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 29, 2012

Miscellaneous Atlas pics for you

Well! Central Minnesota is having its first good snowstorm of the winter, on the last day of February...sigh!  But, since driving out there today isn't advised, I switched clients around and I'm home, snug and safe, baking bread...and posting more Pictorial Atlas stuff.  Lucky for you...and me!
No, we're not fixated on Hartmans Store in Pierz, but it seems like they promoted the store with photos pretty often, and some of those pics have survived ☺. So, when we find one, it's interesting, ya know?
Especially when we have a date, like here, or can figure it out.  This photo was in the Pictorial Atlas, and what interested Larry and me are all the people lined up along-side the store, with a whole lot of implements.  What was that all about?
Ha! Mr Research found (honest!) a history of the oldest John Deere dealerships in the country, and Hartmanns was one.>>
Evidently, Phillip Hartmann opened the store in this location in Pierz in 1899-1900.  Here's his bio in the 1915 "History of Morrison & Todd counties, Minnesota", where we find that Phil was in business in the south end of Pierz first, and moved to the north end later, and then to this already existing building.  Was this moving day...or the first big implement shipment? When the photo's enlarged enough, you can see all kinds of shafts for hitching horses to.  Oh, trivia: When Phillip Hartmann bought this building, it was only 97 feet long (and 22 feet wide).  After two additions, by 1915 it was 36 X 190 feet. Wow!
I was surprised to find this GOOD copy of the 1925 Buckman Baseball team.  We've featured it before, but that copy was badly faded.

 Son has my copy of Horst's book so I can't check for sure, but wasn't Hoheisel's a Buckman business?
Where, you ask, was the Green Schoolhouse?  Well, remember the road between Royalton and Little Rock?  It's called Nature Road now.  The school was closer to Little Rock at the only jog in the whole distance...and if this was actually 1935, Anton and Lizzy Hesch lived just south of it, where the red square is.  Uncle Tony would have been 7 that year, and since he attended the Green schoolhouse, that could be him lower right!
BTW, yeah, the Green Schoolhouse was painted green when I was a kid, and it was a landmark for directions, like, "If you pass the Green Schoolhouse, you've gone too far!"  And BTW x2: Dad sold Dimey and Queeny to a farmer "just east of the Green Schoolhouse" and across the road.  
This pic makes me laugh, and wonder whatever prompted it?  

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