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, January 6, 2011

Mapping Bohemia

Man, there have been some wonderful maps made over the years, particularly helpful maps of "our" part of Europe. They're beautiful, and give us a good idea of the topography where our folks lived.  I've never understood how mapmakers could create something fairly accurate 300 or 400 years ago tho.  WELL!  The World's Best Researcher found a pdf file called Mapping Czech Lands, and it's very interesting.

"The Műller’s map of Bohemia includes the division of settlements into 10 basic categories (royal and other towns, towns with ramparts, townships, castles, mansions and knight palaces, small towns with a castle and a church, villages with a castle, villages with and without a church, individual farmyards, passable villages and scattered settlements). Further there are monasteries and lonely standing churches and farm buildings. Depicted are rivers and ponds...The thematic content of the map is very rich and it shows mining areas of various raw materials, glass factories, ferries, postal stations, medicinal and  thermal springs, tilt-hammers, water mills, roads and vineyards". Look for the tiny trees that depicted forests and reeds that show, huh?

  And here's the answer to my question of HOW:

 "For mapping he used geodetic points, their position was measured astronomically. For drawing of topography he used the compass and the distances he measured by the number of turns of wheels of measuring cars pulled by horses".

Really--click the link up there.  It's a veritable Hesch history lesson. ☺

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