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, May 23, 2014

Germany's Allotment Gardens

We marveled at a lot of things as we rode the train around Europe this spring. Heading from Prague to Munich, for instance, we saw along the train tracks, these plots of...neat tended gardens, some with swing sets, grills, flag poles, even landscaping, and always, a glorified playhouse.  
We were fascinated, because the same thing occurred near most every town along the way.  Each plot was interesting, but they went by so quickly we could hardly point em out to each other.  Why along the tracks?  Why so many of them?  They were typically German (to us)--very orderly, all of it done with great attention to detail, and property lines, and with humor.  (You can tell the Google photo, above, is taken from the height of a train).
So, when we got home, I looked it up:
"Most Germans may live in cities, but they still remain attached to nature. That’s why those who can’t afford their own house and garden often have a small allotment, enabling them to get away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives and work. Generally located on the outskirts of cities, these allotment gardens are grouped into so-called “colonies”.
Read the rest of the explanation at the link--it's pretty cool and very German ☺

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