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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Sunday, January 18, 2009


We're planning a reunion of HESCHs for this August, 2009. (WE means cousins Judy and Jerry and me). We have addresses for a lot of you, and email addresses for others, but some relatives are elusive. For instance, did you know that great grandpa Paul had brothers who also emigrated to America? They were Mathias and Anton, both of whom lived in Pierz, and are buried there.

Anton never married, but because of his obituary, we were able to figure out WHERE they came from, and Mathias' obituary corroborated it.

Anyway, Mathias married a girl from the same Bohemian village, Agnes Trachofsky, and they settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin.

Math and Agnes moved to Pierz in about 1911 with their younger children John, Rose, Anna, Lillian and Clara. We assume they inherited the farm from Anton when he died. Son John took it over when they quit farming. We know Rose and Clara died as young adults.

Lillian and Anna have fallen off our family radar, but we'd really like them to be represented at the reunion. Two older children stayed in Waumandee--Valentine and Mary.

Luckily, the obituary for Agnes Trachofsky Hesch listed her childrens' married names.

Won't it be fun to meet relatives we didn't KNOW about?

1 comment:

  1. Great work, Mom! The work here will be valued for generations to come....