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, March 30, 2012

A challenge for you...

Here's an amazing view of our little Minnesota town, found on the top corner of a page in the 1970 Pictorial Atlas.  It's definitely Buckman, looking north from high in the church steeple.  Highway 25 is still a dirt road.  The roof at the bottom of the photo was Brandl's Harness Shop (later, Zenners Store).  Brandl Motors wasn't there yet, tho if you look closely, there seem to be signs of building on that lot.  John Hesch's store is the two part building second from the bottom right corner....right after the white Millinery shop.  Schmolke's house and store are there, as are the houses we saw in the 'pouring sidewalks' picture.  In fact, if you zoom in and use your imagination, you can see the sidewalk between Schmolke's Store and the bank corner. Mischke's Hardware and Muellers Bar and store are in the distance on the left, see?

 The challenge is to figure out what year this photo was taken. 
(Bonus points if you know who climbed the church steeple to take the pic ☺)  
ALL the answers are here on HH, by the way (except for the "Who?" question, natch).  It'll help if you've been paying attention all along, but if not, try the labels to the left, or the search engine way up top.  Good luck!
Incidentally, this post happens to be the 900th post on Hesch History.  

YAAAY, Larry and Me!!


  1. I think that it being 1970 just because it was the 1970 book is too obvious so I won't say it unless it's the right answer in which case - PT wins again!! But in case that's not the right answer, I'll say 1925. And the person who climbed up there to take the picture was the grandfather of the kid who many years later climbed the water tower and painted out critical parts of the B in Buckman. Am I right? Huh? Huh? Am I right?

    Over-eagerly yours -


  2. Sorry, wrongo on all counts, except possibly that grandfather dude. Do a little research and guess again!

  3. Do I get the prize because my answer was closest?

    Love - PT

  4. Naw, but you get the coveted "Only Answer Award" again ☺ BTW, we figure it was taken about 1916, so you were only 9 years off. Congrats, PT!