Author Archives: Glenn Borreson

Bertinus Becomes a Citizen

Looking through copies of some items cousin Carol shared with me that had been in her father Bennie’s possession, I realized I could post a few more photos and other documents as well. Since I have just blogged about the … Continue reading

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An Estenson Journey to America

According to Aunt Clara in the Borreson-Estenson family history Homestead, Bertinus Estenson and his family had a contract to sail from Norway April 15, 1875. He was 33 years old. With him were his parents, his brother Peter, and step-brother … Continue reading

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On the Green Bay and Western Railroad

When ski jumping was in its heyday in Trempealeau County, the railroad was ready to step up and transport passengers to the excitement. On page 68 in my book LOOK OUT BELOW! Ski Jumping in Western Wisconsin’s Trempealeau County, I … Continue reading

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Syverine at Northern Colony

A very different chapter in the Borreson family story was the stay of Syverine Marie, Emil’s older sister, at Northern Colony or the “Wisconsin Home for the Feeble Minded” at Chippewa Falls. In an earlier post, I indicated the possibility … Continue reading

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A Death in 1909

Do a search in this blog for “Emma Borreson” and you’ll read news of our grandfather Emil’s sister who married Carl Olson in 1907, moved to South Dakota with her husband, and then died by drowning in 1909. When I … Continue reading

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A Hospital’s Roots in Pigeon Falls

Yesterday as I was perusing a history of Gundersen (Lutheran) Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin, I came across a surprise: the meeting for its founding was held in Pigeon Falls! Pastor Emanuel Christophersen, who married Emil and Gina Borreson in … Continue reading

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A Family Moves to Canada

While the death of Emil Borreson’s uncle Bernt eludes me, I am learning more about his family than I anticipated. As I wrote previously, not only did all four of Bernt’s daughters end up in North Dakota, but so did … Continue reading

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