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 15, 2009

St Michael's School, Buckman, Minnesota

This was the first St Michaels school, built in 1887, and this was the first class. It was located where the church is now. Click the picture to enlarge it, and the one below, too, of just the people.

I've numbered this photo, because I'm pretty sure my other Grandpa (Anton Janson) is #19. He's the right age and his grandsons looked like #19 at the same
(If your ancestor/relative was born between about 1874 (oldest kids) and about 1881 (youngest), and lived in Buckman, look closer...s/he might be HERE!)
Sue thinks #8 is Ket (Catherine Mueller, born 1880), and I expect two of the boys were Joseph and John Sand...

This is what the school looked like until it was torn down in 2012 (?).  Now it's just a blank space behind that big house on the corner.  Kids from Buckman attend school in Pierz:

"The village of Buckman is located six miles south of the city of Pierz. In 1887, a parochial school was opened. When this building no longer met their needs, a two-room schoolhouse was built on the ground where St. Michael’s Church is located. In 1901, Fr. William Lange, decided to build a church where the school resided. The school was moved across the highway from the present church. Later, a four-room school was erected to replace the previous school, because it had become inadequate. In the 1950’s, four more classrooms and bathrooms were added to the structure".
(From the Pierz Holy Trinity website that no longer works).

Evidently, 1990 saw the end of St Michael's in Buckman.
But, THIS was 1939:
#3, Margaret (1921), daughter of John Dehler and Margaret Zenner;

#4, Irene (1924), daughter of Math Hesch and Mary Tetiva;

#6, Rosie (1925), daughter of Anton Hesch and Elizabeth Sand;

#12, Richard (1925), son of August B Dehler and Regina Hortsch.

(BTW, mom started high school in Buckman, and she said they offered Freshman and Sophomore classes in alternate years, so she was a Sophomore first, in 1932....making '39 a Freshman

Do you recognize any others here? Let me know and I'll add the names.

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