Category Archives: Farming

1880s Farming Changes

The Elias and Kari Borreson family arrived in Fitch Coulee in 1874 and Bertinus Estenson the year after. This was just in time for great farming changes occurring in Wisconsin. For several decades, wheat farming had been the rage, until … 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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Drought Year 1934

What was the state of farming in Trempealeau County in the drought years of the thirties? I went to the Winona Republican-Herald to search out a few articles, especially for 1934.  Here’s some of what I found. Year 1929 and after In … Continue reading

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Our Ancestors’ Occupations

As I stopped at the magazines in Barnes & Noble recently, the feature article on the cover of a genealogy magazine gave me a quiet chuckle. The title was something like, “Discover Your Ancestors’ Occupations.” Really! I thought to myself: going back … Continue reading

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In the Shorthorn Business

Clara’s description of her first cousin Theodore J. Thorson’s business has interested me and I have wanted to know more about it. Clara wrote that he “purchased cattle of the breed known as Shorthorns and built up a first class and profitable … Continue reading

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The Fitch Coulee Farm in the 1950s

This farm photo of the Fitch Coulee farm comes to me from Albert who had shared it with Lesley. Albert thinks it comes from the fifties. The photo is a nice addition to this blog. I love the panoramic view, everything … 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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Harvest Time on the Farm

Our cousin Carol mailed me several good photos for posting on this blog, taken while her father Bennie was an active part of the home farm operation in Fitch Coulee. This first photo has Bennie on the tractor seat and … 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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Traveling in 1878 Trempealeau County

What were the roads like at the time the Borresens and Estensens arrived in Trempealeau County? For Elias and Kari Borresen, that would be 1873 in Fitch Coulee near Pigeon Falls; for Bertinus Estensen, 1875, and for his future wife Maria Thorsen, 1876. In Merle … Continue reading

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