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 13, 2010

Oberschlagles today

Heinz just sent a link to this page on Google Earth.  His version is in German, of course, but you can move around the landscape by clicking and dragging.  BTW, see the "compound" sort of building, lower left?  When Johann & Marya lived there, most of the homes would have looked like that--a farmyard with house, barn and sheds enclosed by a wall.  Oh, and the new house next door was there in 2002, on the first map Google has for the area.  This► was taken in 2008, and the pic below this month, so they're not moving fast on taking the house down!
Ok, see the bridge at the top of the pic?  If you were standing on that bridge, looking toward house #2, you'd see this: 
You're completely oriented now, right? ☺
DANKE, Heinz!!

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