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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Monday, June 1, 2009

Built to Last--the John Schmolke house

Once again, a bit of sluething involving Sue, Larry, Aunt Jeanette, and me.

On Saturday, we were curious about WHERE in Buckman Ket lived. (Ket was John Hesch's widow, and John was my grandpa's brother. She subsequently married Andrew Suess and lived in Buckman).

Since Aunt Jeanette had boarded with Ket when she was in high school in Buckman, we asked her. AJ was pretty sure it was the house that used to be behind Sev's Bar. I remembered, from when we owned the store across the road, that there used to be a large house there, yes! AJ said it burned down, which is why Sev's looks bigger these


We assumed THIS was Ket's house cuz there are 2-3 pictures with it in the background...but it turns out that she was standing in her backyard with the neighbors' house behind her.
So, we asked AJ about it. It's the John Schmolke house.

THEN, Larry found THIS online--WOW, it's the SAME house...built when Buckman had a narrow dirt road going thru, and--in 1908--even the church wasn't there yet.

It's on the Minnesota Historical Society's Website HERE . TG John Schmolke was such a relentless self-promoter, huh?

(Additional info on John:

"The town of Vawter was founded in 1908 in northern Bellevue Township. The Minneapolis and Saulte Ste. Marie Railroad (Soo Line) had the town platted as it put in lines from Duluth to western Minnesota. The Soo Line apparently ran through John Schmolke’s property and he supposedly gave the town its name by commenting that there was “vater” everywhere. The truth of this legend is unknown, but the town grew to include a grain elevator, several stores, the Vawter Community Church, and a school. A postal drop was established in the community in 1922. Farmers near the town used Vawter to ship their goods via the railroad to markets in Duluth. By the 1940s, this shipping service and the post office were discontinued and the town disappeared"......From the MCHS website)

The internet and LARRY are AMAZING!

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