Category Archives: Elias Borreson

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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Surprise, Then Disappointment

Today, between appointments, I attempted another quick search at the La Crosse Library for death records for Bernt Borreson, our grandfather Emil’s brother. He was living in La Crosse in the 1890s, and he has died by 1905, but I … Continue reading

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An Earlier Generation of Tobacco Raising

Welcome back. This is my first posting in months, but my little discovery yesterday is one I am eager to share with you. I was at the Whitehall Public Library researching ski jumping in the winter of 1907, when, on … Continue reading

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All Their Sorrows

Emil and Gina Borreson managed to raise all ten of their children from infancy to adulthood. Not one death. I’ve always thought that quite remarkable; I read of other Pigeon Falls families not so fortunate. For Emil’s parents, in fact, … Continue reading

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Reasons for Leaving Norway

Generally speaking, many Norwegians emigrated for economic reasons. Only the oldest son would inherit land; younger siblings would be landless – and with that came poverty. So at the very time Norway had too many people, America wanted more to … 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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