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, July 7, 2010

Family conundrums

A recap:  Mathias Hesch and Agnes Trachofsky (above) emigrated from Bohemia to Waumandee, Wisconsin.  They married, had 10 kids, and later, moved to Pierz, Minnesota about 1910.

Mathias' brother Paul had died 10 years before (1900).  Paul and his wife Mary Otremba had had 13 kids, one of whom was named Mathias Hesch....of course.  The photo below is Great uncle Math, his wife Mary (Holka) and their seven daughters, in about 1955.
Both men referred to themselves as "M.E. Hesch" real problem there, right?  They lived 5 miles apart, after all....

Except that uncle Math Hesch wrote the "Buckman news"  for the Pierz Journal and Little Falls Transcript newspapers beginning in about 1907, he said.
So, when he needed to add inches to his column by listing 'who was there' at some event, you can't really tell if he meant himself...or his uncle M.E. Hesch.  If they were both there, he'd use both names: Math Hesch AND M.E .Hesch. ..and sometimes you know he wanted it to SOUND like  lots of people attended, when it was really just Sunday dinner at his own

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