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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Friday, March 26, 2010

Center Valley in 1940

Remember the little place that Sue and I went to find last summer?  It was a potential village seven miles east of Pierz called Center Valley.  Her great grandparents, John and Ket (Mueller) Hesch, operated a store there around 1920.  We found only the foundations of a creamery and store, plus a few other odd a pasture.  With an electric fence. 

WELL.  If you read the last post, you saw that Larry the wonder-researcher found a Minnesota DNR site with pictures taken from the air as early as 1940.  Yes, Center Valley was pictured, altho someone drew on the photo with a grease pencil, and circled the buildings in Center Valley.  But still.

Larry took the current aerial photo and faded it to the 1940 map--WAY COOL, huh??

(No, we didn't draw on the aerial map...someone did that in 1940).

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