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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Monday, August 8, 2011

Dad and the Future

Whenever I see this photo, (the original snapshot is about 2" X 3") I  think, yup, that's Curly. There's nothing written on the back, of course, so I'm not positive.
  The fields behind him look like the Janson fields west of the farm yard, and that means this was 1947 or 48.  
He was home from the war, where he'd been a mechanic.  He was newly married and realized Dimey and Queenie, his team of horses, was being replaced by tractors, starting with this one.  At least temporarily, he had good soil to work with before they moved to the sandy Mayhew Lake farm.  He looks like he has the world by the tail, don't you think?


  1. Hey, I remember riding on Dimey or Queenie when I was 3 on the Mayhew Lake farm. Also I remember feeding the chickens and geese. So this might have been someone else's tractor, cuz I don't think he ever had one at Mayhew Lake. Love, Coogie

  2. Hey, Coog! Here's the timeline we doped out re: who lived where, when:
    So maybe the tractor was part of the Janson farm equipment. I wouldn't be surprised if Curly fixed an old tractor, AND I can see him trying to farm with horses in Mayhew Lake, and mom despairing.

    YOU got to ride Dimey or Queenie?? Wow.
    NO FAIR.