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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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Another Old News Contest--YAY ☺

My file of clippings from the Pierz Journal is bulging with hundred-year-old news that I'm sure you want to see.  Three of these were written by 21 year old Math Hesch.  Guess which ones, ok? Normal prizes to be bestowed, promise.

"Since the auto season is gradually drawing toward the close and the chicken season and election are approaching, the talk among the benchwarmers and whittlers is slowly shifting from the merits of the different types of machines to the merits and demerits of pointers, setters, and political candidates".

Charles Gravel (gra-VEL) was the mayor of Pierz in 1912, just so ya know.  It's valuable knowledge that you might need some day, when I'll say "Ha! I told you so!"

 "Joe Hortsch began to dig the basement for our new school in district 41.  It will be 48 X 49 and 3 feet deep".
(This would be the high school building on the west end of Buckman where the nuns taught freshman and sophmore subjects in alternate years.  Mom attended in 1932-34)  Horst wrote to say the school basement Joe Hortsch dug was St Michaels school, the one we remember across from the church.   (The HS was built much later, he said).  Thanks, Horst ☺

"J. Hoheisel says his well cost him $140 and that it would have been about as cheap to buy beer, as to get water at such expense".

A crop in fall, 1911: "John L. Dehler took a four horse
 load of flax to  Pierz Thursday".

"Jos. Janson Sr. who left for Los Angeles, Cal. last spring for his health returned Saturday and is feeling much better. (Joe Janson was mom's grandpa).
Lena Sand went to Pierz Thursday for a visit with friends, returning 

last Saturday. 
(Lena was Grandma's sister).
John Wintermeyer and family of St Cloud were the welcome guests of 
Mr and Mrs Mike Sand, the first part of the week.  They returned Wednesday.  (Mrs Wintermeyer was grandma's sister Vernie).
T.A. Hesch who left for North Dakota last spring came home for a short visit last Saturday.
(T.A.  was Math's brother, Theo).
Annie Hesch of Agram was in town Sunday visiting friends"
(Annie was the daughter of Mathias Hesch, our great grand uncle).
An ad for Hartmann's Store, Pierz, 
 from February, 1912.  
Definitely a typical Morrison guy with his typical dog, Shep.


  1. I choice the third set (the ones in red). They definitely sounds like Uncle Math. Oh - I'm supposed to pick three? OK - I choice the other red set and the ones in the middle. There - I've made my choice of three. Just send the prizes where you've sent all the other prizes, OK? :^)

    Love - PT

  2. Sorry, PT--out of a possible 5 articles, you 'choiced' only two correctly. (Think about it: Math woulda NAMED the benchwarmers, and had them say something embarrassing).
    Naw, the correct ones included Hortsch, Hoheisel, Dehler, and the blue/red obvious family news.
    But, I can probably send you 2/3 of the prize if you insist.
    Love you!

  3. I hate to quibble about how you run your blog contests (you know me), but since I had the highest percentage of correct answers of all the contestants (oops - contestant), I think I deserve all of the prize - and probably the high point trophy too. I don't want to have to get rough, but I'll tell on you to your older sister if I'm not awarded the prizes.

    Love - PT

  4. Um - (throat clearing noise) - I haven't received my prizes yet. Oh wait - you're awarding the normal prizes? Maybe I have received them then.

    Love you - PT