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.
Here's a picture of some of the dads, sons, uncles, brothers and husbands who've influenced us in the past 140 years: not all are technically fathers, one or two aren't related, only three were perfect, and I'm certainly missing quite a few, but they've all taught us stuff--like German words, how to drive a nail or a car, how to go fishing, what makes a beer (or a joke) good. They've laughed with us and at us, they held us close, they wiped our noses and changed our diapers, and they were/are VERY proud of us (or should be...lol).