Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Butter vs. Oleo Battles

Do you remember anything about the butter vs. oleo “battles” in Wisconsin? Do you recall any episodes on this subject in your own home as you were growing up? Wisconsin’s license plates still have the words, “America’s Dairyland,” and they … Continue reading

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Emil the Woodworker

Emil Borreson (born 1872) was a farmer first of all, from the days of his youth into the 1940s when he began renting his farm to sons who wanted a start in the farming business. We’ve seen how he appreciated the … Continue reading

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Along The Pilgrim Way in Norway

For hundreds of years following the death of St. Olaf in 1031, medieval pilgrims would travel to Trondheim. There, near the place of his death, they hoped to acquire powers that the saint himself was said to possess. The route by which … Continue reading

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No Deer Hunting Back Then

In the Borreson family, there are stories aplenty of baseball and skiing, but to my knowledge, there are no stories of the Emil Borreson picking up his gun and joining a deer hunt. In recent years deer hunting is such a … Continue reading

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Farm Progress

In the thirties, the WPA put many people to work with federal funds, including writers – one of the more controversial inclusions. The result was a number of state guides like The WPA Guide to Wisconsin. First published in 1941, … Continue reading

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A Toast to Gina

Before the days of summer depart and the dandelions give up their attempt to overwhelm us, I offer this brief post as a remembrance of Gina, grandmother to us Borreson cousins. Mary and I have been enjoying the second of two … Continue reading

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Dairying 1920-1940

After including Emil’s auction in my August 2 post, I noticed an e-mail from Sid and Irene with related information, specifically about the dairy operation.  Sid remembers that Pinetree milking machines had replaced hand milking before he was born in 1923. … Continue reading

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