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 3, 2010


Hmm! I remember asking dad for directions to Stang's Christmas tree farm near Sartell one year.  Part of the instruction were "once you get on the tarvey go about 5 miles and watch for a dirt road toward the river..."  I assumed "tar-vey" was a Germanized word, as in "tar way"....but this ad from the Farm Journal magazine in 1918 made me wonder.  Wow, there was an actual product called TARVIA.

Another childhood assumption shot to hell.

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