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.