, James Gordon; brothers, Chris and Ben Bednar; sisters, Mary Otremba and Martha Bednar.

Honorary pallbearers were Ken Fehrman, Tony Medek, Carly Lochner, Albert Urai, Donald Bednar and Gene Pawlu.

Pallbearers were Gordon Marshik, David, Robert and Joshua Bednar, Paul Tomala and Steven Gordon. 

Ursula Bednar 
May 21, 1999 

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church for Ursula Bednar, 91, who died Friday at St. Mary's Villa.Interment will be in the parish cemetery.Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel. Christian Mothers will pray a rosary at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel in Pierz followed by parish prayers at 8.

Ursula Bednar was born on a farm near Center Valley in Hillman Township, Morrison County, to Matias and Mary (Billmeyer) Meyer. She was raised near Center Valley, and married Joseph J. Bednar on Nov. 17, 1926, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church. The couple purchased the family farm east of Genola in 1926. She was a homemaker, a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and a 50-year member of Christian Mothers. She had been a resident of St. Mary's Villa since September 1995.

Survivors include sons and daughters, Sylvester and Roger of Pierz, Kenneth of Hillman, Marita Marshik of Annandale, Janice Gordon of Winston-Salem, N.C., Joyce Tomala of South Haven; brother and sisters, Sylvester of Sauk Rapids, Margaret Weiss of Pierz, Theresa Kastanek of Washington, Madlyn Voltin of South Bend, Ind.; 27 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, May 28, 1995; son, Allen; brothers, Walter 'Mike,' Reinhard and Wilfred; and sisters, Kathryn Crotty, Loretta Sitzman, Hildegard Duschner and Ida Dahmen. 

Saturday, March 31, 2012


I'm rifling the Atlases again this week, since I know some treasures were missed the first time I paged thru, especially photos of people I didn't immediately recognize.  You may not find these pictures all that interesting, but someone will.  Be sure to enlarge each one (the detail's amazing, considering how tiny each pic was in the books).
I particularly love this one, of "James Foss, John Kieffer & Tom Czech". Obviously friends, they might have been illustrating the most usual clothes for men in Buckman in the 1920s--Tom was comfortable as the farmer in overalls (his 'look' for all 98 of his years).  John in his dress shirt, suspenders and tie would have been the store owner, the local businessman.   James was the city slicker, the man about town, maybe the  rum runner?  Check the jaunty angle of  their stoggies ☺.

I know this building looks like  Mueller's Bar and Hardware Store, but no, it was Schmolkes General Store, with the annex on the far side serving as the US Post Office, I believe.  It was located kitty-cornered from Muellers and Mischkes stores.  Competition in Buckman must have been fierce.  Wouldn't you love to know who all the people were on the porch?  Probably John Schmolke and Pete Blake, for sure, and any boys who were out running around that day.
This must have been the wedding of a Stangl grandkid--one daughter is wearing a corsage too, see?

The Frank Stangl family is notable to me because of the two "kids" on the left.  Recognize either one?  Seated is Marie (Stangl) Pohlkamp, wife of Lambert and long time neighbor of Roman and Emily Dehler...and he's Fr. Alfred Stangl, chaplain at the St Cloud hospital, who also says the televised mass many Sunday mornings.  My Sunday client loves him ☺.

Remember hearing about "Pinky Suess" when we were kids?  I don't recall meeting him, but I've always been curious about that nickname.  The photo looks like he and John Mueller had a great day fishing.  This was probably in the late 40s or early 50s.
(No, there was no Pinky Quess).

Here's an individual  portrait of Mary Mischke,  but I don't know how she fits.  We know the immigrant Mischke couple was Joseph and Mary, but they were in their 60s in 1900, and this photo looks to be from about that time--1890 to 1910, so this Mary is much younger.
Wait--I bet this was August's mother, the daughter who lived with Joseph and Mary in the 1900 census, huh?  One of three living children, sure.  She was 20 in 1900.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Miscellaneous Atlas pics for you

Well! Central Minnesota is having its first good snowstorm of the winter, on the last day of February...sigh!  But, since driving out there today isn't advised, I switched clients around and I'm home, snug and safe, baking bread...and posting more Pictorial Atlas stuff.  Lucky for you...and me!
No, we're not fixated on Hartmans Store in Pierz, but it seems like they promoted the store with photos pretty often, and some of those pics have survived ☺. So, when we find one, it's interesting, ya know?
Especially when we have a date, like here, or can figure it out.  This photo was in the Pictorial Atlas, and what interested Larry and me are all the people lined up along-side the store, with a whole lot of implements.  What was that all about?
Ha! Mr Research found (honest!) a history of the oldest John Deere dealerships in the country, and Hartmanns was one.>>
Evidently, Phillip Hartmann opened the store in this location in Pierz in 1899-1900.  Here's his bio in the 1915 "History of Morrison & Todd counties, Minnesota", where we find that Phil was in business in the south end of Pierz first, and moved to the north end later, and then to this already existing building.  Was this moving day...or the first big implement shipment? When the photo's enlarged enough, you can see all kinds of shafts for hitching horses to.  Oh, trivia: When Phillip Hartmann bought this building, it was only 97 feet long (and 22 feet wide).  After two additions, by 1915 it was 36 X 190 feet. Wow!
I was surprised to find this GOOD copy of the 1925 Buckman Baseball team.  We've featured it before, but that copy was badly faded.

 Son has my copy of Horst's book so I can't check for sure, but wasn't Hoheisel's a Buckman business?
Where, you ask, was the Green Schoolhouse?  Well, remember the road between Royalton and Little Rock?  It's called Nature Road now.  The school was closer to Little Rock at the only jog in the whole distance...and if this was actually 1935, Anton and Lizzy Hesch lived just south of it, where the red square is.  Uncle Tony would have been 7 that year, and since he attended the Green schoolhouse, that could be him lower right!
BTW, yeah, the Green Schoolhouse was painted green when I was a kid, and it was a landmark for directions, like, "If you pass the Green Schoolhouse, you've gone too far!"  And BTW x2: Dad sold Dimey and Queeny to a farmer "just east of the Green Schoolhouse" and across the road.  
This pic makes me laugh, and wonder whatever prompted it?