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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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

More about Waumandee and Buffalo County, Wisconsin

Ok, here are maps of the Hesch part of Wisconsin:  Buffalo Co is right across the Mississippi from Winona, Mn.

This map ► is the whole county, in 1914.  Waumandee is in the lower half, in yellow.
Now, this part of Wisconsin is nothing like the Hesch part of Minnesota.  The farm land is in large valleys, between bluffs and ridges...the roads are winding, sometimes in the valley bottom, sometimes halfway up the side of a huge hill.  And sometimes, the roads are narrow, with "limited sight distance" ahead.  It's beautiful, and feels almost uninhabited, or similar to what Kentucky hollows must be like (just my impression, ok?  But let me recommend street view in Google Earth, on the drive from Cochrane (near the river) to Waumandee to see what I mean). ☺

These maps ought to enlarge a LOT when you click on them.  This is still 1914, but just Waumandee township.  Valentine's land is way in the top corner, and there's land next to Val in the name of "M Hesch"...I assume it was land his dad Mathias still owned, and which became trust land?


                                                          1920 ►

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