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, January 13, 2013

Promoting Center Valley, Mn

Back in June 2012, we did a post on Theo Billmeyer, the main promoter of a place called Center Valley.  Evidently, Theo had some big ideas about the marvelous-ness of this little valley 7 miles east of Pierz, Mn.
As we found more and more articles in the Pierz Journal reporting on Theo Billmeyer's efforts, we realized that they were poking fun at him.  Here they were in Pierz, a well established town, and there was Center Valley, where nothing was happening at all.  A store, a creamery and a Soo line spur, nothing more.  

But then, I think postmaster Theo was also the Center Valley reporter to the PJ, and he often poked fun at himself....good for him!

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