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, April 30, 2012

A directory from 1913

In June 1913, the Pierz Journal printed this directory of Pierz, Buckman and Lastrup--a full column down the middle of the page.  Of course it's in pieces here so you can read it.  It's cool cuz of the mix--civic board members, a train schedule, creamery and Catholic church trustees.  The names are familiar and interesting for who's there, but also for who's not.

(The sections overlap a little.  I'll try to post them in order, but might not be successful.  Deal with it ☺)

YAY--they're pretty much in order!  BTW, don't miss the Soo Railroad passenger train schedule.  Imagine a Janson or Sand from New Munich coming to visit, or to help butcher chickens, or attend a funeral--they'd arrive at 3:30 PM, and stay at least till the next morning at 11:20.  In the opposite direction, if you just wanted to visit a little, you could leave Genola at 11:30, have lunch with the relatives in Stearns Co and be home before 4PM.  This schedule probably encouraged sleep-overs, don't you think?
BTW, the "C.O.F" was the Catholic Order of Foresters, a fraternal organization providing insurance to Catholics, who were discriminated against in the U.S. in those years.  Still, even if the area was mostly Catholic, it seems weird to include them.  Maybe the column needed filling out?

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