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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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Ferdinand "Ferdie" Stepan 1919-2017

Over the years we've been  publishing Hesch History, we've been introduced to Buckman/Pierz/Morrison county personalities that mom & dad would have known.  Or, names I heard as kid--like Suess, Hurrle, Denzen, Kappes, Dengel...and this family, the Stepans.  Here's how they relate, from a post in 2014.  
In the last few years of his life, Ferdinand Stepan wrote letters about growing up in Buckman.  We got to post one that mentioned Math Hesch, the reporter, 3 years ago.  Read it again--he must have been fun to know ☺. I wish I had.

Ferdie was 97 and lived thru some amazing times, but I think it's never long enough. He'll be missed, I know.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting Uncle Ferdie's obit. I will contact his children to see if there are more stories about his early life. Ferdie was quite the story teller and his kids are along the same vein.