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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Saturday, August 22, 2009


Remember when we identified these four as they're labeled under the pic? Well, it sounded good at the time, but it's wrong.

(It makes sense that they'd have a photo to take along to Europe, right?)

BUT, at the reunion Louise had the same picture, only it was labeled "Math, FRANK, Sr Laura and Rose". Tonight, I took the time to do a collage and compare em:

Ok, I think it IS Frank after all....not Theo.

Note: Frank died in 1922 after being ill for 2-3 years, and an extended stay in the hospital in Oshkosh, so this photo was taken before 1918 for sure. I just WANT it to be something they took along to Europe...

Which leads me to another interesting puzzle piece:

If you've kept up with Hesch history so far, you'll recall that Math and Holka rented the Docken farm west of the homeplace for six years when they were first married. Why didn't they just move to the home farm right away, in 1920?

Here's the backstory:

Frank owned the farm, and rented it out. He and his wife lived in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Her name was Elizabeth Kelly. When Frank died in 1922, Elizabeth inherited the farm from him.
Eventually, Elizabeth married a man named John Kroxner, who evidently wasn't all that interested in farming in Buckman, Minnesota.
So that's who Math and Holka bought it back from.

Isn't that cool?

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