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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Saturday, November 21, 2009


While driving between clients yesterday, I caught some of a speech on MPR--something about the future of newspapers.  It made me ponder how much we researchers depend on newspapers from the past, and on how much they've already changed...
 Sure, we know they've always been a vehicle for paid ads, and that the "news"  is sometimes incidental....but for family researchers, these newspaper tidbits gave us timelines (like when a store was sold) and lists of family members (in obituaries), and maybe why a family moved.

Just think what we would have missed if Great Uncle Math Hesch's "Buckman" columns for the Pierz Journal hadn't been published.  There are quick facts here that we'd never find any other way....

Yes, Math was paid by the inch.

Most newspapers today seem like relics....and sorta pointless, when 'news' can be found online, on the radio and on your phone...maybe it's because the news that I'd actually buy a newspaper for--LOCAL regular people news--isn't ever in a paper anymore.

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