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.
"The Buckman Parish Hall is currently being demolished, with the insides gutted and the outside going shortly. Dirty shame to destroy such a wonderful landmark....If Europe did that, there would be no reason to travel overseas. Historic preservation does come at a cost but we lose so much by disregarding what we had. Anyway, if you want a last look at the Hall, you need to visit soon".
Sigh. So many memories were made in the Hall--Christmas programs, wedding and funeral dinners, parish ladies bustling in the kitchen, trays of sandwiches, bars and bowls of salad, pitchers full of nectar, the smell of perking coffee, popping corn, cigs---the laughter and noise, and heat that built up--and always, always, family.