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 29, 2009

A MISTAKE grows legs

In 1937, during the "Great" Depression, out-of-work writers were sent to do interviews with local old-timers, and so it was that John Schmolke visited my grandpa, Anton Hesch. 

At the time, grandpa's dad, Paul Hesch, had been dead for 37 years, and his mom, Mary Otremba,  for 20 years.  Anton was only 17 when his father died unexpectedly in 1900, so family stories were maybe a little vague in Anton's mind...

Anyway, in the first line of the interview, Anton gave his father's birthplace as a town that never existed, but if you search online for where Paul was born, you'll see it mentioned over and over.  To be fair, SHTETLSEEKER has only been comprehensive for a few years, so looking in Austria for the village would have been exhausting/impossible.  Still, it's a large Polish town he claimed was in Austria.
I'm not mentioning it here because this blog is google-able, too.

Mary Otremba was from a village near the town, in present-day Poland, and Paul was born in Bohemia, very near the Austrian border.  Had he stayed in Bohemia, he would have been conscripted by Austria's army, so that's what he claimed on various censuses here in the U.S.A.
If you have a family tree, please go change it right  Paul Hesch was born on the 20th of January, 1846 in Oberschlagles (Nieder Muhl), southern Bohemia.  ok?
I feel SO much better now...

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