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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Friday, October 16, 2009

"Buffalo Frank" Otremba 1844-1925

This article appeared in the 25th January 1908 Little Falls Daily Transcript newspaper:
Frank Otremba was born in Groditz, Tillowitz, Schleisen, Prussia on the 11th of October, 1844.
He was the son of Johann Georg Otremba who died when Frank was 3.
How does he connect to our Mary Otremba, the wife of Paul
Hesch? Well, Frank's brother Anton was Mary's father, so they (Mary
Hesch and Buffalo Frank) were first cousins.

I love the fact that he tried to cross buffalo with cattle. Here's a SHORY HISTORYof others who tried it, too. Evidently he didn't know this part:

It was found early on that crossing a male buffalo with a domestic cow
would produce few offspring but that crossing a domestic bull with a buffalo cow
apparently solved the problem. The female offspring proved fertile but rarely so
for the males. Although the cattalo performed well, the mating problems meant
that the breeder had to maintain a herd of wild and difficult-to-handle buffalo

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