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, September 10, 2011

"Buckman, its Pioneer History, its Cultural Legacy"

Remember all the references to "Anon" here on HH?  Well, he's Horst Hanneken, and he's about to become a published author, so that'll be the end of his online anonymity.  He's been working on a book about Buckman for the last 18 months or so (based on a lifetime there). The book contains 75-100 old photos, some in color.  It documents the homes and businesses in town since the very beginning...who built them, who bought them later, and what became of them.  He's hoping the book will be ready by September 18th (St Michael's Church Bazaar this year). 

His parents, Anna and Gus Hanneken, lived in the third house west of the Hall after they emigrated from Germany with their first child, Horst, in 1950.  That kid grew up to teach German in Pierz and to write "Buckman, its Pioneer History, its Cultural Legacy" for us to discover.  I can hardly wait!

OK, it looks like Horst is mailing them out as orders come in, so check the sidebar, ordering info's there...or you can call him by looking him up on ☺ 

Congrats, Horst--it's a WONDERFUL book!

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