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, April 21, 2013

YES! Another map ☺

Many thanks to Larry and his side-kick, The Library of Congress.  Just look at this cool map they found, from 1897. It was a Galbraith's Railway Mail Service map, a quick reference to towns served by railroads where customers could pick-up freight.  It's loaded with visual puns of localities in Minnesota--like a king for Royalton or a goat for Buckman ☺.  (If you're enamored, Galbraith also did Illinois, Michigan, Kansas and Nebraska, Indiana and Missouri).
It's kinda melancholy to see train lines that never existed, like the one shown here, from Little Falls to Gravelville to Pierz.  It was maybe the planned Luce Line that never materialized, or the Great Northern line promoted by John Schmolke.  How different our history would be if those tracks were ever laid, huh?

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