Monthly Archives: May 2012

1938 and Electric Power

The year 1938 held an important technological advance for rural America, especially rural Wisconsin. In her Homestead family history, aunt Clara Cook describes it this way: “In 1938, the Wisconsin Power Cooperative had an easement on land to the area to … Continue reading

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Why They Came to Wisconsin

Did you ever wonder why our ancestors came to Wisconsin – or specifically Trempealeau County or Fitch Coulee? The answer is usually found in who came before they did. But first, let me back up a step. In the 1850s … Continue reading

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Ski Jumping: One More Time

Will this be the last post on ski jumping? I’d like to say yes, but I can’t promise! A week ago, I was given a website enabling me to search old Winona, Minnesota, newspapers. What a treasure that was! Those … Continue reading

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Whitehall Ski Jump in 1938

Recently the librarian in Whitehall pointed me in the direction of a website to access old Winona, Minnesota, newspapers. Did they ever carry great ski jumping news from western Wisconsin! Among the gems I uncovered, I located this picture of … Continue reading

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Traveling in 1878 Trempealeau County

What were the roads like at the time the Borresens and Estensens arrived in Trempealeau County? For Elias and Kari Borresen, that would be 1873 in Fitch Coulee near Pigeon Falls; for Bertinus Estensen, 1875, and for his future wife Maria Thorsen, 1876. In Merle … Continue reading

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