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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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Rural Free Delivery in Buckman

In the book "Aitkinsville to Zerf", the author Maurice Faust says "The first mail drop for Buckman was established in 1877 with Edward S. Arnold as postmaster. This drop was listed as being in Buckman Township".
The postmaster wasn't necessarily in town--the first postal drop sites were mostly at a willing settlers' farm.  The 1892 plat map of Buckman township shows a J. Arnold farm 2 miles  south of Buckman, but we don't know for sure if that was the Ed Arnold place.

Mr. Faust goes on to say the next 30 years the postmasters were John P. Sand, John Schmolke, John Sitzman, Frank Kuder, Jr, Joseph Schmolke and Anna Mischke. "In 1910, the mail drop site was closed and the mail was ordered to be sent to Royalton.  At this time, RFD was begun in the area, however, only on fair roads in fair weather".
In 1921, Peter Blake became the first postmaster IN Buckman.

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