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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Saturday, August 10, 2013

St. Michael's Catholic Church, Buckman, Minnesota, 1903

When the settlers in what became Buckman, Mn. decided to incorporate as a village, St Michael's Church was a big part of signing the papers and making it legal.  That was, coincidentally, in 1903, just like the date in the headline, see?  A beautiful new church in an established town benefitted both.  Anyway, here's the front page article in the Little Falls Herald of September 4, 1903...but don't bother trying to enlarge it.  If you're really interested, click HERE for the page at the Library of Congress.  However, if you're only interested enough to read that article, scroll down.  The pertinent article was called "New Buckman Church", below.

Why September 29th, you ask?  Because that's the feast day of St Michael the Archangel (and in fact, for years, the bazaar was held on that date, no matter the day of the week).  In 1903, the next issue of the LF Herald was published on October 2, and the entire Bucknam News column was dedicated to the new church, and oddly, bios of three prominent church "directors".

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