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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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Gotvald's Store

Twelve miles east of Buckman is a grocery and farm implement store--"Gotvald's Store"--that's been there for years and years. Researching online, I can't find the year they began, but in the 1920 census, there's this:

If you look at a map, the store is at the intersection of Lakin, Morrill, Mt. Morris and Hillman In records, the name's spelled a dozen ways (Gottwald, Gotvald, Gottwaldt, Gotwald, Gotwalt....and here, GOTVILD) but usually pronounced Gut-walt.
Anyway, what I remember hearing about the store (I've never been there), was that it was a fun, and a little wild, place. I heard about celebrations, especially the 4th of July, and I thought there were dances, too....but there's a disconnect when you realize it's an Implement store...?
So, I looked for 'Gotvald's Store' online, and found an obit with this quote: LOL...sounds like a fun person, too!
What I'm trying to do with all this sleuthing is to see if there's a connection between the Louie and Rose (Hesch) Gottwalts, and this Gotvald family. What a challenge.
Do YOU know anything about it?

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