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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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Buckman News in the Little Falls Herald, 1916

It was probably 2 years ago, on one of my first visits to the Weyerhauser Museum in Little Falls, that I really got into old   newspapers.  Of course I was looking for Buckman News, and yes, Great uncle Math was the reporter, tho he hadn't fully developed his distinctive style  
Once I got home, I started highlighting mentions of family, but now, looking at these pages, there are plenty of other interesting people mentioned too.  The really cool part of these columns is the peripheral information in them, like who was employed in St Cloud, and who owned a car, and who advertised (like Dr Fortier, upper left: it tells what school he graduated from in Canada, and his office hours, PLUS his home address--wow!)  And look--Math owned the Excelsior motorcycle already in 1916, since he took it to St Cloud, see?
The pages are worth biggifying and reading edge to edge, just cuz.

I'm sorry I wrote on the legal notices ►, but you can still read em, I think.  I was experimenting with reducing the size so I could copy more on one sheet, but it may be too small.  If it is, try right clicking  and tick "save image as..."  Then, it'll be in your Pictures folder, and you can open it with a photo editing program, like Paint.
THAT might do it ☺.

I have about 15 pages copied here, mostly from the end of 1916.  They're such a small sample of these fascinating bits of our history--and Anon says that the newspapers are off limits now at the museum so they don't deteriorate more...but will still be around to digitize someday.  Sigh!


  1. So who were the relatives all the Jansons were going to see in Rice? Do you know?

  2. Yeah, there was a Daniel Janson who settled in Rice, one of three Janson families who left Horrenburg in 1883.

    Their son was the Dan that Wendelin mentioned in the letter he wrote to mom and U Reinhard when Grandpa was dying....

    The west end of Rice is the "Janson Addition", evidently--cool, huh?