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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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mail Delivery by Snowmobile?

Here are some stunning Post Office vehicle photos Larry found online--probably from the mid-1920s or so. Were they kits provided by the postal service, or were they home-made?  Seems to me they were sharing the "how to", but added improvements as they occurred to the local builder/mechanic.  None of the three pics are of the same vehicle, you can tell, but the second one is parked in front of the U S POST OFFICE PIERZ MINN. I bet the caterpillar-track six-wheeler was used for road-free areas, and skis were swapped out for the front tires after the first snowfall.  I'm constantly in awe at peoples' innovative skills. Wow!

Larry said this last pic was in New England ☺

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