Monthly Archives: August 2014

Pine Tree Milker ad from 1920

While I was reviewing old copies of the Whitehall Times-Banner on microfilm at the La Crosse Public Library, I came across this photo as part of Pine Tree Milker ad on page 4 of the June 29, 1920 edition of … Continue reading

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Our Ancestors’ Stop in Londonderry

Our ancestors Elias and Kari Borreson made a ship change in Ireland on their way to America. They had boarded the Scandinavia from Norway and then, stopping in Londonderry, switched to the Britainia for the ocean voyage to New York … Continue reading

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1880s Farming Changes

The Elias and Kari Borreson family arrived in Fitch Coulee in 1874 and Bertinus Estenson the year after. This was just in time for great farming changes occurring in Wisconsin. For several decades, wheat farming had been the rage, until … Continue reading

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More About Norwegian Names

As I continued to read A Handbook of Scandinavian Names, it was fun to see the names in our own family, especially a few that I have questions about. The name “Borre,” for example, is not common as a given … Continue reading

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Norwegian Naming Practices in Our Family

My current reading is A Handbook of Scandinavian Names (Coleman and Veka, 2010) published by the University of Wisconsin Press. I thought I’d share with you how traditional naming practices worked out in our family. In Norway the first son … Continue reading

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Pigeon Falls Plat 1901

A recent visit to the La Crosse Public Library paid off with a nice find: a plat of Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin, in the year 1901. It was a very basic little place, with one or two streets, depending how you … Continue reading

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