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, October 7, 2013

Watershed years in the Paul Hesch family

1874  Paul Hesch & Mary Otremba are married.

1876 Rose Hesch is born

She married Louis Gottwalt in 1895.  They lived in Rice, Mn, and eventually had nine kids.  Rose died in 1951.

1878 John Hesch is born

He married Ketrina Mueller in 1902.  They homesteaded in ND and later moved back to Buckman.  They had five kids. John had rheumatism and tried for years to find relief. He died in 1926.
 1880 Frank Lewis Hesch is born

Frank worked on the railroad most of his life.  He married Elizabeth Kelly in June, 1920.  He died in 1922 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Elizabeth inherited the home farm, a mile west of Buckman.

 1882 Theresa Hesch is born

She joined the Benedictine convent in St Joseph, Mn and made her perpetual vows in 1910.  She most notably was a missionary to the Ojibwe at Mille Lacs Lake after years of teaching school around Minnesota.  Theresa (Sr Laura) died in 1972 and is buried at the mission in Vineland, Mn.

1883  Anton August Hesch is born

Anton married Elizabeth Sand in 1910.  They lived in Buckman, Little Rock and finally Royalton; adopted two boys from the orphan trains, and had ten more kids, two of whom died as infants.  Anton died in 1974.
This lucky couple were my grandparents ☺.

1885 Joseph Hesch is born

Joe married Anna Heurung in 1912.  They lived east of Buckman and had eight kids, the first of whom was supposedly adopted.  
Joe died in 1926 of a gunshot wound to the head.

1887 Paul Hesch (Jr) is born

Paul attended school in Buckman, and then St Johns in Collegeville, Mn.  He interned on the railroad as a brakeman.  He died in 1907 in Sand Point, Idaho by being crushed in the connection between two cars.  He was 20 years old, and is buried in Buckman next to his parents.

1888 Theodore Anton Hesch is born

Theo married Rosalia Dehler in May, 1920.  They had two daughters, and lived in Minneapolis, where Ted worked for the railroad.  Ted died in 1982.

1890 Mathias Hesch is born

Math married Mary Tetiva in October 1920.  They bought the home farm from Frank's widow and raised seven daughters there.  Math wrote the Buckman News for the Pierz Journal, Royalton Banner, the Little Falls Transcript.  He died in 1979.

1893 Stephen Hesch is born & dies

1895 Mary Hesch is born

Mary was amazing for her time.  She moved around the US and finally married Joe Peterson of Bruno, Mn after 1926.  They had no kids but spent a lot of time fishing and "doing as they pleased", which horrified/tickled her sibs.  She died in 1965.

1897 Lucy is born in NYC

Lucy was adopted by Paul & Mary as a baby.  She married Max Klein and they lived in Langola township, Benton Co., north of Rice, Mn. They had one daughter.
Lucy died in 1953.

1900 (Great grandfather) Paul Hesch broke his back falling out of a wagon.  He died three days later.  He was 52.

1906 Paul Vincent Doyle is born in  NYC

We don't know why Mary adopted a child after her husband died, but 4 year old Paul showed up in the 1910 census as an adopted son.  He married a woman named Alia and they had one son.  Paul died in 2004.

 1917 (Great grandmother) Mary Otremba Hesch died.
1920 Three Hesch brothers got married (Frank, Theo and Math) in 1920.  I've always wondered if there was a proviso in Mary's will re: inheriting upon marriage within three years...or else it was just time for all three of em ☺. 
1926  Young Paul died in 1907, and Frank in 1922...then two more brothers (John and Joe) died in 1926.  That left Rose, Sr Laura, Anton, Ted, Math, Mary, Lucy and Paul.  Rose and Lucy died in the 1950s, so I never knew them. We stopped to see "Aunt Mary in Bruno" whenever we made a trip to Duluth, but we kids waited in the car because "Aunt Mary didn't like kids". I don't recall ever meeting Theo or Paul Doyle. Too bad.

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