Category Archives: Farming

A Family Moves to Canada

While the death of Emil Borreson’s uncle Bernt eludes me, I am learning more about his family than I anticipated. As I wrote previously, not only did all four of Bernt’s daughters end up in North Dakota, but so did … 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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The Norwegian Crop

This Saturday evening (Nov. 14) I am going to Black River Falls to present a program on tobacco raising to the local Sons of Norway lodge (at the Masonic Lodge building, 7 p.m.). Our Borreson family history led me to … Continue reading

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A Scene from the Past

This cool August morning I made a trip to Osseo to find old newspaper stories about ski jumping in the area. The woman at the Tri-County News office was helpful, and I made some progress in filling a gap in … 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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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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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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