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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Friday, May 22, 2009

Agram Township, 1892

Now, THIS is cool. It's 1892, five years before our great-great grandfather Johann Hesch died (me, dad, Anton, Paul, Johann). This map is from the Morrison County Plat book, and the village of Pierz (Rich Prairie) is just off the top right corner.

Click it to biggify. Recognize any names?

There were 57 pages in the book, and on page 56, this "List of Patrons" included the name of their farms, and what they specialized in.

Ok, so John didn't name his farm, but he's listed as "Farmer and Stock Breeder". Close enough.

From the same page, here're the Buckman patrons. I wonder: did Frank Mischke pay extra for all that?

Again, note that these are not ALL the farmers, just the "patrons". Ka-ching!

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