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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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

What being a "well off Farmer" meant in 1900

109 years ago yesterday, my great grandfather, Paul Hesch, died from a broken back. Great grandma Mary became sole heir, and so, his posessions needed to be listed (click to enlarge):

(BTW, Adeline said that the horse who spooked and caused the wagon to tip was named 'Rowdy'--how's THAT for trivia?)
$3,686.40 in 1900.
According to a website called "Measuring Worth", $3686.00 in the year 1900 had the same "purchase power" as $97,494.70 in the year 2008...

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