Category Archives: Churches

A Pastor’s Anniversary

A great nephew (as I recall) of Pastor Einar Christophersen, Carson Taylor, said he was going through some old photos, and he was thoughtful enough to forward one to me. Since Einar was family pastor for decades of Borresons, 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 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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