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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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Remember Francis DeVivaldi?

We're always on the lookout for the rest of  any of the stories we've investigated here, right?  So, when we talked again today of the errant priest DeVivaldi, Larry did another search, and found this, from May, 1893.  I wonder if he was ever able to regain ANY of the land his daughter claimed...  
Another Chapter in the Life of Father 
St Cloud, Minn.,May 16.--The noted case of Francis Devivaldi against Senator H.C. Waite and others, involving title to a large tract of land on the outskirts of St Cloud, has been settled by the supreme court by a decision reaffirming the order of the lower court, refusing the plaintiff an opportunity to file an answer.  Devivaldi was a priest who buried his identity in the wilds of Brazil for twenty years, and whose daughter was the wife of Avery, a prominent officer in the army of the king of that country.  Devivaldi, after having been pronounced dead for many years, unexpectedly made his appearance here and created considerable of a sensation.

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