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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Sunday, March 22, 2015

A special treat!

When I think about "famous" Heschs, there's Wilhelm Hesch, the opera singer back in Vienna, and dad's aunt, Sr Laura...and definitely, dad's Uncle Math Hesch, the newspaper reporter.  We've posted a lot of Math's columns here already, but the latest ones we can access online are from 1924, well before Math got "funny".  His best columns were later, when he knew he had a following; when, as Ferdie Stepan said:
"Our mailman was Leo Virnig...leave Mail at the Post Office in Buckman...The day the Pierz Journal came also came some congestion as a fellow wrote a column every week and the people wanted to have their paper right now. The guy did a good job and it was quite hilarious once in awhile.  Matt Hesch was his name and he had a brother Tony. They were kinda in the Moonshine business.  Matt worked for the Soil Conservation and he did a good job.  I don't think they were ever thought of as non [law] abiding citizens.  They had large families, some nice girls, too".
So, this week, Math's daughter Laura sent a few of his columns from 1953-54 and 1961-71.   (Math was born in 1890.  You can do the "math"...☺)
Here are two--they should be clickable--

I'll post more tomorrow, ok?
Our THANKS to Laura!

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