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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Friday, November 16, 2012

Thinking about the future, too

It's weird--since January of 2009, Larry and I have researched, discovered and thrilled at Hesch history.  We've written about it and shared pics here on the blog.  We've obviously been intent on the past, (purposely omitting wonderful grandkid pics ☺) but occasionally we speculate on the bigger picture, the 'grand scheme of things', as mom used to say.  For instance, what did Paul Hesch think about when he crawled into that apple barrel, or decided on  Buckman, Minnesota, or married Mary, or bought another farm...what was his vision of the future?  How far "out" did his imagination go?  We've wondered, too, about the future of what we've built here online.  Will it be a permanent part of Hesch lore?  Are there enough readers and have they read enough to carry the stories to their children and grandchildren?  Is it even important to know this stuff?  Discovering is the best part, and if it's permanently here online, then what's left to find for the next generations?  And for heaven's sake, what brought all this up today?  

Well, I found an article about connecting with our distant descendants.  It made me think about our legacy to future Heschs in a world our ancestors probably wouldn't recognize and that we seem to have so little power to fix...

From "The thousand year stare" by Marek Kohn:
"Make a model of the world in your mind. Populate it, starting with the people you know. Build it up and furnish it. Draw in the lines that connect it all together, and the ones that divide it. Then roll it into the future. As you go forward, things disappear. Within a century or so, you and all the people around you have gone. As things go that are certain to go, they leave empty spaces. So do the uncertainties: the things that may not be things in the future, or may take different forms — vehicles, homes, ways of communicating, nations — that from here can be no more than a shimmer on the horizon".
The author explores the hubris of building something intended to last for 1,000 it possible, and...who is it for?  Honest, it's worth the read.

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