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, January 11, 2014

The death of Paul Hesch Jr.

We've talked about grandpa's brother Paul before, the seventh child, born in 1887, and his death 20 years later in 1907.  He was 13 here, in the photo taken after his father died (1900). 

I think we posted this tidbit from the St John's school newspaper before, too, speculating how awful it must have been for Mary, his mom.  Class of '03 had to be High School because he would have been only 16 then.  According to the pic below, jobs on the railroad were often used as college courses.  The announcement to the right mentions Hillyard, Washington...info via wikipedia:

"Hillyard, Washington is a neighborhood in Spokane, Washington which existed as a separate town between 1892 and 1924.

The town came about due to the Great Northern Railway and was named for James J. Hill, then-head of the railroad...Hillyard was the home of the Great Northern's famed shops where locomotives were manufactured, repaired, and refurbished. At the time, the Hillyard shop was the largest in the nation".
Thanks to Larry for finding these two articles this week.   He and I have often talked about how certainly,  people were the same then as now...the pain of a beloved son dying so horribly, as well as the loss of a another link to her husband, Paul, must have been devastating. I wish we knew more about him.

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