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, February 16, 2009

Mathias E Hesch 1890-1979


This cheery looking man is Grandpa Antons' brother Math, posing with his wife Mary and their seven daughters (a source of much teasing when my own dad kept having daughters, until Allans' birth stopped it).



In 1914, Math and his brother Ted went to Europe for 10 weeks. They went partly to see their moms' old home place in Goszczowice, (Guschwitz) Poland, and to do the Grand Tour, I suppose.

He was dads' favorite uncle, and our favorite great-uncle because he was funny, and he always carried Juicy Fruit gum. We didn't realize that giving us gum got us talking.

Math Hesch was known in Buckman as the 'local news' reporter for the Pierz Journal and the Little Falls Transcript. He had a sense of humor that wasn't always appreciated by local folks, i.e., if he heard an Ole and Lena joke, he might print it with Roman and Emily as the main characters, or Ray and Florentine....ha-ha, till you think about it.

Another thing I noticed in some "Buckman News" articles I've seen was that he played with the fact that there were THREE Math Heschs, two of whom were Math E, so he could report on his own visiting as tho it was someone else. He WAS paid by the inch.
(Math's Uncle Math moved to Pierz in 1911, and eventually, his nephew Matt joined the group. That made 3. You had to be there to know who he meant!)

In 1973, someone realized he'd been the "Buckman correspondent" for 68 years, and did a nice article in the Transcript.


In 1970, Math and Mary celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

All seven lovely daughters, in 1989: Adeline, Helen, Irene, Louise, Mary, Laura and Dolores.

When Math died six years later, his funeral was huge.



At the back of the church was a basket of gum, and we all took a piece.
Once again....it worked.



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