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, September 26, 2014

St Cloud, Minnesota, in 1866

 Evidently, a small town newspaper in 1866 didn't have enough real news to fill all four pages.  This teaser is from an inside page of the St Cloud Democrat of August 16, 1866.  Most of the front page, four of seven columns,  was business ads, with the article mentioned taking all of the sixth column.

 It's interesting to read a contemporary view of the mostly unsettled St Cloud area 11 years after statehood. In context, Paul Hesch wouldn't arrive here for another 3 years, but the Otrembas already had their soddy built on the prairie near Pierz.
 I captured the article in chunks knowing you wouldn't bother to read it if you had to fuss...☺

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