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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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The "Mike on a bike" photo from WWII

There are times when Larry or I'll flip thru our online files or scroll down the blog and see something that brings up a question, which, knowing us, NEEDS to be investigated. Besides, we've found that it's worthwhile to re-visit stuff since there seems to be new info and pics online every week.  Like this, for instance:

The red tag is Dessau .
 We were talking about the picture (we've posted before) of dad on a flat-tired motorcycle in Dessau, Germany, in April 1945.  Larry'd found a pic of a German officer in a similar pose, also in Dessau, in 1945.  We started comparing the bikes, the setting and the two men.  No its not the same bike or the same building, but look, there are similarities, like the stone window sill above their heads and the position of the motorcycles and how much you can see of them.  The officer seems resigned to the war's end (and defeat), while dad looks jubilant and cocky. Too bad--he had 8 more months before he was discharged.

 I think this morning was the first time I saw dad's gun propped against the wall, too. 


  1. wow, I never saw the gun there, either. Makes it real that the gun was right by his side.....what he must have seen! K

  2. For sure...but then I look at the angle of his hat, and how his pants are tucked into his boots, and I wonder if his snuff box was in the pocket we can see....then I hear him making motor noises ☺