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 27, 2013

The immigrant Mathias Hesch

A few weeks ago, I got an email from a formerly unknown relative who'd found some of his family here on HH ☺.  Turns out he's...well, lessee:

Great grandpa Paul had a bro, Mathias, from Bohemia,
who had a son, John, 
who had a son, Herbert, 
who had a son, John.  Ok?

(I'm being cryptic so names of living people won't be searchable from here.  If you're reading this, you probably already get how he fits, right?  These are the Agram township Heschs)

This week John's visiting his sibs in Phoenix, and sent us some precious photos from that side of the family.
This is Mathias Hesch and Agnes (Trachofsky) Hesch probably about 1904, 
which would have been their 25th wedding anniversary.  We have a family photo from later , probably about 1926...or 
1929, when Mathias and Agnes had been married for 50 years.  
(Wow, isn't it COOL to see photos of a great aunt and uncle that we didn't even know existed four years ago? And can you recognize cousins' faces in Mathias' face, too?)
And  this is John Hesch and Cecilia (Otremba) Hesch on their wedding day, November 11, 1913. John was the son of Mathias and Agnes.  They carried on farming in Agram township and were mentioned fairly often in the Pierz Journal back then.   

John said this photo was taken about 1962 after his grandparents were retired and spent winters in Arizona.  Yes, aren't those typical Hesch hands?  John said his grandpa was very strong.  
I hope Ceil made the point here, huh?

A couple years ago, I spoke with an old man who, as a kid on a neighboring Agram township farm, vividly remembered John's whistling tunes that carried across the field between the farms.  He said it was at least a half-mile away!

And this is their son Herbert Hesch and Elizabeth (Lynch) Hesch on their wedding day, August 5th, 1947. They were married at St Peter's Cathedral in Omaha.

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