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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Monday, May 10, 2010

Remember County Extension?

Huh! When you think about it, calling someone an Extension Agent sounds weird--what did/do they extend?

The county agricultural extension agent was an advisor employed by the government to assist people in rural areas with methods of farming and home economics.

I know, I're wondering if there was ever a magazine devoted to advising these advisors, and if there was, could you find it on Google?

Why, YES to both!  Larry found a bound volumn of
It was in a library, and no one had EVER checked it  Still, just browsing thru the pages gives a snapshot of farm life in 1921 and 22  from the extension agent's point of view--in other words, the answer to the question "HOW shall we assist people in rural areas with methods of farming and home economics?"
Here are a few ads and articles that caught my to enlarge:

About that time, movies were being produced to help tongue-tied agents get the word out, too.  So, now there were ads for MOVIES, and PROJECTORS...
What an obscure bit of history--but how interesting that such a magazine exsisted, with it's advice on how to introduce new products and methods to our folks.  Propaganda at it's finest?

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