Monthly Archives: July 2011

Nordic Fest Reunion

While some of my cousins (spouses and children too) spent two or three days immersed in all things Norwegian at Decorah’s Nordic Fest, Mary and I were able to be there only Friday. But I know we included the right event … Continue reading

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The Pastors Christopherson

Pigeon Creek Evangelical Lutheran Church, which has served Borresons and Estensons from the time they arrived in Fitch Coulee, has the distinction of a father and son as its pastors for nearly 90 years. Emanuel Christopherson arrived from Norway in 1876 to accept … Continue reading

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From Taxi Driver to Record Bowler

Oh, my, the things we learn “out of school” – and from searching old newspapers. Today it’s time to give a bit of attention to Uncle Sid and share two things about him that I didn’t know: that he once was … Continue reading

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Haying Season

In the month of June, haying season hit full stride on the farm, so it’s about time that I include this 1935 photo. Bennie, with fork in hand, stands atop the hay load on the right. He is “assisted” by Odell, … Continue reading

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Ye Olde Dog Shep

It must be mandatory that every farm has had a dog by the name of Shep. The long-haired, lovable creature most likely would have been a Collie, Shepherd, or mix of the two. If Shep was of another time, he would have been a … Continue reading

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Gina and Emil’s 40th Anniversary

Awhile ago, David sent me several photos and a news clipping of Emil and Gina Borreson’s fortieth wedding anniversary celebration that took place on their farm in August 1939. I split the news clipping in a attempt to make it easier to read. You … Continue reading

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Church as Social Center

Recently I happened upon a fascinating article in the Wisconsin Magazine of History that connected to our family’s history over a hundred years ago. The subject, “Rural Church Reform in Wisconsin During the Progressive Era” by Brian W. Beltman, looked at the … Continue reading

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In Gina’s Kitchen

Just about anything that I might know about Gina’s kitchen has come from you who have commented to this blog. So, thank you! Since the information about foods in the family has arrived in bits and pieces, I went back through … Continue reading

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Emil’s Leading-Edge Style

How shall we describe Emil as a farmer? In Homestead, his daughter Clara is direct: “Emil was the first farmer to have a modern farm in the coulee.” Sid confirms this progressive way about his father: it was important to Emil … Continue reading

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Listening to the Radio

An item on the 1930 United States Census caught my eye. I was looking over the lines for Emil, Gina, and their family when I noticed one category was “Radio set.” Did Emil and Gina have a radio on April … Continue reading

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