Category Archives: Emil Borreson

Where Emil Was Baptized

As I was perusing again the history of Onalaska, Wisconsin, From Sawmills to Sunfish, I discovered a photo that should have been included with one of first posts I made on this blog. Our grandfather, Emil Borreson, was baptized October … Continue reading

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Farming in Fitch Coulee

Here are three more photos from cousin Carol, grouped in this post because all are glimpses of farming in Fitch Coulee – maybe around 1940. Enjoy them. In this photo of farmers and horses taken at the Flikkeshaug farm, our … Continue reading

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Lumber Camp Cook

In addition to Clara’s account of her father Emil Borreson, I always wish I had more information about “his early manhood working as a cook at the Beef Slough Lumber Camp, 20 miles north of Winona [Minnesota]” (Homestead, 34). Recently … Continue reading

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Emil at Beef Slough

Doing this blog is especially interesting to me when a family member or event connects with a well-known historical moment. Such is the case when Clara writes, “While growing up on the farm, [Emil Borreson] spent several winters during his … Continue reading

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Borresons in 1940 Census

The state of Wisconsin is now searchable on Ancestry.com for the 1940 U. S. Census, so I thought I’d share with you what’s reported about the Emil Borreson family on the farm in Fitch Coulee. Here’s the information, person by person, … Continue reading

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1938 and Electric Power

The year 1938 held an important technological advance for rural America, especially rural Wisconsin. In her Homestead family history, aunt Clara Cook describes it this way: “In 1938, the Wisconsin Power Cooperative had an easement on land to the area to … Continue reading

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Where They Lived in 1901

Recently I stopped by the library in Blair, Wisconsin, and I made the happy discovery of a plat book from 1901 that included the Borreson and Estensen farms in Fitch Coulee. The very large book had a very long title too: Standard … Continue reading

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Surviving Childhood

Amazing, I have often thought, that Emil and Gina Borreson had ten children all of whom survived childhood and lived well into their adult years. Edwin was the youngest to die at age 58. There were no family deaths in … Continue reading

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Borresons Visit Larkin Valley

This photo comes from a scrapbook of my mother’s, on a day when some of the Borresons visited my parents Garven and Cora in Larkin Valley near Blair. If I’ve figured this correctly, they rented the place for a few months beginning … Continue reading

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Emil’s 1917 Model T Ford

Early in May 2011, I included a generic photo of a Model T Ford along with several stories about Emil’s first car in Clara’s family history. Only months later did I find, in a photo album my mother had assembled, this picture of … Continue reading

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