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 26, 2012

Mike Sand pays a fine

 St Cloud Journal , July 3, 1875
Wow! Larry found that the Library of Congresses newspaper collection Chronicling America now includes the St Cloud Journal.  There's a description and details like how long it lasted, but all you need to know here is that the SCJ was a chatty little advertiser dealing mostly with a smallish group of acquaintances, and the stores they used ☺.
It was bought from Jane Grey Swisshelm after St Cloud proved it couldn't tolerate an uppity white woman running a newspaper.  Swisshelm's nephew, Wm Bell Mitchell, bought her out and pretty much avoided controversy for years.  Mitchell was the same guy who wrote the History of Stearns County, so there's that.
But, the article above--how do we know this was OUR Mike Sand?  Well, see the man he assaulted?  John Ferschweiler was a neighbor in LeSauk Township and the brother of a woman who married-in to the Sands...we've posted about them before.  
And here's Mike, still single at 23, fighting in the streets of St Cloud and being arrested for it.  His fine-and-cost combo was equal to about $350 bucks today.  WOW ☺

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