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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Friday, July 26, 2013

Wonderful History Overload ☺

There are times when other stuff in our lives takes precedence over Hesch history (I know, how is that possible?!) but the SEARCH for history is ongoing, and sometimes it even falls in our laps.  Then too, we'll find 3-4 things at a time because one thing leads to another....such riches!
TG for the internet, bookmarks, and for people who wrote stuff down!

One cool discovery from Larry this week is a list (with pics) of Past and Present Minnesota Railroad Stations by county.  Morrison has 10 pictures, and I think we can add to their set with pics we found in the Morrison Co Atlases.
See if you can discover an inaccuracy there...☺
Another is this website about George Lawrence, who took pictures with a camera rigged on kites.  He took a few photos of St Cloud in 1900 or so.  Most are here on the Library of Congress website, along with 260+ other historic aerial pics he took.
"Zion Industries at Shiloh Tabernacle, July 1904, Zion City, Ill."
Can you imagine the thrill of lining up like this, in 1904, and facing a camera suspended from a kite?  W
e've posted about Zion City and A.J. Dowie before, so this pic caught my eye ☺.  Damn, in fact, they ALL do, but I have a post to write.  If you find good ones, leave a comment, ok?  The pics are numbered.

Lessee, what else? OH, this site where Larry found the original plat map of the village of Buckman, and the names of the residents who wanted to incorporate it.  I intend to transcribe what John Schmolke wrote here, so check back, ok?  

A cool sidelight Larry discovered on this plat map is the name of the artist who copied it, one George Harting:
(the above from Morrison Co Influentials)

 Lloyd Harting. Artist. Born in Little Falls, Minnesota, in 1901, Lloyd Harting was one of the Art Directors on the Disney cartoon, Bambi. Lloyd worked for the advertising agency, Brown & Bigelow, and for 20th Century Fox Film Co. Studio. Brother of George Harting.

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