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, February 18, 2010


Yesterday's mail included a notice of a package at the post office for me, so I stopped there this morning: it was from Heinz Binder (pronounced BIN der) and contained TWO videos that he recorded on trips thru "our" area of Bohemia/Czech Republic and another trip to Tyrol, Austria to visit Binder relatives.
(BTW, Heinz is into ham radio, too...see?  I think OE3 BHB is his "handle").
You'll recall (unless this is your first time at HH) that Larry and I are pretty interested in the village of Schamers, and also in Neuhaus, the local "big city" back in southern Bohemia.  The first DVD began in Schamers and ended in Neuhaus--with LOTS of wonderful views.  We've only seen still pics of these places, but a video is on a more realistic scale, and Heinz filmed inside the buildings--churchs, restaurants, and a private home--that are significant to the families' history. 
The second video was over two hours long, and absolutely amazing.  In October of 1998, Heinz and Melitta toured the mountainous Tyrol area of Austria, where, besides family, they saw a pasture full of Lipizzaner horses, visited stunning mountain scenery just outside Binder homes (Heinz was out of breath a few times from thin, took close-ups of local churches and cemeteries, and ended with curious whirlly-gig windmills that click-clacked as they turned--COOL! (Ah-ha! Heinz e-mailed to say the sound of the windmills is intended to scare birds away from fruit trees and grapes.  I wonder if it works?)
I tried to capture stills from the videos, but they didn't translate to jpegs.  I'll try a different way, tho, cuz I'd love to share them with you.

  Heinz  was mostly the cameraman, and his wife Melitta was

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