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, November 14, 2010

Rural road building in 1883

There's a really wonderful old book (set of books?) published in 1883 which pretty much walked you through how to do EVERYTHING on the farm, and why.  Most immigrant farmers would have benefited from these books if they could have slogged thru the verbiage, and also realized that the 'farm' he speaks of was NOT in Central

For instance, dad mentioned maintaining roads in the Buckman area with the team.  Reading "Rural Roads and Bridges" starting on page 838, I'd be really surprised if that much care was taken to "do it right the first time".  In fact, I imagine that roads were mostly wagon tracks that eventually got dragged smooth by the nearest farmer who couldn't stand the low spots any longer...  
....that never existed in rural Minnesota!

There were mentions of corduroy roads and contracts to haul rocks for road repair in the Buckman News column of the Little Falls Herald.  (I asked my 91 year old "consultant" what that was all about and he said the rocks acted like a culvert, letting water flow thru under a road).  None of that was according to The American Farm and Home Cyclopedia. ☺
Once you've clicked the link to the book, scroll back and forth.  There's info on all kinds of things you've wondered about, and a lot you didn't think to wonder about!

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