Anton August Hesch was my paternal grandfather. He was born and raised on his parents' farm, a mile west of Buckman.
My maternal grandfather Anton Janson, was raised on his parents' farm which was kitty-corner from the Hesch farm. BOTH were a mile west of Buckman...lol
In 1947, Grandpa Janson self-published a book called "Pioneer Life As I Saw It". The first half of the book talks about his life, some early settlers of Buckman, a few of his neighbors, and how difficult it was the keep the farm solvent over the years. One item concerned 'the first child born in Buckman', so I almost missed this:
See? In the second paragraph, he says J.C.JOHNSON was the first owner, and that (deputy) county sheriff J.P.SAND bought it from him. Then, Paul & Mary HESCH developed the place, and that (Paul's son) Math E HESCH owned it now, in 1947.
There was another odd ownership glitch, tho. When Paul died unexpectedly in 1900, Mary was sole inheritor of their considerable land holdings around Buckman. She saw to it that each kid got a start in life--a dowry for Theresa at St Benedict's, a farm for Anton and Joseph when they married, a trip to Europe for Math and Theo since Theo wanted nothing to do with farming, and probably money for John to travel seeking relief for his rheumatism....anyway, they all got a start in life.
Mary died in 1917 at age 61, with provisions made for those kids who were not yet settled (married).
(Hmm. Comparing dates on the family tree, it seems that THREE Hesch boys--Frank, Math and Theo--were married in 1920--was there a stipulation about the amount of time after Mary's death / inheriting? We don't know--damn!)
So, in 1920, Frank married a woman named Elizabeth Kelly, and they lived in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Frank died in 1922, and since the farm was in his name, his widow inherited it.
Anyway, she eventually married a man named John Kroxner, whom I suspect wanted to farm in Minnesota even LESS than Frank had.
Math and Holka Hesch rented the farm, and later bought it back from John & Elizabeth Kroxner. I suppose that's why it's never been nominated as a Century Farm, huh?