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, September 18, 2012

Who was Magnus Rauch?

Over the years, two family names in the Buckman/Pierz area sorta ran together in my head until I realized they WERE different.  

Our great grandmother Louisa Sand was born Louisa RAUSCH (pronounced Rau-ssh), right?  

The other similar name was RAUCH (pronounced Rau-K).  
(When I mentioned this to Uncle Tony, he said "well, yeah" it wasn't news).

Anyway, the Rauchs lived in Agram township, NE of the Anton Hesch 280, SW of Pierz and Genola. (This Anton was our great-great uncle--born in Bohemia, brother of Paul and Mathias...or, g'head, read the blog header again ☺)

See? Rauchs were just south of the lake...the tan map is 1902, the green one, 1912.

The photos below were in the Morrison Co Atlas, in the Historic Photos section. I don't know names, but the Rauch families were neighbors and friends of the Heschs (John Hesch after Anton died in 1911), so they were part of our history. I assume Magnus Rauch was John Rauch's son, and that Agnes and Claudine were Magnus' daughters.  If you know different, leave it in a comment and I'll change this post--Thanks!

 Next day:  Here's something Larry just found in the Brainerd Paper.  As he said, remember the war games held in Morrison County in 1940?  Magnus Rauch was a land owner and a county Commissioner.  (It's nice to know that the gov't wasn't able to just commandeer the right to  use all that land, too). COOL, huh?


  1. Hi, Elena here. Thanks for the heads up on the difficulty to move pictures in blogger.

    Currently I found a workaround - Switch to HTML mode when you are abt to upload image, click 'Insert Image' then you will get options to upload multiple pictures and choose 'None' as Layout. That way the pictures would place themselves next to each other (till there's no space) and flow downwards naturally.

    Check out the post at the bottom of my blog to see what I mean.

    Blogger should have placed the upload options all in one section instead of having different ones for Compose mode and HTML mode. What a facepalm move.

    Cheers. =)

  2. THANKS Elena! I tried it ass-backwards with the diaper post (above), but that taught me your work-around even