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, May 23, 2009

Hesch Memorials

It's Memorial Day weekend, 2009.

I'm thinking of going up to the cemetery in Sauk Rapids where Mom and Dad are buried, just to say hi and clean the in-ground stone a little. What a tradition, huh? But it's the last permanent place we can go to "visit" ancestors.

Here's a short virtual walk thru the "Hesch Cemetery"...

Johann and Maria Hesch...born in Bohemia...lived there till they were in their 50s...then sailed to a new world and two homes, in Waumandee, Wisconsin and finally in Pierz, Minnesota...4,500 miles from their births. (You can see where they lived in Agram in the post from yesterday).

Their sons:

Paul Hesch, and Mary Otremba...from Bohemia and Poland....they met and married here, in Buckman. Their son Anton is my Grandpa.

Mathias Hesch and Agnes Trachofsky...both from Oberschlagles, Bohemia...they emmigrated to Waumandee, Wisconsin, married there and had a family. They eventually moved to Pierz with their youngest 5 kids, and are buried in Pierz with two of their daughters.
Anton Hesch, Johann and Marias youngest son, who never married but stayed with his parents all their lives. When he died in Pierz in 1911, his brother Mathias moved here and took over the farm in Agram township, passing it on to his own son John (Huntz) Hesch, who'd been born 250 miles away, in Waumandee.

Paul's son:
Our grandparents, Anton Hesch and Elizabeth Sand, buried in Royalton, Minnesota. Royalton is about 14 miles from where they were born, in Buckman, Minnesota.

Anton's son, my dad:

What we owe these stoic people is incalculable.

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