Monthly Archives: June 2011

The First Tractor

By the year 1923, Henry Ford’s company had produced over 100,000 tractors and had more than 75% of this farm market. That same year, Emil Borreson bought his first tractor – a Fordson, probably a Model F – and gave his horses a … Continue reading

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The Old Stone Milk House

The farm in Fitch Coulee homesteaded by Elias and Kari Borresen dates back to the 1870s, and surely the oldest building standing yet today must be the old stone milk house just north of the brick house. It would be fun to pin down … Continue reading

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The Changing Dairy Cow

After wanting to do a post on the dairy cow for some time, I received a unique photo from Sid and Irene that was just what I needed. But first, a bit of background. In the 1870s and 1880s, when our … Continue reading

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Emil the Lumberjack

Did you know that Emil Borreson was a lumberjack? Well, in a way. Here’s what his daughter Clara wrote in Homestead (34): “While growing up on the farm [in Fitch Coulee, Emil] spent several winters during his early manhood working as a … Continue reading

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Four Generation Photos

Four generation photos are usually rare family treasures, so it’s nice to have a couple of them to share on this blog. These photos cover five generations from the oldest, Maria Thorson Estenson (born in 1850 in Norway), to the youngest, three of our “Borreson cousins” … Continue reading

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An 1890s Snapshot

In the early 1890s, Bertinus and Maria (Thorson) Estenson had been in America fifteen-plus years. Bertinus had emigrated in 1875, Maria the following year, and they had married in the fall of 1879. In 1892, here’s their family portrait with three of their … Continue reading

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A Barn Dance Question

When I posted the old newspaper announcement of Emil and Gina’s July 4, 1904 barn dance,  it raised a question too good to ignore (even though I added it as a comment). Aunt Irene had e-mailed me this: “Sid was … Continue reading

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