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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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Comparing 1880, 1890 and 1900 in Morrison Co.

These statistics interest me especially regarding the countries our folks came from, of course.  We know our Sands came from Luxembourg, as did the Neisius family, the Zenners, the Brixius and Majerus families among many others, but the census in 1900 says there was only one immigrant from there.  By then, people just said "Germany"--it was easier.  
Same with the Austria-Bohemia distinction: in 1900, Paul Hesch claimed Austria instead of Bohemia:
"After the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire, the territory became part of the Habsburg's larger Austrian Empire, and subsequently the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1867. Bohemia retained its name and formal status as a separate Kingdom of Bohemia until 1918..." (Wikipedia)
Otrembas, Rauschs, Schmolkes and many others came from "German Poland", "Austrian Poland" or "Russian Poland", while over 1,100 claimed Germany.

It's fascinating, too, how quickly Europeans in Morrison Co increased, from 618 in 1860 to 22,891 in 1900. 

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