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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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A chat with Uncle Tony

It's always interesting to visit with Uncle Tony (dad's youngest brother) cuz we always manage to surprise each other with something about family that the other didn't know. (I LOVE that!)

This time, I was telling him about his dads' challenge of the original Anton's will in 1912, and what our theory was about it (that perhaps young Anton, newly fatherless, might have spent time with his uncle in the 10 years between 1900 and 1910, when he married Lizzie Sand).

Uncle Tony didn't know his dad ever took someone to court, but he said his dad wasn't around in those years.   Evidently, when Paul Hesch died in 1900, his son Anton (our future grandpa) left home and didn't return till 1910.  Like a lot of young men in Minnesota in those years, AA went north.  UT said his dad was a cook in lumber camps for 10 years!

However, lumber camps only worked in the winter, when the mosquitoes and black flies were gone and snow and ice helped skid tree trunks toward the rivers.  Very possibly AA came home for the help with planting and harvesting, and to romance that cute Lizzie Sand.

Ok, that'd explain a lot, but what might have been the issue he was defending in court?  Had deceased Anton promised something to young Anton that was contradicted in the will?  We won't necessarily know even when we get a copy of the will, but it's a cool mystery, doncha think?

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