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 29, 2015

The Neuhaus "White Lady" Ghost

Ooooo--A ghost story! From an article in an Ohio newspaper in 1871.  Larry found it on the Library of Congress website (fifth column). No, it probably wasn't breaking news to anyone in Urbana, Ohio that March, but it would have been a good story, and if you were practicing your English, the connection with Europe would have been interesting.
More than likely, the original Pawel Hesch and his son Martin (and his son Johann) knew about the legend and probably believed there was a White Lady who roamed the castle.  Did they tell the story to our great grandfather Paul, and did he take it with him to America?  Was it maybe something he told his own kids  on the homestead west of Buckman?
I find it really odd that the author says it was the SAME White Lady haunting castles all over Europe.  Couldn't central casting find any other disgruntled dead women to haunt their own castles?
(BTW, Neuhaus was the German name for Jindrichuv Hradec, the larger town less than 5 miles from where our ancestors lived...)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What to do with old photographs

Last month, cousin Sue stopped in with her husband John.  They were home from Nebraska, this time not for a funeral.  We had a wonderful chat, and I showed her pics I have of her as a child.  She hadn't seen a few of them, ever.
I never thought about this before--some of the photos I inherited when mom died are pictures of cousins and aunts and uncles.  They were taken when those relatives were at our house for first communions or birthdays, but you know what?  Those cousins never saw the pics because they were taken by mom, so they stayed at our house.  YOU probably have photos in your collections too, of people who would love those photos if they only knew they existed.  The internet and a scanner make it much more possible now, too, or just send the originals.  What a gift!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Math's Diary scans Page 6

Twenty seven
Twenty nine

Twenty eight

...and then, they were back in Minnesota, ready to go on with their lives here.

Math's Diary scans Page 5

Twenty one

Twenty two
Twenty three

Twenty four
Twenty five

Twenty six

Math's Diary scans Page 4





Math's Diary scans Page 3





Math's Diary scans Page 2




Math's Diary Scans

It occurs to me that we talked, studied and posted about the trip my great uncles took to Europe in 1914, but I've never posted the whole thing so you could see it yourself, as Math wrote it.  So, here it is.  Since it's almost impossible to keep them in order as I position em on the page, I'll do 6 pages on each post.   Each page should be clickable.



Sunday, January 25, 2015

"The hammer brigade" and a little 'schputt'

There must have been especially vocal dissent in Pierz about something in the fall of 1914.  I like "you can hear them knowing away..." in particular.  Dr Ed Kerkhoff was publisher and editor in 1914, so I'll attribute this to him.  
From the September 17th, 1914 Pierz Journal:

 "The hammer brigade are always in trim. Listen and you can hear them knowing away upon every side.  They work without pay, furnish their own rations, and never take a layoff.  They are the most persistent people on earth.  Every one of them has an idea that his own little carpet-tack driver is a maul. But I have observed that woodpeckers seldom harm a living tree.  They always make their big noise upon a dead branch".

John Dombovy married Martha Otremba (according to a 1930 obit for Mrs Jacob Niesius, "Mrs. John Dombovy of St. Paul and Mrs. Theo. Stumpf of Genola are sister of the deceased and Charles Otremba of Golden Valley, N.D., is a half-brother of the deceased") but I'm posting this because the article is snarky so it caught my eye ☺.  John Dombovy was the son of Florian & Johanna Dombovy, and was 31 in 1914.  He must have been a good sport and was probably well liked in Pierz for this kind of teasing "news", ya know?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A photo of seven Hesch kids from 1925

I had a delightful lunch with Aunt Eileen today.  On the way back to her house, she said she had some pics for me to see.  Gawd, she could have offered pure dark chocolate and I wouldn't have been as interested.  She knows me!

She had two pics of Bev, specifically because they looked so much like me ☺.  Made us both laugh.  There was a photo of Shirley and her grandson, and one taken in California of Uncle Tony, Aunt Fronie and Uncle Matt.  We looked at a brag book of Laurie's grandkids Ambrose and Augustine (honest, Aunt Eileen's great great grand kids)...but the two pictures I asked for were these:
Uncle Matt and Aunt Eileen
Hesch, about 1980
                                 Probably Fall, 1925                                                    

The kids pic is so COOL!  It fits with others we got from Judy after the reunion, but these are dad and all his sibs except Tony, who wasn't born yet.  Wait, let me put em side by side.  I think they might have been taken on the same weekend since the background is the same, even tho the big boys are dressed up.  If dad was 12 or so, the twins would have been 10.

 Rosie was a baby here (born in January), and she looks maybe 6-7 months old, so it was August or September 1925.  Henry was 2, Katie was 4, Fronie was 6. (The gap between the twins and Fronie was because Grandma lost a baby, Stephen, in 1917).  If you enlarge the new pic, you'll see that Mike is wearing the same suit as below--see the lapel pin?
 Here's the new pic, cropped closer.
Isn't this just neat? Click to biggify, too.
L to R--Matt, Mike holding Rosie, Ted
Katie, Henry and Fronie