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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Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Pierz, Minnesota in 1910

 New Pierz, as far as we can tell, was named because Pierz itself couldn't decide where a depot should go.  The  Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (Soo line) got tired of the dispute and simply built the tracks south of the village of Pierz.
However, New Pierz/Genola was never a pretty town ☺

Larry found this "postcard" for sale on ebay (tho it looks more like a newspaper print).  The photo was taken from the NE, looking SW.  Besides the depot and elevators, the hotel is the most identifiable building.  

Here's a closer pic from the Morrison County Atlas, to compare with the new old pic Larry found.   The historic airphoto from the Minnesota DNR shows where the photographer stood to take that pic.  Obsessive is obsessive.
Genola in 1940

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