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 1, 2010

St Michael's School, Buckman

Just heard from Anon letting us know that the parish in Buckman intends to tear down the old school building  this week.  It was built in 1910 and pretty much abandoned in 1992, according to Anon (I would have guessed much earlier).  The building was boarded up, but vandals and time have made it a liability, I suppose.

 Even if school wasn't a favorite part of a lot of childhoods, the place would echo with a few thousand German kids voices and a few long-suffering Benedictines, not to mention the proud community who managed to build the place.  In a German community, the buildings were an indication of what was important to the settlers:  the church was done in 1903, and the school came next.

It reminds me of a building in Waite Park that was recently torn down--an ugly old quonset on the corner where I turned to go to a clients house.  I hadn't "seen" it in years, and the only problem now is retraining my memory for that turn.  It'll probably become parking, just like the old school space in Buckman.
If anyone has old photos of it, send them along, ok?  We can build ourselves a memorial / shrine to it here on Hesch History.

Thanks, Anon!

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