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, April 8, 2010

1920 Buckman township Plat Map

Here, for your viewing pleasure, is the map of who owned what in 1920 around Buckman, Minnesota.
Click the map and it should open large enough to read.  I've circled HESCH land in red  &  SAND in blue.

Some interesting things:

♦ I've wondered where the "Wheeling Schoolhouse" was--and there it is, south of Mike Sand.  It was the Wieling school, kitty-cornered from Henry Wieling's land, but actually on Sand property in 1920.  It was District #17, the school Olivia (Dehler) Kelzenberg taught for years.

♦ Speaking of schools, District #41 WAS just west of Buckman. (Anon says it was about a block west of the old Zenners store, was in use from about 1910 to the mid 1930s,  and that it was moved to a site south of Mayhew Lake.  It's a private home now that beautifully retains the original schoolhouse look.  THANKS, Anon!)  This was the map I saw it on ☺, as well as the plat of Buckman itself (below). Yes, there were a lot of one room schools in the township, but that was true of every township in the state by then.

♦ Otrembas owned land along the top edge of the township as well as in Agram and Pierz townships to the north. 

♦ It's really neat to discover familiar names like Schmolke, Mischke, Mueller, Hortsch, Sitzman, Suess, Zenner...and to notice that the Janson farm was owned by Joe Brandl in 1920. 

♦ The village map is particularly interesting in light of the list (on the post below) of businesses in town five years later:
"...a bank, two groceries, two general stores, a garage, two hardware stores, a blacksmith shop, two farm implement houses, a harness shop, a confectionary and a creamery.  It has a public school, a parochial school and a Catholic Church..."

♦ Have you noticed the main street names, btw?  St John Street was/is Highway 25, and the cross street is St Peter Street.  They're used on the censuses, too,  along the left side of the page.
♦ Makes ya wonder which Peter and which John got to name them?

1 comment:

  1. Does anybody have any pics or history on the old hesch farm one mile west of buckman?? I live there now and wanted to find out more history on our place.