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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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

YAY! Some new OLD info

Today, I had coffee with a couple who found info about Center Valley here on HH.  Gene and Jeanne Marshik have a double connection, since Gene's father was the buttermaker in CV, and Jeanne was a Mueller (her dad was John P.'s son Roman).
Between them, we have a few more people identified in old photos and Gene mentioned a few more facts about Center Valley--YAY!!
Gene remembers the creamery and other buildings there...he said the store that John Hesch & Ket (Mueller) Hesch ran for a while was eventually moved "up by the highway", or the road going east out of Pierz (now 153rd St /County Rd 39), which was widened and  tarred by then. He said it's still standing, minus the false front.
 Gene said the inside of the Center Valley store had the counter running along the left wall, and a staircase going to the second floor along the back wall.  Was the upstairs living quarters, or storage?

I asked what other buildings he remembered there, and he said there was an ice house behind the Creamery, and a storage shed as well as a garage.  He said the Soo line had a spur in Center Valley, but never a depot.

Jeanne knew "kids" in Buckman, and was able to identify these kids cuz SHE's one of them:

Joanne Suess, Pat Schmolke, Carol Schmolke, Doris Brandl, James Suess, Tom Schmolke.  The small kids in the front are Jeanne Mueller and Francis Schmolke.
Hooray! Thanks, Jeanne!!
And, Jeanne said the middle woman in this pic is Agnes Braun.

A day like today is so much FUN.  
THANK YOU, Gene and Jeanne!!

Oh, BTW, I've changed some info on a post from July 29th, 2009 cuz of new info from the Marshiks.

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