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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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Researching Heschs

Grandpa Anton was one of 11 children born to Paul and Mary (Otremba) Hesch. They were Rose, John, Frank, Theresa, Anton, Joseph, Paul, Theodore, Mathias, Stephen and Mary. (Paul and Mary adopted two kids from the orphan trains, too--a daughter named Lucy and a son named Paul Vincent Doyle).

*Rose married Louis Gottwalt and moved to Rice, Mn.
*Theresa became Sr. Laura, OSB.
*Theodore married Rosalia Dehler and moved to Minneapolis.
*Mathias married Mary Tetiva and lived on the home place, a mile west of Buckman, Mn.
*Mary married Joe Peterson, and moved to Bruno, Mn.
*Anton married Elizabeth Sand so they could be our
These six are the 'greats' we grew up with, mostly un-aware of the others, right?
So, what happened to John, Frank, Joe, Paul and Stephen, and the adopted kids?

Well, Stephen died as an infant, and
Paul Jr died "out west" at 20 years old.

Frank went to work on the railroad and
died in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1922.

John evidently had a form of rheumatism and moved around the county looking for relief, but didn't find it. He married Katie Mueller. They had five children who survived his death in January of 1926, in Buckman.

Grandpas' brother Joseph died when his shotgun accidently went off when he was returning from one of his fields. That was in October of 1926, 9 months after John died. What a sad year for that family!

Joe was married to Anna Heurung, and they had seven kids.

And, here's another Otremba connection: Anna subsequently married John B. Otremba who was 16 years older than she was. This is the family Paul (Bunyan) Hesch came from, up in Brainerd (scroll down, his story is here

Some of those obits mention a "Mrs Max Klein" as a sister of the deceased, so I assume that was Lucy, and Paul Doyle moved to Minneapolis but stayed close to brother Math's family all his life.

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