Three brothers came to America--Paul, Mathias and Anton Hesch, with their parents Johann and Maria.
Paul settled in Buckman, Minnesota around 1875, and the others settled in Waumandee, Buffalo county, Wisconsin. In about 1885, John, Mary and son Anton moved to Pierz (the census that year called rural Pierz 'Little Falls', but they lived just west of Pierz in Agram township).
Mathias and his wife Agnes had 10 kids, two or more of whom stayed in Waumandee when Math and Aggie moved to Pierz in 1911, after Anton died.
THIS photo is from HISTORIC MAP WORKS , a site that publishes and sells copies of old rural directories, among other things. Larry found it in the 1966 Buffalo County, Wisconsin, directory there. Rudy was the son of Valentine, Mathias' oldest.
According to the 'Waumandee News' in Winona's papers of the time, Val made many trips to Pierz before he died in June of 1946. Val's sister Elizabeth married Valentine Sendelbach there, and stayed in Waumandee, too. Their descendants still live in and around Buffalo County. I'd really LOVE to meet them and all Mathias' descendants. The reunion in August is intended to gather descendant of Paul and Mathias. (Anton was a lifelong bachelor).