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 19, 2012

Well drilling in Buckman, 1910

TG for Google and the books they've digitized online.  When I searched "rural well drilling in 1909", this book (The "Encyclopedia of American Farm Implements and Antiques") came up with the illustrations we needed.  Cool!

 Knowing our ancestors and their money-saving proclivities, I'd guess the rig they used was something like this one, right?

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