It was a big deal in Bohemia to learn to read and write. Schools were an important part of the culture, and pretty much everyone could read. The Neuhaus General Indicator (Neuhauser allgemeiner Anzeiger) was one of three Neuhaus German language newspapers Larry found online on a site called Kramerius. Since we really don't expect to find news items about our ancestors, I've opted to show you the front page of the paper that was published 2 days before Paul Hesch was born ☺.
If you're interested, you can transcribe the words below to Google Translate and see what else was news that day!
Just think: This paper was published 165 years ago and 4,570 miles from here. INCREDIBLE that we can read it just like they did.