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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Monday, January 19, 2009


One-hundred and sixty three years ago tomorrow, in a village called Oberschlagles (by its' German inhabitants) or Horni Lhota (by neighboring Czechs), in the district of Jindrichuv Hradec and the parish of Horni Pena, a son was born to Johann Hesch and Maria (Schlinz) Hesch. He was named PAUL.
He eventually emigrated to Minnesota, and married Mary Otremba. They had 11 children and adopted two more.

His fifth child was Anton, our grandfather.

Sometime tomorrow, when you're watching the Inaguration festivities for our new president, think of how truly fortunate we are that Paul Hesch was born, and that 163 years later, we live such good lives in America. WE were his dream.

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