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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Monday, November 10, 2014

A Minnesota Snow Secret

Work (and lunch with Aunt Eileen) are cancelled for today, 
so I've got a snow day just like the school kids ☺.  
The grass was well covered when I got up this morning, and now, at noon, it's at least 8-10 inches deep.  The city plow was just out on the street building the curbside mini-mountain range that'll last till February or March. Here's the truth: no matter how much we bitch and complain about winter, we're proud of ourselves for enduring it, for staying warm, for living thru another one. Any "near miss" (i.e., "OMG, I had to walk all the way to the mailbox and back!") is great fodder for friends in Florida and for you-think-that's-bad- listen-to-this contests.  Now, the mosquitoes and gnats freeze to death, weeds and grass stop growing, summers' incessant heat is gone, and the clean whiteness appeals to our Northern European souls. We're holed-up now for a few months, making soup and bread, reading books and...doing genealogy.  Gut genug.

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