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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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What was the C, St P, M & O RR?

On the early plat maps of Morrison County, Minnesota, among out ancestors' 160s and 280s, there was a LOT of land owned by  "C, ST P, M & O Ry".  Sure, I knew it was a railroad, and that they were granted land in case they decided to build the actual track here...or here....or here?  And what they didn't use for a track, they could sell off.
Still, I'm used to BN or GN or Soo line, so tonight, I finally looked it up:
The Chicago, St Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Ry.

(This poster came from after the C, St P, M & O line merged with C & NW, which made it a system, I guess).

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