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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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The History of Stearns County, Vol I and II

Yesterday, I linked to Volume I of "The History of Stearns County, Minnesota" by William Bell Mitchell (1915), and here's the link to Volume II.

It's particularly fun to use the search box (upper right), but be aware that Mitchell evidently  didn't have many "subscribers" west of Waite Park (those who paid to be included).  Still, he couldn't just omit pioneer names or towns.  Here's one to try: type Beaupre into the search box...give it a bit to find all the mentions, and you'll see this at the bottom of the page:

Each orange tag represents a page where the name appears.  The little pointer symbol is on the page telling about Phillip Beaupre's ferry across the Mississippi and tells of a connection to Abbot Alexius Edelbrock O.S.B.  No, the Beaupre family didn't reside in Stearns county, but he was involved, he was a "personage" and I suspect he was a buddy of the author.  
BTW, I love the name of one of his daughters:  Eulalie Beaupre.  Say it out loud--isn't that musical?

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