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, April 18, 2009

Math's Diary--Part Ten--June 17th to 20th, 1914

(This is the final part of a notebook diary kept by Math Hesch during a trip he took to Europe with his brother Ted in the spring of 1914. Click DIARY on the sidebar to see only the diary entries. Enjoy!)

June 17--Tuesday--We are in New York. Maybe we ain't chewing snuff.

As I am writing this, I am sitting along side of the Olympic and waiting to be taken to the Kesselgarden.
It is a nice place. Can see the men working & so on.

8 P.M. we have been through the immigrant house on Ellis Island. Some fun there.
(Larry found that Math and Ted are still listed as 'immigrants' at Ellis Island when they returned home in June of 1914. "Some fun there" must have been messing with the )
(This is how Ellis Island looked from an arriving boat. It opened for business in 1900, and accepted over 12 million people before closing in 1954).

(The Immigrant House between 1907 and 1912. Math and Theo would have passed this way on a lark. As citizens, they could have avoided it altogether, but pretending to be German was probably WAY more fun! )

(A bit more ELLIS ISLAND HISTORY here.)

We are on the train and will soon leave for Chicago.

June 18--Wednesday--We traveled all night on the New York Central. Will soon be in Buffalo were we change cars.

Here we are in Buffalo N. Y. watching em switch.
Will soon leave for Chicago.
This town has 600 & 50 thousand living in it. Nice town.

Well, we are going out of Buffalo now 2 P.M. & are due in Chicago 12:25 it is 524 miles to go. We have 2 locomotives on here & 16 cars--some run & drag.

June 19--Thursday--Well we went along some all night and are in Chicago, but we'll leave again.
10:15 A.M.--Am on the train now for Minneapolis. Nice depot here, the Northwestern.

We are in Wyeville, Wisconsin.
(Wyeville was so-named because two train tracks crossed there, creating a "wye", or a sort of triangle of tracks where a whole train could reverse direction or make a right-angle turn. Think about it--the whole train could go past the triangle, then back up onto the second side, and proceed via the third side back the way it came or, in the Wyeville scenario, a north-south train could go east-west from there. Pretty cool!)

It is June. Has some ice cream, the first for this year. It was good junk.

The water around here is all red. Can't tell why--river, creek, & all look red.
We are in Hudson now 9:15 P.M. & on the St. Croix River.

(I really REALLY wanted to find an old picture of the Hudson depot, but the best I could do was take a current photo I found on flickr of the depot, and "fix" it by replacing the new train with an old Don't look too closely, it's amaturish, but it gives you an idea. To the left of the picture is the St Croix river, just down the embankment. If the passenger cars were farther back along the train, they would have been parked over the water, I think).
The train stands on the bridge. The depot is standing here & water all around it.

We got to Minneapolis at 10:35.

June 20--Friday--Are now in the little Soo depot & ready to go home. It is raining hard now.

And that's the end of Math's Diary.

You know they remembered the trip all their long lives.

It was a record of something amazing. International travel for two farm boys from Buckman had to be a stunning experience.

And now, 95 years later, we descendants got to re-live it with them here, on a medium they couldn't have imagined....which is something amazing in OUR lives.

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