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, March 19, 2012

Extra, Extra! Getcher old news here!

Among family history buffs, the availability of old newspapers' online is a godsend.  We've found info we would never have known to search for, since the articles were often wire service fillers in other towns' papers.
In particular, we can search for family names over thousands of issues in dozens of towns from, for instance, 1880 to 1922 (earliest to latest digitized copies).  Unusual names work best, of course.
These first two are interesting not only for the familiar name involved, but for the physical distance between the two newspapers (Los Angeles, California, and Washington D.C.) BTW, I'm not typing the family name to keep it from being searchable from need to recognize the name in the article.
(Clever, huh?)

Now this blurb made me laugh.  We called this practice a "Shiveree"--something family and friends did to a newlywed couple early in their marriage, when the couple was probably engaged in what newlyweds often do.  THIS one got out of hand, sounds like.  

And lastly, here's an article Larry found in the Duluth Tribune of August 1, 1915.  We're pretty sure this wasn't OUR Charlie.  We do know that Charlie and Elizabeth were back in Duluth, at least for a time, around 1917 (we have his WWI draft card from there).  But we also know a Norwegian Charles Sand lived in Duluth around this time. Well then!

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