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, May 24, 2009

So, who's this Larry guy?

I've probably gone over-board on extolling the virtues of the internet here, but it IS amazing. Almost every post here has been found or enhanced or transmitted over the 'net, and 99% was due to Larry's research skills.
Some things you should know about him:

--He's been collecting his own family history since he was a kid in Hawaii, and he has notes in his little-kid handwriting to prove
--He grew up Catholic, too, so he understands.
--He and his wife Jan live in Georgia.
--We met when I answered a question he posted on his blog five years ago.
--His own family is Pennsylvania Dutch, Portugese and Swiss, but he's learned to decipher old German and Suetterlin and Polish and some Czech right along with me.
--He's funny and irreverent, and he's VERY VERY patient...
--He hates to fly, so he won't be at the reunion. (Besides, if he came, no one would talk to
--Larry has an incredible ability to think around a search query...if I mention Guinea fowl, before I know it, he has a list of anyone in Buckman who owned a flock in 1902!
--We talk on Instant Messenger almost daily.
--He knows a LOT about Heschs, Otrembas, Sands, Rauschs, Dehlers, Gottwalts, Jansons, Nabers, Muellers, Brandls, Suesses....OMG! And he knows who connects with Buckman.
--WE owe him, big time!

So, now you have a face to remember when I say,

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