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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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

News of 1907

Either 1907 was a spectacular year for newsy items, or this is where I started labeling with the year as well as a description.  I'm not transcribing any of these because none are directly about Heschs, they're just funny or interesting.  There's one about a bear, one about logging, and even one about the weather, among other stuff.  Click for legibility.

There was a "secret society" in Little Falls called the Redmen, which later became "the Improved Order of Redmen".  It wasn't the only secret society in Morrison, but it was maybe the most fun for its members, even tho their theme was a disrespectful take off on Indian culture.  It was a different time in history, ya know?

 I always assumed towns came first, with the railroads choosing where to lay the track, thereby enriching a town or killing one too far from the tracks.  According to this, tho, Bowlus, Vater and Hillman were Soo townsites.

I know the next clip is from 1908--deal with it.  I'm including it cuz I already have your attention.  I just wanted you to know that that spring was weird ☺.

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