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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Monday, August 26, 2013

What was a Sociability Tour?

The Jefferson Highway was the first transcontinental international highway to travel the North American continent from north to south.   Also known as the highway “From Pine to Palm,” the fifteen hundred mile route runs from Winnipeg, Canada, through Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas, ending in New Orleans.  It was opened in 1916.  This article, from the Little Falls (Mn) Herald, appeared on May 11, 1917.


Next Wednesday afternoon, Little Falls will be visited by a large number of automobile tourists, who will make a double relay sociability run from Winnipeg, Canada to New Orleans and return. The speakers' cars, four in number, will arrive at intervals of 10 minutes, the first car coming here at 4:26 on Wednesday, the second at 4:36, the third at 4:46 and the forth at 4:56.
The speakers' cars will stop on one of the downtown streets, probably on First street south and the public is invited to come out and hear the talks.
J.D.Clarkson, general manager of the Jefferson Highway association, and several other men, were in Little Falls Tuesday evening en route to Winnipeg to join the tour.  They came through here in two cars.
The tour starts from Winnipeg on next Monday morning at 8 o'clock.  The first night control will be at Thief River Falls.  On Tuesday morning, they start out from Thief River Falls.  Below is published the schedule of the tour, from Thief River Falls to St Cloud, the next night control; the time given being that of the arrival of the first speaker car:

( KNOW not even one of those times was met, so I won't bother copying them ☺...)

On the return trip the first car will arrive in Little Falls at 5:15 PM on Monday, June 25.  The city will be a night control on the return trip and it is planned to have a big reception and program in the evening, the details of which have not yet been completed.

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