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.
For a little context, this photo was taken the same year Math Hesch was born, and his brother Anton (our eventual grandpa) was 7. Paul Hesch was still alive and Mary Otremba Hesch, his wife, was a cousin to these four men because immigrants Johann and Anton Otremba were brothers. Isn't that cool?