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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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Math's Diary--Part Eight--June 8th and 9th, 1914

In which you can tell how IMPRESSED Math was with

(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!)

June 8--Sunday--Will soon be in Harwich, England.

Had a nice ride on a good boat over from the Hook.
6 hours & a half. St. Pettersburg is the name of this ship.

Things haven't changed much: "Port of Harwich Ferry Routes and Cruises: Harwich to the Hook of Holland, Holland - Harwich, Essex, England, UK There are multiple crossings every day between Harwich and the Hook of Holland, operated by Stena Line. The sailing duration is approximately 3 hours, 45 minutes on the Stena HSS and 6 hours, 15 minutes on the daytime superferry and the overnight ferry". I assume it works the other way,

Well we are in the biggest village of the world--London-- and are drinking good old lager, 6 pence per glass.

Am getting hungry. Have tried all they have in London, but England don't agree with us.

Well we are paying 1.25 each for bed & breakfast...not so bad, but it is a rotten room.

June 9--Monday--Seen a good part of London so far- seen the mayor of London this morning.

Sir Thomas Bowater, Lord Mayor of London in 1914

(And now YOU'VE seen him, too!)

London has 6 million living in her. We rode ten miles on the tram this morning to get out of the smoke.

Seen a great big church.
(Shown is Westminster Cathedral, but you can take your pick HERE)

Just had a shave & hair cut for 12 cents. Cheap here.
Seen a big bridge & lots other things.
(Probably the Tower Bridge, finished just 20 years earlier) 
(Added April, 2011: a panoramic view of the Tower Bridge--WOW)

Ok, the big trip was practically over, and our travellers were jaded by now, but there's STILL more excitement to come on the Olympic...

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