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 20, 2013

The Pierz Journal office

I'm sure you're consumed with curiosity about the Pierz Journal offices (AND I'm proud of your constraint in not begging for info in the comments).  
So, ok, here's what we have:
We think the Pierz Journal was published in the first white building on the left  in the "South Pierz" street view (looking north), below.  You'll notice a sign that says "Journal".  Well, that narrows it considerably.

This weekend, I was paging thru the Atlases again, because we've finally learned that just because we didn't notice something on the first go-round doesn't mean it's not there....
which is to say, "Hey, look what we found!"
 This pic was in the 1970 edition of the Atlas.  I'd love a photo of the editors' desk in the office part of the building, but till someone sends one, this will have to do.

A few days later:  LOOK what Larry found in the MNHS photo collection--we think it was taken in 1925 when an unknown photographer took photos of businesses in Morrison County (like creameries, banks, and the interiors of stores and saloons, but didn't name any of them).  The photo below is WAY clearer.  Just look at the crisp details--and we know it's the PIERZ JOURNAL. Yay!
Ha!  Here's a bit of snark from the St Cloud Times in 1909,
 about this new upstart paper in Pierz:

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