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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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Prussia, Silesia and Otrembas

 My great grandfather Paul Hesch arrived in Buckman Minnesota around 1873. He found a lovely Polish girl  named Mary Otremba   and they were married 10 November 1874.  Paul was born in Bohemia, and Mary was born in Silesia, below.  See the east section there, and the part labeled Niesse?  Just NE of Niesse is Falkenberg, where Mary was born in the village of Guschwitz.  (Niesse, BTW, is where Frank Hortsch owned a gasthaus in...Larzensdorf. Thanks to Larry for remembering that.).

You can see where the above map fits on the one below--just under the word 'Prussia' on the larger yellow section.  The country we know as Germany didn't exist till much later.  All these little kingdoms and empires wanted more of their neighbors, and were willing to fight for them.  In the meantime, our folks LEFT. 
(Note: If you came here to research Otrembas, see the left side of the page--and click the name).
Lower map  source.

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  1. Note: I've turned off comments for this post because of automated spam being left here.
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