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, September 13, 2013

Some 1907- 1914 News

Today's post needs little explanation, being an odd collection of news like we've done before, but you know I'll chat you up anyway, right?  
I'd just found the P.H.Hartmann obit the night before Shari and I went to Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls (Mn), so I thought I'd look for his grave and get a photo.  Yes, I posted the obit on his Find a Grave page, just for equilibrium on the internet ☺. 

START DRIVING EARLY had a far different meaning once, but by 1911 it was already a play on words.  It worked on me ☺, reading the article 100 years later.  

What a neat view of the logging industry--the spring thaw was early that year, so the down-river mills fired up in early April.  The info would have been pertinent to just about 
everyone who lived in Morrison Co. because of all the tributary streams that fed the Mississippi.  Once the ice went out, logs followed. Between 20 and 25 MILLION feet of logs at the landing in Little Falls?!  Whew.

BTW, I mentioned this to a client who recalled pulling submerged pine logs out of the river in the 1970s, and using the wood.  Wait, didn't they have to be dried out first?  He said no, they came out of 60 years under water pretty much like they'd gone in--not at all water logged or rotted.  How cool to learn that!


 John Naber, mom's uncle John, must have had problem when he drove the Studebaker home...

We explored Secret Societies in June 2010 (they were fashionable in Morrison Co too).  Below are a couple of articles about the Red Men in Little Falls, one that's just embarrassing  and one about how they became "Improved".  Yes, these were grown men (President Roosevelt among 'em).

The Reformatory in St Cloud has been "over-populated" for years, it seems.  Yeah, it was a different place in 1911.

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