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, September 24, 2014

Doing a History Report for School?

When I have an hour or two to do some aimless exploring online, I often browse old magazines at  It's partly for the illustrations, and partly for stuff that might fit here on Hesch History.  Every time I do, I'm struck by the incredible information in those articles.  Then, it was Current Affairs, but now, it's American and World History.

We've found information about engines, ocean liners, how they built cars and canals, Oh, wow stuff, the cattle market, where fruit was grown, J.J.Hill, Westinghouse, the salt industry, locomotives, skyscrapers, J.P.Morgan, his railroads and steel plants, how mines worked, pictures that talk, as well as ideas that didn't work out so hot. These all came from Technical World, the forerunner of Popular Mechanics magazine, but there are lots of other magazines digitized there, all searchable by title or keyword or year.  
The Library of Congress has digitized newspapers from towns around the country (1836-1922), so there are historical accounts there, too. If you're looking for local history, try Minnesota Reflections, where you'll find the Pierz Journal (among other papers).

These websites are too good a resource to ignore, and the school year is just beginning.  You're welcome!

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