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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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How come they chose *Saskatchewan?

I found this photo on a website called  Shorpy, "The 100-year-old photo blog"    (A vintage photography blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s). 
If you click to enlarge, you'll be able to read all the info, probably the most compelling part of which was "FREE! 160 acres of Western Canada Farm lands".  No, we don't know that Joe Sand saw this particular vehicle, but I assume Canada has been advertising in Minnesota 
for more than the last 50 years.
I'm curious how this thing was used--at fairs maybe, or in parades, or did they just drive it around?
*Sorry, the post title refers to Grandma's brother 
Joe Sand and his wife Antonia Poser, 
who left for Canada soon after they were married in 1908.  

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