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, June 29, 2012

100 years ago, this week

The Pierz Journal was gearing up for the Fourth of July in the  June 27th, 1912 issue, but a story on an inside page caught my eye instead.
Look closely at this disgusting illustration--I believe the flies are doing five possible left-to-right infestations, not a zig-zag path.  Whew, a "consumptive's spittoon" could be part of........ok, too repulsive to imagine!

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