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, February 26, 2009

Math's Diary--Part One--April 14th to 17th, 1914

(This is part of a notebook diary kept by Math Hesch during a trip he took with his brother Ted in the spring of 1914. Click DIARY on the sidebar to see only the diary entries. Enjoy!)


The first page of the diary is mostly a list of towns the train went through on the way from Rice, Minnesota to New York City and the docks. It took 2 days, and yes, they went through part of Canada.
If you'd like to see what he wrote, check the DIARY file over on the left sidebar. He mentions farmers planting and rock fences, gravel pits and the size of towns, the muddy Susquehanna River and the mountains in Pennsylvania. He appreciated seeing the engines on curves, and riding through a mile long tunnel near Vosberg, Pa.

Oh, and here's the New York Times weather report for 16 April 1914 and one from the 13th about Berlin:

In part 2, they're on-board the Olympic. "Some boat!"

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