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, April 2, 2011

Just one log

Here's something I found on the web this week: it's not a real log, but it's a reasonable model of what one log becomes when it's cut up.  Makes me think about all the boards stacked up at Simonsons in St Cloud; or how much lumber went into my house, times all the houses here in town, times all the houses in Minnesota, times....whew!
The pioneers built homes of whole logs, stacked up, remember.  It's stunning to imagine how MANY trees were here when the ancestors arrived.  And, when you think of the riverside photo of logs waiting for the spring thaw (from last week), you realize just how many thousands of riverbanks of logs it took.
(BTW, this 'log' is polystyrene and resin, by artist Vincent Kohler).

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