Monthly Archives: March 2012

Enroute to Wisconsin in 1869

On June 8, 1869, Elias and Kari Borresen arrived in the New York harbor aboard the ship Britannia. About four weeks before and married just months, they had left Norway for America. I’ve wondered about their journey from New York to Pigeon Falls, … Continue reading

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More on Going-to-Chicago

My question about why Mabel and Clara went to Chicago as young women now has three helpful responses. My thanks to each of you. First, an e-mail from Mabel’s son Conrad offers this: “Far as I can remember, my mother came down … Continue reading

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Going to Chicago

Sometimes a turn in the Borreson family story will raise more questions than answers for me. How sisters Mabel and Clara ended up in greater Chicago is one of those. Maybe one of you can tell me. In “Finding Their Way in the … Continue reading

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Homesick for Norway

Some time ago I read Ole Rolvaag’s 1920s immigrant classic, Giants in the Earth, and noticed how homesick one of the main characters became in her new life in the Dakota territory. Beret longed for family and the old country … Continue reading

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Arguing about Dairy Breeds

In my growing-up years on the farm in North Beaver Creek, a friend whose family had Jersey dairy cows that gave very rich milk, used to poke fun at those of us with Holstein herds by teasing, “When we finish … Continue reading

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