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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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Oakland Cemetery, Little Falls, Mn

I know I've mentioned FIND-A-GRAVE before here, but maybe didn't say how it works. 
If you're wondering where great aunt Alice is buried or when she died, it's a good place to try.  Not every grave in every cemetery is listed of course, but searching by last name/state gives you parameters.

A wonderful service on Find-a-Grave is providing volunteers who'll go to a nearby cemetery and find/photograph graves that others request.  That's how I ended up at Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls last Sunday. 

No, I didn't find any lost Heschs, but some of those gravestones had familiar names...for instance, three Valentine graves.  They had to be the family of Anna Valentine who married John and Ket's son Paul...and, there were names I recognized from the Bohemian church books....and one or two of the Lindburghs are buried there.  Still, the coolest part was wandering such a peaceful hillside on a cool fall afternoon, and taking pictures that someone needs.

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