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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Saturday, January 19, 2013

More international travelers

Some news from the July 4, 1912 issue of the Pierz Journal (Btw, Mike Sand was my paternal great grandfather, or grandma Lizzy's dad ☺):


Mike Sand of Buckman and Geo. Poser Jr of Pierz returned
 last week from a pleasure and visiting trip to their children, Mr  and Mrs Joseph Sand in Rich Prairie, Saskatchewan, Canada. Mr. Sand reports as follows: "Jos. H. has a good piece of land and is doing well.  On his farm is the only flowing well within a radius of twenty miles.  Everybody is busy breaking.  The soil is a heavy black loam with clay subsoil. There are not many stones in the neighborhood of Gull Lake and Rich Prairie.  Grain looks better than here and is about two weeks further advanced.  Flax was in blossom the first days of last week. I found the country a hundred percent better than it has been pictured out to me.  A good farmer and a good manager will make money in Canada; and a poor one will starve there as well as here.  It depends on the man behind the plow. 
There are no creameries in the Gull Lake country.  I picked out 320 acres of land adjoining Joseph's farm which I intend to buy this fall.  I say any young man who is ambitious  and in good health will make no mistake in going to Canada."


  1. awesome!!! thanks for sharing!!! - joseph h sand's great grand daugther

  2. Hey, Christa! There are tons of Sand stories here on HH--but if you want another link to Joe, he wrote to the editor of the Pierz Journal occasionally-this time, in October of 1912:
    How cool to have your great grandpa's words over 100 years later, huh?
    Thanks for commenting, BTW ☺