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, January 31, 2009

Graveyard monuments

When John Hesch died in 1897, his son Paul was 50 years old. I assume Paul had a say in the style of headstone they bought for the grave, since it's so much like the one used on his own grave 3 years later, and Antons' in 1911. (And also, for Pauls' son Paul, when he died in 1907).

Years later, when Mathias' daughters died (1917 and 1930) the "family" style was changed to a larger stone that would accomodate more people:

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