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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Friday, January 27, 2017

Morrison county roads in 1912

Cruising along on my way to Little Falls last week, I was appreciating the smooth, well cleared winter road, and its efficient route past farms and thru towns.  I figure most of Minnesota's rural roads are updated pioneer trails just because I like the idea.  I can imagine making the trip home from town with a loaded wagon or sleigh--avoiding hills, and swamps, and deciding where to cross the creek, would be important.  
Two articles from the Pierz Journal about roads: by 1912, there were many more automobiles using the farm roads, going faster than horses could, so roads needed grading and de-rutting.  Up to that time, if a road was too pitted, a local farmer would do maintenance with a drag behind a team.  But now it looks like townies got involved.  This second article is fun because of all the people and places named.  I'll add a 1912 plat map to see if we can figure where they meant. Click to enlarge ­čśĆ
(If you can't read the maps here, try the original plat book from Minnesota Reflections website.  I set it to the Little Falls-Agram-Pierz townships page, but it reverts to the whole plat book.  Click the townships on the right and be patient.  Enlarge it there with the slider just above the map window, ok?)

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