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, November 19, 2014

The Washington Evening Star Newspaper, in 1922

Here's something Larry sent this morning.  It's every bit as cool as the cross section of the Olympic we posted in May 2009, honest.

Built in 1898, "the Evening Star Building" (in Washington, DC) "has an opulent Beaux-Arts style façade reserved for the grandest public buildings of the day. A closer study of the intricate detail in the hand-carved marble scroll work and enormous ornamental friezes affirms the building’s status as an architectural and historical treasure" according to a property page online. The newspaper itself began publishing in 1852, so a Washington newspaper would have been main reporters of Civil War battles and troop movements.  

The Wikipedia page about the building includes more history as well as this photo.  Not only is it cool to look at the diagram and compare it with the photo, but if you imagine how a newspaper headquarters might have been arranged (before you click the link), you'll be as surprised as we were by how self-serving the place was in 1922, when the diagram was drawn.

And why not?  No doubt the ad agencies, news-gathering associations (AP and Consolidated), "Better Business" bureau, and Merchants' associations all paid rent.  It must have been a breathless, thrilling place to work or visit.  Imagine walking in the front door, up to the classified desk: the smell of paper, ink and cigars, people hurrying, the thrum of presses and suss of pneumatic tubes.  It must have positively pulsed with excitement and knowing.

Here's the actual pages--May 10, 1922--where the diagram was posted.

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