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, October 7, 2012

Who was Flaudy Litke?

We noticed an unusual name in Pierz Journal articles--among the Muellers, Heschs, Terhaars and Hartmanns, there was a farmer turned bar-owner in the 1913-1914-1915 era named Flaudy Litke.  Pretty unusual name. 

(Re: the first clipping, Horst wrote to say that New Pierz was actually Genola.  From other clippings, there was a bar built near the train depot owned originally by John Schmolke, sold to Frank Hortsch, and as this blurb says, Flaudy and Frank traded business and farm, just like that!)

Larry found that Flaudy was short for Vladislaus, and that he died at 44 in 1918.  He's buried in the Pierz Cemetery.  Too bad we don't know more about him, huh?  Looks like, for a few years, he was a live wire in the Pierz area.  Here's his Find a Grave page.
Thanks, Larry!

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