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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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Pierz Journal as Civic Leader

Perusing the first five years of the Pierz Journal newspaper online is  interesting (besides being FUN).  I'm impressed that the editor seemed to hit just the right note when suggesting something new for the town/area. For instance, Market Day in Pierz was first proposed by the paper, and soon a Commercial Club was formed to plan for it.  

It's cool to see how local issues were influenced by the paper, too.
Surprisingly, the paper sounded reasonable, not preachy, so people must have agreed (tho not to the extent of melding Upper Town with Lower Town ☺.  There's only so much...)

If you know the area, you'll be able to imagine the area around Pierz being speculated about here.  It's a mild scolding but without much pain--since you could agree and all the while think it's everyone else's fault.

Then too, a call to action came from the paper pretty often, like this suggestion about a Coronet Band:

All right, so here's just a bit of preaching about that dangerous newfangled invention, the Automobile, and those crazy drivers....and also, a cautionary tale, found later:

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