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, November 22, 2009

The "Buckman" column in the Pierz Journal

I found two issues of the Pierz Journal among mom's stuff, and I wonder why she kept these two specifically...from September 1949 and August 1951?
August 16, 1951 has the obit of Robert Dion on the front page (Adeline Hesch's young husband), and this sweet tribute at the end of Math's column inside:

I'm glad she saved them, but I don't think she saved 'em for that.  When these two issues were published, mom & dad were living on the farm in Mayhew Lake, and $2.00 for a years' subscription would have been extravagant.  Most likely, Grandpa Janson brought them along when he visited, especially if something in 'em made a point, and then mom just never got around to throwing them away.

The issue with the 'Buckman News' I posted yesterday made me think "Grandpa Janson" because this article was below the fold on the front page of the September 15, 1949 paper:

One of grandpa's themes was polio shots for his grandkids.  There was a huge controversy at the time about the safety of the vaccine, that having the shot might give your child the disease...  My parents thought they should "wait and see", but grandpa believed in vaccination.  He wasn't beyond scare tactics if it made his point!

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