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, October 10, 2011

Family Pugilists? Honestly?

On page 130 in Horst Hanneken's new book about Buckman (see sidebar to order), there's an account of how the Buckman Athletic Association was formed. Evidently, our great uncles were a big part of it.  Who knew?
Math, Mary and Theo Hesch

 It was 1913, and Math and Theo were 25 and 23.  It was the year after the Titanic sank; the year before their trip to see Europe, as well as the year their nephew Mike was born ☺.  
Math was already writing the Buckman News for papers in Pierz and Little Falls.  I suspect he reported glowingly about winning, huh?  After all, they were strapping farm boys, as were their opponents from nearby towns.  
Horst's account is actually fascinating--I didn't know any of that, did you?

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