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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Sunday, March 9, 2014

More links to Waumandee!

Horray!  We heard this weekend from Carol, a great granddaughter of immigrant Mathias Hesch (see masthead for who he was).  Her grandparents were Valentine and Lena Hesch, and her parents were Leonard and Caroline Hesch.  If you recall (I'm sure you do), Mathias and Agnes had 8 daughters and 2 sons--John and Valentine.  
Since Mathias and Agnes moved to Pierz in 1912 or so, their daughters and son John (Hunzi) made their lives around Pierz.  
Hunzi's older brother Val had already established himself in Waumandee, Wisconsin, so the Val & Lena branch is mostly Wisconsinites...a parallel universe that we weren't aware of.  We know from the Pierz Journal that they visited each other regularly until Mathias died in 1931, and Val in 1946.  

I think we'll have to plan another reunion, for sure. This time, maybe in Waumandee?
Leonard and Caroline on their 25th wedding anniversary in 1968.
Back row, Leonard & Caroline, Lucille & Rudy,
Edna (Weaver), Lena Hesch, Lucille and Nick Kotrodimos.
(The underlined are four of the six kids Val and Lena had).

 Isn't this just cool?  Thanks for writing, Carol!

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