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 23, 2009


I just received pictures of MATHIAS HESCH from his great grandson, Roger!

A little suspense is called for here, so I'll begin by comparing the brothers, Mathias and Paul...

This photo of Mathias (left) was taken about 1926, so he would have been 77, an age Paul never attained. Paul would have been about 50 here.

I transcribed what Roger wrote above and below the photo. I'm assuming this was their farm house near Waumandee, Wisconsin. Agnes (standing next to her dad, left) didn't move with them to Pierz, but Rose did, and she's not pictured. Rose died in Pierz in 1917 and may already have been an invalid by this time....or, maybe she took the picture.

And HERE is the much-awaited family portrait:

Roger included who each one married, just so we're clear. And, he sent along a note saying he wouldn't be able to be at the reunion because they have to be at a Hesch wedding in Arcadia that day: Valentine's great grandson, Joel. Continuing the line is a good thing, right? But I REALLY wanted to meet Roger and his wife, Mary.
Oh, and even if Roger is computer-phobic, I have to say


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