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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Friday, November 11, 2011

The Pierz Journal recorded our history, week by week

   ....and now, it needs our help...

    When mom and dad moved to St Cloud in about 1953, they subscribed to the Pierz Journal.  It was really the best way to find out what was happening "up home". 
     Starting in 1909, before they were born, the Journal started publishing the Buckman News column, and graciously used news and ads from the Pierz area as filler.  Nice of them, huh?  
   Every single page is a font of information about life back then, but right now, we have access to only a few precious issues that were microfilmed years ago...and you need to go to the history museum in St Paul to read them.  The Morrison County History Society in Little Falls has the most complete set, but they're too fragile to handle.  Mary tells it best.

   Now, more than 100 years later, the bound volumes of the Journal have been almost loved to pieces--they are, after all, printed on paper that was never intended to last.  But we have a chance to be able to read them again, online:

"MCHS is working with the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) to have the first 15 volumes of the Pierz Journals digitized and made available to the public online. MDL will digitize the first volume at no cost to MCHS, but due to the fragility of the volumes, the cost to digitize the other 14 will be $30,000.

Please help MCHS save the Pierz Journals. Your donation will be appreciated now and well into the future".
See the new button on the top of the left sidebar there?  If you click it, you'll find a short synopsis about the Journals and an easy way to donate whatever amount you can give.  Please do.  You'll eventually be able to read Math Hesch's tease about my sister who was supposed to be James Michael.
How can you RESIST? ☺

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