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, May 30, 2012

Guy stuff

Evidently, hunting and fishing were important for feeding the family among the men of Buckman and Pierz in the first half of the 1900s.  The newspaper reports of two-week fishing trips and large amounts of game were a regular subject in the Pierz Journal early on, as were the hunting/fishing pics in the Morrison Pictorial Atlases (tho those were mostly later).  Still, you have to wonder if all the game was actually for food, or more for fun and the thrill of hitting a running target.  Also, as in every age, guys love getting away from the normal routine, especially if there's a more noble purpose to be claimed.


  1. The last photo is bizarre. Was it at a butcher shop, or did they just slaughter a herd of deer?

  2. I guess I just assumed it was the kill from one hunting party, but on the other hand, why would anyone have a rack in the yard that would hold 14+ deer unless it was a butcher shop? I'm pretty sure the pic is from before 1970. I figure the game laws were looser then, too.
    Thanks for commenting, Lemone! ☺

  3. BTW, I made it smaller which makes it not so gross...