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.
This post is mostly for my sibs--remember how empty we thought the north end of 4th Avenue was when we moved there in 1959? Well, it really WAS--we built on the edge of a corn field, with only Bigleys and Larsons north of us.
Here's the area in 1940....not too different than it was 20 years later: the farm upper left was Shaws.
Compare that with how it looks now: click the image to biggify. 4th Avenue North is in the middle here. The Good Shepherd Community has grown into the entire block with the "H" looking buildings, upper left. WOW, huh?
Quickie Quiz Question: Where did Earl the cop live, in the 1940 photo?
BTW, you can see my reading tree in the school yard, even from the air!