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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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Math's Diary--Part Three--April 25th to 27th, 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!)

This must have felt like the REAL thing for Ted and Math: they were really in Europe, dealing with actual Europeans. Was their German sufficient? Did they miss stuff because they didn't know the word for it?

In any event, they were on the way to Berlin, and that'll be part four--the trip from Berlin to their mothers' home in Gushwitz.

We are in London now--April 25.
It is 12:10 now, just had dinner in London, coffee and bread and meat.
Busy street. Nice to see.
In London- going through tunnels most of the time.
As we go along we see coal miners & meet many trains loaded with same.
All one horse wagons and well one horse outfit.
All is in blossoms along the line - we only stop about every 3 hours. Go well.
Some locomotives are all green and only 2 drivers.
All hedge fences.
We are in Peterborough, England now at 2:30 P.M.
Brick yards for miles can be seen.
100 miles to Grimsby where we get off.
Just seen a wind mill.
Cars are chained together.
Well, we are in Grimsby now and on the boat 7 P.M.
Most rotten boat I ever seen.

BTW, heres a little video of the North Sea. It was made in 1951 and "is an... account of the labour-intensive North Sea herring fishing industry"...but the waves would be the same, and just as sickening.

April 26th--Saturday--3P.M.--Some sun.
I am sick, throwed up once.
Can count 26 steam boats--fishing mostly.
Beds and food no good on here. North Sea is a little rough.

April 27--Sunday--4 A.M.--Are in Hamburg now.

[A seaport of Germany, capital of the free state of Hamburg, on the right bank of the northern arm of the Elbe, 75 m. from its mouth at Cuxhaven and 178 m. N.W. from Berlin by rail. It is the largest and most important seaport on the continent of Europe and (after London and New York) the third largest in the world...(according to the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica) ]

Had 250 passengers.
We are on the train to Berlin- 3rd class is good.
Seen about 50 deer running wild on a farm.
Much timber here, all pine trees.
Cows do the plowing, all Holstein.
Just went through Loungfer Leide at a good clip.
Seen 1,000 of feet of lumber.

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