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, April 9, 2009

A few extra pics

We were speaking of Online National Treasures, right? Well, besides Larry and me (wink, wink), there's also a pretty good one called The Library of Congress. It's searchable digitized material (
When I was searching for pictures to illustrate Math's Diary, I entered 1913, cuz with 1914, you get mostly WWI pictures. For instance, this is a photo of a street in Berlin in 1913--no wonder Math remarked on the noisy "honk-honks".

And here's the Olympic, being towed into New York harbor in 1911. It's pretty much exactly how it would've looked in

I also found photos of farming in Europe at the time, since Math and Ted would have noticed the methods used, and since Math mentions it often in his notes.

(Incredible to be haying or plowing in a long dress!)

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