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 10, 2016

John Ferschweiler, Mike Sand's Buddy

We've written before of LeSauk resident and neighbor of Peter and Angelique Sand, John Ferschweiler.  If you're interested (or you forgot), type Ferschweiler into the search box above, left ☺. Looks like when Larry and I were researching him, we didn't think to check the partly definitive "History of Stearns County, Minnesota" since you had to pay to be included in the book.  Our folks didn't pay, but hooray, John did. Also, another member of the Ferschweiler family, John's sister Magdalena, married J P Sand, our GGrandpa Mike's oldest brother.  That's a whole 'nother story.

To clarify, the Peter & Margaret Ferschweiler family and the Peter & Angelique Sand family were neighbors in Sartell, LeSauk township, Stearns county, MN before and during and after the Civil War.  There are houses, a strip mall and gas station/convenience store on that land now.


  1. There's another selection box on the left side of each page. It says "select language". Sometimes, just for fun, I translate the blog into Hindi. Very pretty but guess what? Ferschweiler does not translate into Hindi! Who would have guessed?

  2., you're right! The script is lovely, but it doesn't even attempt Ferschweiler. Thanks for noticing ☺