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, July 21, 2013

Early editorials from the Pierz Journal

...and other stuff.

For your next (Incredibly) Trivial Pursuits game when the Q comes up about the editors of the PJ between 1909 and 1919, all you'll need to blow em away is to read this post.

H.C.Bailey was first, for about a year, then A.P.Stoll and E.H.Kerkhoff, then just Kerkhoff, then F.L.Preimesberger, ok?  Someday you'll thank me for this.

Like all newspapers of the time (and today), the PJ did job printing--posters, fliers, church bulletins, invitations--why have a press if it's only used once a week?  The Journal office printed auction bills, too, so they had news brought right to them.  Hmm...I wonder if the farmer had to pay to have his auction published in the paper, if they printed the bill?

These next three clippings are here just for their historic interest.  I imagine it had to be said: "These rates will be strictly adhered to and everybody will be treated alike".

An example of the boosterism of the PJ early on.  This was Ed Kerkhoff encouraging land owners not to sell too cheap.  I like his conclusion, too.

                                                                                                      The editor had to reprimand occasionally, too. 

"There are events occurring in every community which, if reported in a local paper would create a commotion little dreamed of.  What to report and what not to report often perplexes the editor.  He is often unjustly accused of cowardice and favoritism, when all the time he is looking towards the good reputation of the town where his lot is cast.  The local editor, from necessity, almost constantly finds himself between two fires, and whichsoever way he turns he is sure to be unjustly treated.  This is one of the pleasures of the newspaper business".  
--Pine City Poker

It tickles me that this was from "some other paper", so it didn't sound like "our" editor was whining ☺. 

"An editor and his wife disagree with each other materially.  She sets things to right, and he writes things to set.  She reads what others write and he writes what others read.  She keeps the devil out of the house as much as possible, and he retains him and could not go to press without him.  She knows more than he writes, and he writes more than she knows.--Ex."

The Journal pencil pusher has been appointed village justice of the peace by the council.  It is a thankless job.  About the only remuneration a justice usually receives for dispensing justice is injustice.  However, we are going to qualify, and if any of the members of that council are ever brought before us as defendants in a criminal case we will give them the full limit of the law.  (
This would have been Mr Bailey.  No wonder he left town so soon after he started the paper!)

And here's an ode to the country editor with reasons for what he writes.
(I imagine this sort of article had to be printed regularly ☺)

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