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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Monday, September 7, 2015

Nighttime speed limits?

There's a certain place on I-94 that always makes me flash on a memory of this type of highway sign, and I think, when did they go away?  Now we have minimum and maximum speed signs.  I suppose 45 seemed really fast and sorta foolhardy, and  "slower at night" made sense. (BTW, it was almost never "strictly enforced" ☺).  Kinda still seems like a good idea, tho.

The other thing that occurs to me as I drive lately is the remarkable lack of bugs.  Remember when the windshield would be just peppered with dead bugs? There seemed to be swarms, and gas station attendants had to work to remove the dried-on bug guts.  I doubt that bugs are smarter now (avoiding the highways), has modern pest control reduced their numbers that drastically? Whew.

Addendum: Remember how the screen door used to be a fly-roost when we were kids?  "Close the door or the flies'll come in!"  I've seen swarms of tiny gnats this summer, but only one fly here in the house.  Wow, things are changing.


  1. Maybe your driving is better and you're just driving between the bugs now. Could be!

  2. OR, maybe the same amount of bugs is now distributed among thousands more cars. Wow, either is possible, huh?