Category Archives: Churches

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 Borresen in Ponteix

Bernt Borresen, Emil’s uncle and baptismal sponsor at Halfway Creek in La Crosse in 1872, remains something of a tantalizing mystery. He married Clara Olson, had five children, and worked for the railroad in La Crosse, Wisconsin, for some years. … Continue reading

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Bernt Borresen in La Crosse

One of the family mysteries has been Bernt Borresen, our grandfather Emil’s uncle and his godfather in 1872. Although I have learned much about him, including his marriage and family, his death before 1905 remains an unknown. He and his … Continue reading

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A Old Prediction Come True

One of my favorite sources for both genealogy and local history is the large, nearly-100-year-old volume, History of Trempealeau County Wisconsin, published in 1917 (although its not very helpful in researching Borresons and Estensons). As I was perusing the book … Continue reading

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An Old Confirmation Certificate

One of the special aspects to doing this blog is that occasionally I get surprised by message that I wasn’t expecting. A couple days ago, the surprise was an e-mail contact from Carson Taylor, a great grandson of Pastor Emmanuel … Continue reading

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Pigeon Creek Lutheran Church Memorial

Many changes have taken place since the fire destroyed Pigeon Creek Lutheran Church back in 2011. This past Monday, a cold and rainy spring day, I stopped by the old church site and witnessed the beautiful memorial park that has … Continue reading

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Pigeon Creek Lutheran Parsonage

In 1947, Pastor E. B. (Einar) Christophersen was serving four Lutheran congregations: Upper Pigeon Creek, South Beef River, Hixton, and Pigeon Creek, the church of the Borresons and their ancestors. Recently, a nephew of Einar and Myrtle, Carson Taylor, sent … Continue reading

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