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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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Heschs in the big city

This is a page from the St Paul City Directory in 1909--a year before A A Hesch married Elizabeth Sand.

His father Paul had died in 1900, (and Paul's father Johann had died 3 years before that), so Paul's brother Anton was still on the farm west of Pierz, and Mathias was still in Waumandee, Wisconsin.

This page tho, shows Agnes Hesch, Anna Hesch, Anton Hesch and Mary Hesch working in St Paul. It's entirely possible that A A worked away from home for awhile before he married.

Of course, the cities drew farm kids from Wisconsin as well as Mary, Anna and Agnes were most likely Mathias' daughters. Anna and Mary were operators at the same company (Finch Van), Agnes was a seamstress and all three lived at 131 N Smith Ave.

I wonder if they knew each other? And, was A A any kind of company back then??

(34 days!)

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