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, October 25, 2009

Fascinating OLD news

I've been perusing the old newspapers online at CHRONICLING AMERICA from the Library of Congress, in particular, the St Paul (Daily) Globe, published  from 1884 to 1905 (it was a daily for only part of that time).  There was also a Minneapolis paper at the time, and certainly Der Nordstern would have been subscribed to by the Hesch family, but the Globe was American, and provided a view of the broader non-German world.  I suspect some issues trickled to Buckman. 
What's so mesmerizing to me tho, is the background--what was humorous to them, what was newsworthy (even as a filler), and what other facts we can glean from those articles.  For instance:

1905-- For years, loggers went to the northwoods, cut logs, and sent them floating downstream to the saw mills.  This photo shows the advent of logs-by-rail, and also, the use of photographs in newspapers rather than drawings.

1890, May--We've debated HOW Paul Hesch arrived in Minnesota since we can't find him on ships lists from American ports.  (They're probably not all online, right, and the chances of his ship being omitted are...?)  Still, here's one possibility, through Canada.

1898--By now, the Globe did a 'humor' page--most of which doesn't seem clever or funny now, but it must have appealed  It seems to be the precursor to our funnies.

1898--I hope their artists were paid well, but I doubt it.  The header on a December 4 page, one of 32 that day.

1886, April--The cyclone devastation in Sauk Rapids.  It's a pretty close copy of a photograph we found elsewhere, except there was a rotund man and a boy in the foreground there.

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