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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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Math the reporter

I think of great-uncle Math Hesch with affection.  He was bigger than life when I was a kid because he looked like his brother "Big Grandpa" but he was way more tolerant of kids--he actually seemed to like us.  He always had gum or a nickle for us, so why was mom so adamant about not talking to him?

As I skim the first five years of Pierz Journal issues (1909-1913), I realize two things: Math hadn't really developed his style yet, and there were many other moms who enforced that rule with their kids,too, way before I was born.

The range of Buckman residents mentioned in the Buckman News was limited to the west end, his own relatives, and what he could deduce by driving past a farm and recognizing the cars parked there. I think he loved the repercussions, too, when he told a joke with locals as characters...for instance:
(I think these two "Dreamstick" bits were copied from a joke book--the theme, thankfully, didn't last).

Oh oh:
 THIS didn't last either...☺

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