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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Friday, June 4, 2010

Agram compared over 28 years

On the left, the plat map from Agram township in 1892, and on the right, Agram in 1920.  It never ocurred to me before that the RR tracks crossed **John Hesch's land--doesn't it make you wonder how that was worked out?  Did those landowners have a provision in their deeds re: if and when the railroad decided to lay tracks?  It couldn't have been part of 'eminent domain' because we know the railroad owned the land in the first place.

When I drove around the area last summer, the tracks were already an ATV trail, and anyway, I couldn't tell which land was originally his from that perspective. 

**This John Hesch (1890-1977), farmer, was born in Waumandee, Wisconsin, son of Paul's brother Mathias.  He moved to Pierz with his parents in 1911, and took over the farm that was originally owned by his grandfather John (Johann) Hesch, the the name on the plat map in 1892 meant Johann Hesch, and the name in 1920 referred to ◄this man...

The third John Hesch (1878-1926) ►was Pauls own son.  He owned a store in Center Valley and in Buckman, and he had five kids with his wife, Ket Mueller. 

(This is most likely why there are few Hesch's named JOHN

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