I've been reading a book about Waumandee, Wisconsin by LaVerne Rippley, an expat from there. It's "an affectionate portrait" of the beginnings of Waumandee to the present. And, he seems to corroborate most of our assumptions about the immigrants from Bohemia--that they followed each other to the same places in the new world, that they spoke a German dialect peppered with Czech, that they mostly left because of economic hardships and to avoid military service for a ruler they didn't believe in.
Mathias and Agnes show up in the transcripts he did of St Boniface Parish church books...it's so COOL to find children being baptized EXACTLY when we thought they were...lol
Larry and are almost experts now on what other families the Heschs knew back then...who their neighbors were, who they married, where they shopped, even where the farm was.....
(31 days till the reunion!)