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, March 12, 2011

News from 1896

From the Waterloo, Iowa Daily Courier, October 9, 1896:

        Killed by a Boiler Explosion

Little Falls, Minn, Oct 9--The boiler at Joseph Oestreicher's feed mill in the town of Buckman exploded, instantly killing one man and injuring two others--one probably fatally.  Engineer William Besch was killed.  Oestreicher had both legs broken and received other injuries, and Theodore Carl was seriously hurt.  The accident was due to the inexperience of the engineer.

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