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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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

News from Georgia in 1895

"The South is attracting much attention but it is doubly true that the public ear and eye are fixed on Georgia at present, with an intensity emphasized by the coming Atlanta International Exposition, and the unparalleled success of Central Georgia as the "Paradise of the Peach".  The Queen of the Harvest smiles and her hand-maidens joyously bear the burden of an over-luxuriant crop.  Miles and miles and acres and acres blush with the roseate hue of the rosy cheeked peach where once King Cotton held exclusive domain.  California wonders and the frozen golden orange look up to her stronger sister Peach for sympathy.  Macon issues invitations to the Georgia Peach Carnival, July 1st to 20th, land seekers rates".

In case you're wondering, Larry lives right in the middle of that peach ☺.  He found this clipping because it's fun to check other states' newspapers for page fillers  that are still of interest 119 years later.  In context, the Civil War had ended only 30 years before, and the South was still economically depressed. Then too, I think it must have been a gamble to depend on trees for a crop instead of seasonal "King Cotton".  They desperately needed people in other states to develop a taste for Sweet Georgia Peaches.  It seems to have worked.

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