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, April 14, 2011

Back to Buckman in 1940

Damn, I love this photo!  It's about 9 square miles of the countryside around Buckman, Minnesota just before WWII, from the DNR.

I've often wondered where certain people lived--like Anton Otremba, for instance.  I know he homesteaded north of town, but which was his farm, and which was Buffalo Frank's?  Or John?

Anyway, I've numbered the farms starting with 1 in the upper left, working back and forth to 41.  I know 4-5 of them for sure:
27-Math HESCH
36-Anton Janson
37-Gust Dehler (Jr)

And I believe #17 was the original CB Buckman farm, tho I don't know who lived there in 1940.

BTW, when you click the pic, it should enlarge to a nice big map.  If you know who lived where, please leave it in a comment, ok?

☺ Thanks!


  1. Anton Janson lived where you put him. Good job. K

  2. And so did Math. They were like that - lived where they were put. But Herolds lived on 25, not 24. They could get like that.

    Love youse - PT

  3. Man, you two are SO HELPFUL. Thanks ever so much for yer invaluable input!