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, April 12, 2015

Math records another trip ☺

"The attached photo was taken in 1952
but it will give you an idea what
they looked like when on this trip".
Ok, I just downloaded Dropbox.  To see if and HOW it works, I'm trying to share the transcript of a trip Math and Mary Hesch took in 1956-57 to the west coast.  I think THIS should do it. ☺ COOL! (You don't need Dropbox to see it).

The transcript was sent by their daughter Laura, and was graciously typed up by her daughter:
"I gave the Diary to my daughter Julie to transcribe.  It was a challenge. The book measured about 4 inches wide and 6 inches long.  No paragraphs"...!

 Julie enlisted her daughter Sally, and between them, tried to figure out Math's handwriting and what he meant.  It had to be a challenge, partly because of the run-on sentences, and partly because it's been almost 60 years since Math wrote it.  Most of the people he referred to are long gone--Hortschs, Dehlers,  Wendelin Janson and his neighbor Mrs Scalzi, not to mention friends of their daughters who helped entertain them when the dauds were working. 

"Our trip, Mamma and I to San Francisco and Los Angeles in 1956 to visit Mary in San Francisco one month and Helen in Los Angeles one month.
Blacky is daughter Mary 28 years
Lenka is daughter Helen 34 years
Dowey is daughter Laura Ann 23 years
Pungee is daughter Delores 27 years".



  1. AMAZED at the preoccupation with how much everything costs and how much stuff you can manage to get for free!

  2. It was partly a game with Uncle Math, I think, and partly the Hesch way. Besides, California prices have always startled Minnesotans--you go there so you can be grateful when you get home ☺ I liked his remark about the LA Museum: ". No use to mention what we saw in the museum. Just the average stuff though it was real nice" He was ready to go home by then, I guess.