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, May 27, 2010

I was noodling around my (huge) Pictures file, and this 1892 plat map of the east end of Buckman township caught my eye again, because of how densely it was settled there on the left, and not on the right. The yellow acreage is all railroad land, with much of the rest state or school land.

What's with that?

Well, the railroads were granted 24 miles of land on either side of the tracks--a really wide swath--and if you recall, there were train tracks from Royalton thru Genola and Hillman, on to Onamia, and Duluth.  (The link is a .pdf  map of the ATV trail that's there now).  See where Buckman is in relation to the tracks?  The yellow areas were simply railroad lands that hadn't sold to farmers yet.  Incredible, huh?

Another question is why whole sections (12 and 36) were SCHOOL land, but we haven't researched that

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