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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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Center Valley, Minnesota

Julie brought this photo because she had no idea what it was doing in her family photos.  (Julie is John & Ket (Mueller) Hesch's grandaughter.  Her father, Johnny Boy, died when Julie was 11, so she didn't get to hear much about family history).

This is the store in Center Valley, and I just happened to find this blurb in the Pierz Journal December 30, 1909:
"Theo Billmeier informs us that the petition to the Soo RR Co for a station to be located six miles east of Pierz at a place formerly called Zerf has been granted, and will be called Center Valley".

So, the store and creamery there were built because of the station, or the station was granted because Center Valley was a new-born town?
(Click the link to read more about it). 
See what I mean about COOL connections yesterday?


  1. This is soo cool I lived 1/2 mile north of Center Valley Store!!!

  2. Where the store is now, or where it was? CV could have been a cool little town ☺