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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Monday, February 7, 2011

Logging in the pinery

I ran across this wonderful description of how a huge tree was cut down by hand. This forest was in Washington state and described in the ◄ 1894  NP railroad guide, but the method was the same no matter where the tree was.
Take the time to read thru these pages. You can almost feel the joy of being in the woods, swinging an axe.  Two men were dwarfed by the tree, but two men could cut it down.

The wood they harvested would become homes and buildings and businesses for our ancestors and their contemporaries.  Plus, the money they made doing the work helped pay for their own families' living....

Besides, logging was sort of a default industry--you needed some extra money? Go work in the woods-- like dad, grandpa, our great uncles and great-great uncles did.   It wasn't easy work, and it wasn't a cushy life, but I think it gave men a sense of conquering the wilderness and of doing their part, you know?  They were clearing land for farms and homes and towns.  They couldn't imagine EVER running out of trees, either. They were creating a good future for US.

It was a hard life, and dangerous, but at the end of the day, it must have been really, really satisfying....

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