Category Archives: Emil Borreson

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 Tribute to Emil

The photos that feature our ancestors’ daily lives are too few, it seems to me. I’d love to have photos of Grandfather Emil milking the cows, for example, or Grandmother Gina making cheese. Photos of these events, so ordinary to … Continue reading

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A Bit of Trivia

Here’s a bit of Borreson trivia: What was invented in 1899, the year Emil Borreson and Gina Estenson were married? The answer: the paper clip. Click this link for more details: http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blpaperclip.htm. A scientist by the name of Johan Vaaler … 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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Borreson Cousins 1942

Just recently cousin Albert mailed me a copy of a find he had made: an old photo of the Borreson cousins when there were but eight of them. He told me Erlin was the youngest – the baby – in … Continue reading

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Grandfather Emil’s Sister Emma

One of the sad notes among the stories Aunt Clara Cook tells in her family history, Homestead, is the fate of our grandfather Emil’s sister Emma. (In a recent post, I had included a photo of her.) Emma was born … Continue reading

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A Bertha Puzzle Solved

In Homestead, Aunt Clara admits to having “no additional information” about Berthe Borresen, born December 25, 1842 in Norway to Borre Andersen and Maria Andersdatter. Bertha would have been an aunt our grandfather Emil, and Clara indicates she came to … Continue reading

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